Step By Step Guide On How To Make Felt Ball Mobile

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Making a felt ball mobile or any kind of baby mobile as your diy project may sound like a daunting task and lot of us just give up the whole idea of even thinking about it. I used to think the same and never thought on learning on how to make a felt ball mobile.

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But I will tell you a secret. It’s not that hard at all. May be just a little bit if this is your first time.


In fact, if you follow the below steps, you will be surprised how easy it is to make a baby mobile as your diy baby mobile project.

What is needed to make felt ball mobile?

1. Pencil and paper - Before you do any design work, the best practice is to make a sketch and make sure you are happy with what you see in your drawing.


2. Felt balls and other beads - There are plenty of decor items you can use for your diy baby mobile. Most common item is felt balls, felt hearts, felt stars and felt glitter balls as they are light, firm and can be found in different colours and sizes.

Felt Stars

Felt Hearts

Felt Glitter Balls

how to make felt ball mobile

We recommend you to mix the felt balls from sizes 1cm to 2.5cm and if you do want to have some odd larger balls, then you can also go for 3 cm felt balls.

Similarly, you can add other types of beads with glitter, silver or gold attributes. It’s entirely up to you. Again, go back to your sketch on the paper and see which particular balls fit the best on your design plan.

 

3. Cord/Thread - You can use any kind of cord or thread as long as they are strong and not too thick.

The baby mobile frame that we use in our example has holes that are about 1mm thick. So any thread/cord that are less than 1mm thick should be fine to make felt ball mobile.

We use white nylon cord for our felt ball mobiles.

 

4. Baby mobile frame - This is probably one of the most critical items in your diy baby mobile project.

Again, you probably would have decided what kind of baby mobile frame you are going to use to make the mobile by now.

While you can find various designs, the arch shaped baby mobile frames are the most common ones, in our experience.

This is simply because it’s easy and most importantly, when you hang it, it will naturally balance due to it’s structure.

 

5. Yarn Needle - Any needle is fine as long as you can fit your cord through the needle head and also through the baby mobile frame holes.

 

6. A pair of scissors - Any kind of scissors is good. We need to use the scissors to cut the cords and also during the finishing stage of our felt balls mobile diy project.

 

7. Measuring tape - This is one of the most important tools that you need.

You’ve done all your sketch work and measurements on the drawing board and you need the measuring tape to bring that into real life.

 

8. Marker Pen - A marker pen, whether a permanent or temporary is just fine.

We will need this to put a mark on our cords to help us see where we are going to make the knots as we make our felt ball mobile.

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Step by step guide on how to make felt ball mobile for nursery room

1. Draw an arch on a paper - Like any diy project, learning, how to make felt ball mobile for your little one’s cot is no different. Drawing and planning ahead on a sketch board or any piece of paper is always going to give you the result you want. You may skip this step and go straight to step 6, if you feel comfortable, but we have referenced these steps in many of our steps from 6 onwards.
1.1. Fold the A4 paper horizontally, right in the middle and do the same, vertically.
1.2. Try to draw an arch on the top half of the paper (portrait). There is no hard and fast rule on how you do it as long as you get some kind of shape.
I used a bowl, which I placed right on the middle of the paper and just drew a line along the edge of the bowl.
how to make cot mobile diy
 
2. Make some lines by folding paper – This helps us plot the lines for the garlands on the felt ball mobile.
2.1. Fold the right hand side of the paper, so the edge of paper is aligned to fold 2. (see image). We will call the line it created, fold 3.
how to design felt ball mobile
2.2. Fold the left hand side of the paper, so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 2 (see image). We will name the line created by this fold, fold 4.
how to make cot mobile
2.3. Fold the right hand side of the paper; again, so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 3. We will name the line it created, fold 5.
how to make cot mobile
2.4. Fold the left hand side of the paper, again, so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 4. We will call it fold 6.
how to make cot mobile
2.5. Fold the bottom of the paper so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 1. We will call it fold 7.
how to make cot mobile
2.6. Fold the top end of paper, so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 1. We will call it fold 8.
how to make cot mobile
2.7. Fold the bottom of the paper again, so the edge of the paper is aligned with fold 8. We will call is fold 9.
how to make cot mobile
 
3. Mark the spots for garlands - Now that we have made all the imaginary lines, it’s time to mark the points.
3.1. Mark the spots on the frame, where all the vertical lines cross the frame.
3.2. Also mark the intersection of fold (6&7), (5&7), (4&9), (3&9), (1 & 2). 
how to make felt ball mobile
 
4. Draw the cord for the felt ball mobile .
4.1. Draw vertical lines from the places you marked ( 3.1) on the frame to the places you had marked at step (3.2). (see image).
how to make felt ball mobile
 
5. Design the garlands for felt ball mobile - In our example, we will be making Mint Magic felt ball mobile where we will be using 2 cm felt balls and four different colours, 35,40,41 and 50 from our felt ball colour chart.
5.1. Start drawing circles on top of the lines you’ve designed on step 4.
5.2. Make sure that the outer garland (A’s) are same and inner garland (B’s) are also the same.
5.3. The centre garland ( C) will be different ( in our example).
felt ball mobile

 
6. Prepare the string/cords to make cot mobile – If you go back to our design, we have shown you the length of the cord for each section of the felt ball mobile.

It is recommended that you add extra 30cm length on the length assigned for each section while preparing the cord.

Example - For section A, we have assigned length 30cm. So make sure when you cut the cord, the length is 30cm + 30cm = 60cm (I did 50cm so was little bit short of string for section C.).

To make a complete a felt ball mobile, you will need 4 x As, 4 x B’s and 1 x C cords. So all together, we will need 8 x 60cm cords and 1 x 55cm string/cord. For simplicity, we will just have 9 of 60cm cords. .

cord to make felt ball mobile
 
7. Make a knot at one end (bottom) of each cord – Make a double knot on one end of each of nine cords.

7.1 To make a knot, simply make a loop as close to the end of the string as shown on the photo.

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

7.2 Repeat one more time and make the second knot at the same spot where the first knot is. Repeat this process on all nine cords.

how to make cot mobile

 

8. Make Garland – For this example, we will work on four of outer most garland (A’s).

8.1. Select one of the nine cords that you had prepared earlier, on step 6.   

8.2. Select the felt balls with the right colours to make the first garland (section A).

8.3. Thread the cord, through the yarn needle head.

how to make cot mobile

8.4. Select the first felt ball and sew it right through the centre of the felt ball and bring it all the way to the starting point, where the knot is.

8.5. Thread the needle right underneath where the cord has come out, make a tiny loop, taking the cord just underneath the needlepoint and tighten the loop by moving the needle away from the knot.

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

how to make cot mobile

(See images below for details). You have just sewn your first felt ball in your felt ball mobile.
8.6. Select another felt ball, and follow step 8.4 and bring the felt ball about 4-5cm away from the first felt ball. Repeat step 8.5 to place the felt ball in that position.
how to make cot mobile
This way, the felt ball won’t move around on the cord keeping it nice and tidy. If you are sewing more than two felt balls in a row without a gap, to make the garland, you don’t need to do the loop on each individual ball.
Just do for the bottom and the top one.
8.7. Make the remaining 8 garlands.
how to make cot mobile
 
9. Hang the felt ball garland on the baby mobile frame:
9.1. Before you thread the cord through the frame hole, make a tiny knot about 3-4 cm away from the top most felt ball on the garland. The original mark we had placed on the cord may be bit out of place so this is a revised mark where you want to hang the garland.
how to make a felt ball mobile
9.2. Select the four garlands that you are going to hang them on the outermost (A section) section of the baby mobile frame.
9.3. Whether you want to use a needle or just thread the cord through the hole, place the cord through the frame hole until you see the knot that you had made on the top part of the baby mobile frame.
how to make cot mobile
how to make cot mobile
9.4. Make more knots at the same place, until it’s big enough, not to get through the hole.
how to make cot mobile
how to make cot mobile
how to make cot mobile
9.5. Repeat this process for all the other garlands in section A and also section B.
how to make cot mobile
9.6. Now, the last garland you need to work on is the centre one (section C). Make few knots on top of the original knot that you had made in step 9.1, big enough that the knot won’t slip through the baby mobile frame.
how to make nursery baby mobile
9.7. Thread the cord through section C of the first frame (without the tiny slot), followed by the other frame with the slot. The frame with the slot is meant to sit on top of the first frame for stability.
how to make nursery baby mobile
9.8. Now, you should be able to hold the cord on section C and the whole mobile should come to place.
how to make nursery baby mobile
9.9. Thread the needle to sew one last felt ball on top of the second frame, just like you’ve sewn the felt balls before. Make sure the felt ball is as close to the frame as possible.
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
 
10. Make a loop to hang the felt ball mobile.
10.1. After you’ve sewn the felt ball on top of the baby mobile frame, remove the needle from the cord.
10.2. Fold the remaining cord in half so the end of the cord touches the felt ball.
how to make nursery baby mobile
10.3. Make a loop as shown in the image below.
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
 
11. Finishing on how to make felt ball mobile.
11.1. Once you’ve completed the above steps, use a pair of scissors to cut all the excess cords.
how to make nursery baby mobile
They will be on top of the frames and also at the bottom of each felt ball garland.
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile
how to make nursery baby mobile

 

This is it. It’s little bit long, but hopefully, you’ve learnt on how to make a felt ball mobile. You may find some of the steps unnecessary or have better ideas on how to make these cot mobiles.

We would love to hear from you on some of the other ways to make the felt ball mobile.

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You can also see our felt ball mobile collections to get some design inspirations. Thank you for reading and hope this will help you in your next felt ball mobile diy project
 


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