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Fabric Leaf Hanging Mobile (…or any other shape)

While putting Oliver’s room together (right before he was born 3 weeks ago), I had visions of making a mobile.  Not one to hang over his crib…….but something fun to hang over the fabric chair in the corner of his room.  I figured I’d make some sort of simple mobile structure and then hang my own string, attach fabric shapes of some sort, etc.  But, in true Ashley fashion, I procrastinated my days away — and still hadn’t finished the mobile, with only a couple weeks before Oliver’s arrival.  That’s when I started browsing around Amazon, trying to find some sort of pre-made mobile base and came across a very simple (and inexpensive) Photo Mobile, that you clip pictures from.  Bingo.  That was going to become the base for Oliver’s nursery mobile.

 

So, I created some very simple Fabric Leaves…..and clipped them to the mobile.  Truly, about a 30-60 minute project!

 

 

 

 

Really simple.  And exactly what the space needed.  (And just think……you could customize this to your space by using stars, hearts, cars, circles, triangles, etc.)

 

 

 

I didn’t want anything too fussy or distracting….but wanted to add a little color to the empty space above the fabric chair.  (The chair was re-upholstered here.)  And with a slight breeze from the window or ceiling fan (or from simply walking by), the mobile rotates and the leaves gently move around.

 

 

 

And the leaves go perfectly with the Giraffe Art that hangs above Oliver’s crib. 

(Tutorial for Giraffe Nursery Art here.)  I still love walking in and seeing those colorful giraffes!

 

 

 

The leaves are fabric with a layer of felt in the middle (to make the leaves stiff and a bit heavier)…..with some really simple sewn lines for detail.

 

 

 

The nursery has taken on a bit of a simple safari look……and I’m kind of in love with it.  Especially with the addition of this simple little mobile. :)

 

 

 

Want to make one too?  Remember, any ol’ shape will work…

 

 

 

Supplies:

 

 

Cut whatever shape you’re making out of heavy cardstock and use that as a pattern piece to trace onto your fabric.  For every 1 shape that you hang from your mobile, you’ll need 2 pieces of fabric, 2 pieces of double-sided fusible webbing, and 1 piece of felt. 

 

 

 

Sandwich the felt in the middle with a piece of webbing on either side of it and then fabric on the very outside.  Iron flat, until your webbing activates and fuses all the layers together.

 

 

 

Trim off any uneven edges.

 

 

 

Then zig-zag stitch around the outer edges.

 

 

 

Then, add any detail you need to your shape, with a straight stitch.  (It’s easier to maneuver if you increase your stitch length just a bit, allowing the needle to jump over more fabric at once.)

 

For each leaf, I made one straight line down the center…

 

 

 

…and then added three “V” shaped lines that reached all the way to both sides, with the point of the “V” along the center line of the the leaf.

 

 

 

Repeat until you have the desired amount of shapes for you mobile…and hang.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

 

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Added Touch says:

    Such a simple and cute idea!

  2. Kim says:

    I love this mobile, and the simplicity of it! Your safari theme is really adorable. I used safari for my first baby, and still am loving it- this mobile is the “freshen up the look” project I need, since baby#5 is due in 3 months!

  3. Laurel M. says:

    Gah! Did you make the chevron quilt on the chair? LOVE!

    1. Ashley says:

      No, I actually bought it at Home Goods. I fell in love too! :)

  4. Kim says:

    This adorable and so simple… I love it!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Kim!

  5. Lynette says:

    That is very cute. I love it! I will have to start thinking about possibilities for my baby girl who’s coming in october.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Lynette! And congrats on your baby girl on her way!!! :)

  6. Nicki Rochead says:

    Very cute and just the right height for the giraffes to eat! I already have one of those picture mobiles so now my mind is whizzing.

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…..yep, perfect for the giraffes! And yes, this is perfect for you then! :)

      Thanks Nicki!
      Ashley

  7. Lori says:

    Very cute! I also love your wall color. Can you tell me what color and brand you used?

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Lori!

      It’s called Miners Dust by Dunn Edwards, but I color matched it with Behr paint at Home Depot. :)

  8. Celinda says:

    I was also wondering about how to attach this to the ceiling. This looks great!

    1. Ashley says:

      Sure, I just looped some clear beading wire through the top of metal mobile and hung it from a screw hook that I screwed into the ceiling. (Before screwing the hook into the ceiling, I put one of those plastic anchors into the ceiling first, and then screwed into the plastic anchor. If you’ve never used a plastic anchor, they are super cheap and come in packages of multiples. They hammer into a hole you drill into the wall/ceiling and you don’t actually see them when they’re installed.)

      Hope that helps!
      Ashley

  9. Leah Wheatley says:

    It’s lovely! Great simple design perfect for a newborn x

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Leah!

  10. Natalie says:

    It turned out so cute! And it’s simple enough I think I could handle making one for my next baby. How did you attach the base to the ceiling? I recently hung some paper lanterns and pom poms in my daughter’s room and I’m having a hard time making them stay up there!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, I looped some clear beading wire through the top of metal mobile and hung it from a screw hook that I screwed into the ceiling. (Before screwing the hook into the ceiling, I put one of those plastic anchors into the ceiling first, and then screwed into the plastic anchor. If you’ve never used a plastic anchor, they are super cheap and come in packages of multiples. They hammer into a hole you drill into the wall/ceiling and you don’t actually see them when they’re installed.)

      Hope that helps!
      Ashley

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