As you might have guessed, I write these posts the day before you’re actually reading them. As I was writing this one last week, I got a text from my daughter (who was in labor) asking if I would bring her husband some lunch. Of course, I dropped everything to go grab something for him and take the opportunity to cheer my daughter on for a few minutes.
As luck would have it, when I got there it was time for her to push. Their original plan was not to have anyone else in the delivery room, but they decided I should stay. I was NOT going to say no to that!
My sweet baby granddaughter came into the world late that afternoon, and it was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever witnessed. After a brief stay in the NICU for some breathing issues, she’s healthy and she’s home. So, now I can tell you about the cute thing I made for her!
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I don’t remember why I thought I needed to make her a crib mobile, but once that horse was out of the barn there was no stopping it. Her nursery has a forest theme, which left a lot of options.
I considered designing some felt forest animals myself, but once I found these from Little Dear I realized I would never love mine as much as hers. I bought the entire Woodland Creatures set, the Spirit Creatures, and the Yeti and Sasquatch. There’s not a single pattern in her shop that I don’t adore, and I think some Christmas ornaments will come out of this later.
I also had a great shopping experience buying the wool felt from Sweet Emma Jean. It’s so hard to match colors online, so I explained on my order what I was trying to do. She changed a couple of my colors accordingly, and they were perfect!
I let the little mama choose which animals I’d make. She went with the Sasquatch to represent her brother. The guy has some big feet, so it’s been a lifelong nickname.
She went with the owl, in white, and named it Hedwig. I read all of the Harry Potter books aloud to my kids, finishing up when they were in high school no less, so it’s kind of our thing.
The buffalo reminds her of Montana, where we will probably all move to in the coming years.
We have coyote where we live now, and we hear them howling at night once in a while, so this guy made the cut.
Last, but not least, the cute deer. They are constant visitors to our fruit trees.
After we selected animals, I realized the baby would not be able to see them from her vantage point. She’d be stuck looking at the bottom edge of the felt. Boring. That’s where the sunflowers came in. Because of the season she’ll be born into and her mother’s love for the color yellow, they seemed like an obvious choice. I thought those could point down toward her, just underneath the animals. Here’s what she’ll see.
So much better! I looked around for a tutorial on making the flowers, and found a couple on YouTube, but no where did they tell you what size to cut anything, so I’m going to tell you how I made mine.
To make one of these sunflowers you’ll need:
7 small petals (1 1/4 x 1”) from yellow felt - cut a piece of cardboard this size, then trim to a petal shape as seen in the photos below
7 large petals (1 1/2 x 1 1/4”) from yellow felt - cut a piece of cardboard this size, then trim to a petal shape as seen in the photos below
5 large leaves (1 1/2 x 1 1/4” - same as large petals) from green felt
1 circle ( 1 1/4”) from green felt
1 strip (1 x 14”) from medium brown felt
1 strip (1 x 6”) from dark brown felt
I also cut 10 small leaves (same as small petals) from the green that I used above the animals, but they aren’t need specifically for the flower.
Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut fringe a little over 1/3 of the way down on one long edge of the medium brown strip.
Dab a little hot glue near one end and start rolling it up from one short end. Add a little more glue every inch or two. Continue rolling to the other end.
Cut fringe into the dark brown strip in the same manner. Bump the short end up next to the end of the medium brown strip and start gluing. Keep going until the entire dark brown strip is attached.
I just gotta ask, don’t these upside-down sunflower centers look like little tree trunks?
Grab all of your yellow petals, in both sizes. One at a time, dab a tiny bit of glue in the center of the bottom edge. Pinch the middle together and hold for a second to let the glue cool.
Glue one of the small petals to the flower center, about halfway down the side.
Glue on the next small petal, slightly overlapping the first.
Continue gluing petals until you’ve used all seven.
Glue the large petals with the bottom edge even with the bottom edge of the flower center.
Again, overlap and glue until you’ve used all the petals.
Glue one leaf so it overlaps the point where the petal and center meet. You didn’t pinch the leaves, so it should lay flat. You can also glue it to the bottom of the petal to make it follow the flower shape a little better.
Overlap and glue all five leaves.
Glue the green circle in the center, over the bottoms of the leaves.
Fluff the center, and you have a sunflower!
To hang the flowers, I tied a knot in some cord, dabbed on some glue, and pulled it up inside the center of the sunflower. I fed the same cord, with glue, up through the animal and tied it to the mobile arm.
You might be wondering how I got all this to come together as a crib mobile. You can buy hardware to make these, but I got a little…creative.
I found a mobile on sale on Amazon for about $7. The fabric portions were, let’s just say not usable, but the hardware was exactly what I needed. It also had a terrible music box, but I was able to buy one of those on it’s own that I loved. And with that I was still under the cost of just buying the hardware.
You could also repurpose a used mobile for something like this!
I couldn’t be happier with the way this whole thing turned out. I hope Charli will love it too. Come back next week and I’ll show you her quilt, and how I made the crib rail guards you can see in these pics!