DIY Black and White Baby Mobile

Being pregnant during the year of Coronavirus is a strange time and I suddenly found myself with so much time on my hands as work – let’s be honest, it’s lean times for a freelancer when the hardest-hit industry is hospitality and tourism.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have trickles of projects but the volume of work has dropped so much it hasn’t been sustainable and like most freelancers, I am living on my savings and the generosity of my supportive husband.

In order to deal with ennui, anxiety and to continue to feel productive, I’ve been sewing and crafting, using the gift of time to make things for the Baby G – upcycling is economical and fun.

Time is invaluable and I sought out to make the best of having this luxury of time to create, pouring myself into creating a little welcome gift for my future offspring and also winning with savings.

I largely followed these instructions on Peekaboo Patterns to make these high contrast black and white felt mobiles, but couldn’t find an embroidery hoop to make the mobile from scratch so I upcycled an old one I bought on Carousell from 5€ and made the rest. Cut off the pompoms and customised it.

I wasn’t sure how to attach them in a balanced manner that the weight distribution would hold, so I sewed the little cushions with snap buttons, which makes them transferable to a play gym if I wanted to change things around a bit.

Something interesting I read was that not all mobiles are designed from the perspective of the baby. While it looks all cute and fancy with animals and whatnot, oftentimes from the baby’s perspective it just looks like a spec of colour.

A glue gun is considered safe, so instead of sewing the shapes together which requires meticulous and probably intermediate sewing machine skills (I’m just a novice), I glued the shapes and finished up the cushion with a simple stitch on the sewing machine after stuffing it.

The project took me about two hours from cutting the fabric and putting everything together.

I hope Baby G likes what I’ve put together and will have fun with them.

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