I have all kinds of craft ideas now that I'm not working and have ample time on my hands. I know this time will come to a close when baby shanks arrives so I'm trying to soak in my last weeks of freedom. This week's project.. making a crib mobile for my sweet baby girl. Thank you to Pinterest for continually flooding my right brain with motivating and inspirational craft ideas. It is because of you that I continually have a project going.
So I started looking at crib mobiles. I saw this and fell in love with how colorful it was. However, there is no way I'm paying $150 for a mobile.
And then I found this adorable fabric bird mobile on Etsy. However, I didn't want to pay $85 plus shipping to Canada.
I also really liked a simple tissue pom mobile. But I had already fallen in love with the birds so I couldn't let them go. I also thought $40 for a pom mobile was a bit expensive. (I'm sure you are beginning to think I'm a penny pincher!)
Then on Pinterest last week I found a blog that had a free pattern for the birds. BINGO! To get the full instructions you'll need to click on over to Spool Sewing. So this is really easy to do everyone. I used scrap fabric I already had. (I did buy a few small swatches from Walmart in their craft section. Each was $2. I think I used about 6 different swatches). You will also need different size sewing hoops (I used 3), thread, needle, batting, pipe cleaners or fake flower wire, and hot glue. I cut out the fabric using the pattern from Spool Sewing. Then I sewed (by hand... on the machine would be much easier but I don't have one) and stuffed the birds. Then I glued them on to the hoops. I also glued on these paper flowers from Paper Source ($15) that I already had in my scrapbooking box. Next I made poms out of colorful tissue (I bought a pack from Walmart for $4). For a pom tissue tuitorial visit Natsprat. (I made them half the size she makes them in her blog). Next I hung up the hoops with the thread and attached to the ceiling with a small screw hook.
Labels: baby shanks, DIY, nursery