A baby mobile is a perfect accent for any nursery. Keeping in mind a mobile is soothing entertainment for little ones, we’ve created this Kite and Cloud mobile: an array of colors and shapes to capture the attention of new eyes as they drift off to sleep.
Making one can seem daunting, but we’ve taken out the guesswork. This is a fun, easy project, sure to add to the excitement of Baby’s arrival.
1/2 yard each of assorted cotton fabrics . We used:
- Art Gallery Millie Fleur Line Drawings Yellowed
- Art Gallery Garden Dreamer Diamond Fragments Gold
- Art Gallery Garden Dreamer Twinklestar Berry
- Art Gallery Garden Dreamer Bumblebeez
- Art Gallery Garden Dreamer Climbing Posies Pale
- Riley Blake 1/8” Stripes Gray
- Plush Felt White
You'll also need:
- 14” Embroidery Hoop
- Pellon Perfect Loft Stuffing
- Wire Cording Black
- Twine 8 ply or Baker’s Twine
- 12” Bamboo Skewers
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters (for skewers)
- Embroidery Needles
We created free printable templates for each kite and cloud design for you! Click the links below to download each.
Make kites and clouds, using the above templates. Use ¼” seam allowance on the kites and an edged zig zag stitch on the clouds. Once the kites are flipped and pressed, no need to sew the opening closed. Once the clouds are flipped and stuffed, hand stitch closed the flip-openings on the clouds.
Join the box kite fabric piece using with French seams.
Use wire cutters to cut 4 skewers to equal 6 ½” and mark 1” inward on each end. Cut 4 skewers equaling 3 ¼”, mark the center (1 5/8”).
Hot glue the 3 ¼” skewers to the 6 ½” skewers as shown, using the 1” marks as joints. On one structure, glue the inner pieces just above the 1” mark, on the other, glue just below the 1” mark. Staggering the joints will allow the structure to be even height once completed. Continue as picture shows, generously hot gluing all joints, waiting at least 1-5 minutes per joint.
Leave the box kite skewer structure to set overnight. Then simply pull the box kite fabric pieces over each end. Tie wire cord to the inside of the skewer structure, and decorate with fabric strips.
For assembling the mobile, intersect two 6’ pieces of twine and knot at four evenly spaced points on the embroidery hoop.
Attaching the Mobile Center
Attach the big cloud to the box kite. Insert needle through the bottom of the cloud, secure and knot, leave 10 ½” of twine, then double knot around the inner structure of the box kite. Attach large cloud to small cloud till a 7 ½” length of twine is achieved.
Take 4’ of twine and insert it through the top of the cloud with an embroidery needle. Once poked through the bottom, loop in the twine intersection that’s attached to the hoop.
Insert the needle back up into the cloud, and knot to secure. Bury the thread to hide any loose ends. The mobile should now be adjustable from the cloud. Once hung, the weight of the mobile will secure the setting.
Kite and Cloud attachments: Follow this diagram for how long each kite or cloud should hang down. Attach twine at the skewer intersections. Bury the thread to hide the loose ends.