December 7, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Since my husband and I found out that we are expecting, my mind has been on all things baby. With the holiday season in full swing, I love seeing rustic woodland decorations adorning stores, homes, and on my Pinterest board! With wintery things in mind, I had the idea to make a Christmas mobile for our nursery. Craft these little guys for yourself, and you can use them as a baby mobile, tree ornaments, or even string them up and use them as a garland. Merry Christmas and happy crafting!

What You’ll Need:

  • Felt in various colors
  • Medium and small needles
  • Black thread and embroidery string in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Printer paper
  • Black, round beads
  • X-Acto blade
  • Hot glue gun
  • Polyester filler
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Fishing line

Directions

  • Find a pattern that you would like to follow for your forest friends. I found mine at liagriffith.com.
  • Print out pattern.
  • Cut out each piece with an X-Acto blade.
  • Trace each piece onto the felt of the same color. If you are creating two of the same shape it may be best to turn the paper over and trace from the back side for the second piece. This way you can avoid having pen lines show after you cut them out.
  • Hot glue any smaller pieces onto the main body of each animal.
  • With the small needle and thread, sew black bead eyes onto the body.
  • With medium needle and embroidery string, blanket stitch around the edges of the two body pieces to create a pocket for stuffing.
  • Stuff the pocket with filler to give your critter some shape. Be sure to start doing this before you sew up many of the edges!
  • String fishing line through the top of the animal and hang it from the embroidery hoop.
  • Hang each forest friend at a different length to add dimension to your mobile, and attach hoop to the ceiling.

Forest-Friends-1

Forest Friends 2

 

 

 

 

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