Design: Making a mobile in 10 easy steps

At three months-old, baby Thomas currently is sleeping in our room in his Stokke cot set up next to our bed. As he will eventually be sharing a room with his brother, I haven’t had a nursery to decorate this time round so I decided to try and make this little corner of the room his own – starting with a cloud mobile.

Drawing inspiration from his Babasac from Mama designs, I decided to make a cloud mobile to correspond with the design. I had spied a couple of mobiles online but thought that the price tag was a little steep, and obviously I’m still in the midst of No Spend November! My first call was naturally Pinterest for some how-to guides but discovered broken links and videos that didn’t work. Not to be put off, I decided the pictures gave me enough of an idea anyway so I set about gathering equipment:

How to make a cloud mobile in 10 steps
What you need:
  • White card
  • A pencil
  • A good idea of what a cloud looks like (or you could print one off!)
  • Scissors
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler
  • An embroidery hoop

Step 1:

Using your pencil draw two clouds on the white card – one big and one small – and then cut them out.

Step 2:

Draw round these clouds to create more for uniformity – you need eight of each kind – these need to be cut out too.

tip: I found my hand began to hurt with all the cutting at this stage so just did them over a few days.

Step 3:

Remove any visible pencil marks with a clean rubber – you could choose to skip this stage and simply claim them as storm clouds!

Step 4:

Line up two clouds together and find the mid-point. Using your ruler mark dots along with line about 5mm apart.

clouds1

Step 5:

Thread your needle before pushing the needle through the hole closest to the bottom of the cloud.

Step 6:

Tie this off before sewing up the rest of the cloud leaving a long tail of thread. Repeat this for the rest of your clouds.

Step 7:

Fold out the clouds so that they are now 3-D.

Constructing a cloud mobile

Step 8:

Attach the threads from the clouds to your embroidery hoop. At this point, play around with the height of the clouds. Keep one large cloud back.

Step 9:

Add three threads to the hoop and tie together creating a hanging point. Hang your final large cloud from this central point. You may wish to add a key ring to make it easier to hang.

TIP: I TIED MY THREADS TO THE INSIDE HOOP CUTTING OFF LOOSE ENDS BEFORE PUTTING THE OUTSIDE BACK ON SO IT LOOKS NEATER.

Step 10:

Hang cloud mobile and go gloat to friends that you did ‘arts and crafts!’

Cloud mobile in situ

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5 Comments

  1. November 7, 2015 / 8:28 am

    This is very clever and fun idea. Would be lovely in a corner of children’s room. #TheList

    • November 7, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thanks! I think it has a short shelf life on Thomas’ cot as he’ll be able to reach soon enough and it’s not that robust. Think it will have a place in one of the kid’s rooms for some years to come though.

  2. nikkifrankhamilton
    November 10, 2015 / 3:07 am

    Laura, you really jumped in and got extremely creative. I love it. It’s the perfect mobile. I know that it probably won’t last long, but let me tell you, not much will last very long with a toddler! So, enjoy it while you can and take pleasure in the fact that you created this with your own 2 hands for your delightful child! I for one love it!!!

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:11 am

      I have a three year old too who enjoys a good wave of destruction! We are well practised at putting things up high and if it does get trashed then it’s easy enough to make another! Think it would work for hot air balloons so might add a couple at some point.

      Thanks as always for commenting.

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