We made a simple hanging mobile for our stall at Public Garden last month. A few visitors liked them quite a bit and we thought we would write a little tutorial for making your own. They are easy to make, and you can easily customise your own.
– Paper or card. If using paper, do use heavier paper around 200-260gsm so that the mobile is weighed down sufficiently and doesn’t flail around too much. You can also choose to recycle old magazine covers, cereal boxes etc.
– Decorating supplies such as washi tape, colour pencils, paints…
– Sewing machine. If you don’t have access to a machine, you can do a simple hand-stitch. Also, you can poke holes in the top and bottom of each part and thread the pieces together (see below).
1. Draw shapes! Decide what kind of mobile you want – you can have a nautical theme, a food theme, an alphabet one etc. I also did a template here which you can download and print.
2. Cut the shapes out. I am a terrible cutter and got lazy, so I used the Silhouette Cameo.
3. Decorate! This is entirely optional, but you can colour the shapes, decorate them with washi tape, draw faces, or even embroider on them.
4. If you are doing this by hand, punch a hole each at the top and bottom of each piece. I used a hole punch, but you can easily make a hole just using a needle. Then, thread through the bottom hole of the first piece and the top hole of the second piece to make a loop. Tie the ends of the thread together and snip off the excess thread. Repeat till you’ve completed the mobile.
If you’re using a machine, simply sew through the cut shapes one after another. Once you’re done with sewing through one piece, just place the next one on the throat plate of the machine and it should automatically be guided along. Take care to make sure that there is adequate spacing between the pieces.
For bigger pieces, please note: if your shape is asymmetrical, sew through the center of the piece; if your shape is not asymmetrical, you should make sure that your stitches run through the heavier part of the shape so that it will stay balanced and not tilt downwards when the mobile is held up.
And tada! You’re done.