I am so excited to finally show y'all the project that I have been working on!!! After looking everywhere for a cute mobile for Oliver's crib, I decided to make one myself. Below you can find the instructions and final product!
Sheets of felt in the colors that you want to use (one sheet per monster)
2 buttons per monster
An assortment of different colors of thread
Cotton or Nylon Batting
A used or Unwanted Mobile (I found mine for 7 dollars at Target on the clearance rack)
Total Price: $25
Making the Monsters:
*You could use this same system to make other characters that are not monsters.
Step 1: Trace out the character that you want to make. I used Mike Wazowski for my example.
Step 2: Cut him out
Step 3: Trace your first cut out to make a duplicate and cut out the second piece.
Step 4: Cut the pieces for the eyes (mouth, stripes, horns, etc. Mike only had the two pieces for his eyes).
Step 5: Attach the accessory pieces to your body. Make sure not to attach the eyes to both body pieces. You do not want the two body pieces to be attached yet.
Step 6: Begin to sew your two body pieces together by connecting the edges. It may take some trial and error to figure out the best place to start. I found starting with the side moving to the legs and up to the other side the best way to start because it helps with the stuffing.
Step 7: Stuff your monster. The legs and arms are hard to stuff so you might want to use a pen to stuff the stuffing down there. That is why I do the bottom half first- stuff the legs- and then move to the arms.
Step 8: Leave an opening at the top of your character to attach to the mobile.
Sewing tip: I don't know any of the fancy terms for sewing, but there is a stitch that will help close up your monster so that stuffing will not leak out. It will make a straight line along the edge of your character. In order to do this stitch, feed the needle through the felt from the front of the character and pull the needle through the loop that the thread will make. Repeat the stitch by piercing the FRONT of the character each time. Never enter the needle from the back of the monster if you want to continue the line stitch. If that didn't make ANY sense, maybe the pictures will help!
To the left is the result of the stitch I used and the right are the four monsters that I made!
Making the Doors:
Step 1: Cut strips of felt
Step 2: Fold them in half and sew around the edges.
Step 3: Leave an opening at the top
Step 4: Enter your needle from the space you left at the top of the door and come through the felt at the place where you would like to add windows or other door features. You can make each door unique!
Step 5: Sew buttons on for the door knobs
Turning your creations into a mobile:
Step 1: I bought a clearance mobile and disassembled the characters that were attached to it. You can find mobile making kits and the tools to build your own attachment, but I chose an easier route!
Step 2: Attach a string into the part of the pieces that you left open and close the gap. I used a green trimming.
Step 3: Attach the string you attached to your characters to your mobile base.
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