Put a Bird on it: DIY mobile

my sister, Amy, helped with this project for baby girl’s room as well as yesterday’s post about the bookshelves.
let’s be honest… she made most of it because i kept getting distracted by a certain little miss. if left by myself, i never would have finished all of it! so THANK YOU sweet sista!

diy mobile

my guide for making this mobile came from THIS POST. look how cute theirs is::

What you need:

  • fabric {multiple colors that coordinate}
  • scissors
  • embroidery hoops
  • embroidery thread
  • stuffing
  • ribbon
  • the pattern for the birds came from the tutorial above, just click on the link in her post to print it.

first we made the birds by tracing the pattern with chalk and cutting out coordinating patterns. we just made the tummies of the birds a different fabric than the bodies.

cutting out birds
then we got out pretty thick thread and started sewing the pieces together. ย we just used a simple hand stitch because we liked to see the stitches on the birds. you just follow the pattern and line up the matching colors.

sewing birds

doesn’t she look super excited to be helping me out?!

well, she was. lol. we made ten little birdies!

birds

when you’re almost done sewing you just stuff the little buggers. that’s the fun part because then they come to life and we started talking with them… {what can i say, we were really into it} for the eyes, i just made a pile of knots. not the best way to make them, i’m sure. the tutorial says to use french knots…but i don’t know how to do that.

then we wrapped the hoops with some of the millions of pink ribbon I got with the gifts from buybuybaby! i knew it would come in handy saving all of those pink and yellow ribbons!

i used two different sized hoops but i think in the tutorial she uses the same size. or maybe they are just bigger than mine were. mine actually look pretty small when they’re hung up. they could be bigger now that i’m thinking about it. then weย Amy just sewed the ย birds on the hoops!

nursery-mobile
and then i hung it with fishing line! this picture kind of makes it look like it’s hanging wonky, but it’s not, don’t worry.

it’s up high so that when she starts grabbing for things she can’t reach it. i also read that if you make your own mobile you don’t want any of the strings or ribbons to be longer than 7″ just in case she pulls it down somehow. good to know.

i love the little birds watching over her as she is sleeping. after naps sometimes i catch her just staring at them! i also LOVE that auntie Amy helped to make them. such a fun little memory for the two of us!

mobile from below

and here’s the view from below. i think it’s pretty cute! have any of you made your own baby mobile? what did you make it of?

{for those of you who want a more comprehensive tutorial, click over to the one i used here}

coming soon: finished nursery tour!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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2 Responses to Put a Bird on it: DIY mobile

  1. Sherri Brown March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Very cute!~!

  2. Sharon March 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    I especially love the one little bird–its musical material really gives new meaning to “song bird.”

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