Here is yet another example of a project that came to life because of a reader’s suggestion. Thank you for writing in with all of your wonderful craft ideas! When the idea was first proposed, there was no question that we loved it. This felt flower mobile would be a gorgeous addition to any nursery! And of course it is a great opportunity to make something handmade for your little bundle of joy.
We Felt the Love!
Start this project by gathering your materials. You will need the inner circle of an embroidery hoop (the outer circle has a clamp, so do not use that one!), felt, embroidery floss, and ribbon. We chose a very springy color scheme for our flower mobile with light greens, yellows, blush pinks, and white, but feel free to choose any color scheme that you fancy. Next, choose a complementary color of embroidery floss and a pretty ribbon to hang your mobile once it is finished. Once you have your materials, begin by crafting your flowers. Find the template for our anemones and leaves below and use it as a guide for cutting your felt pieces. When your felt pieces are ready, follow the tutorial included (originally from this project) for crafting your flowers.
- Craft Scissors
- Cricut Maker 3 or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Embroidery Needle
- 10″ Embroidery Hoop (inner hoop without clamp only) or Lia Griffith Natural Wood Arch Mobile Frame
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt – Rose Quartz, White, Lemon, Lime, Fern, Juniper, Charcoal, Black
- Embroidery Floss – DMC Very Light Avocado Green (471), Avocado Green (469)
- Organza Ribbon – 5/8″ White
- Options for Anemone centers:
- Cotton Spun Balls – 15mm (use a black marker to color)
- or Black Pom Poms – 1 cm
- or Needle Felting Roving Wool – Licorice
- Gather your tools and materials.
- Assemble your felt flowers using the pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial below. When we first created these flowers, we used black roving wool for the anemone centers but we have listed two alternatives for centers. You can use a cotton spun ball (color with a black marker or use black paint), or a black wool pom pom.
- Cut your leaves from green felt in sizes and variation of your choice. We cut 18 of the larger leaves, and 26 of the smaller.
- Use an embroidery needle to string your flowers and leaves with embroidery floss. Assort your blooms and leaves randomly; we included some strands with only leaves, and some strands with both leaves and blooms.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
This flower mobile would be a great project to do as you prepare for your newborn, or it would make for a wonderful baby shower gift to a daughter or friend who is expecting. You can also get creative with this project! Make a flower mobile using the same technique with any felt bloom, like these cute tropical flowers, rose buds, or even some pretty succulents for fall. If you are interested in our other baby mobile projects, take a look at our hot air balloon mobile or our adorable paper raincloud mobile. Browse all of our baby projects and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for a daily dose of cute! Enjoy ~ Lia & team
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Are there step by step directions for this? I can’t tell how many of each item to cut. I think there are 3 of each color flower based off the picture above but I can’t tell how many leaves. I saw a previous comment however it looks like there are far more leaves.
Also when I upload it to Design Space the cut lines for the black center part and not attached to the black rectangle. Im not sure where to place them.
Hi Katie! I updated the post with some more details, added a PDF download with instructions, and fixed the SVG! We created this project several years ago and did not photograph as many step-by-step tutorials then (our team was much smaller 😉 ) Hopefully the added details will help!
Do you happen to have .svg files?
The SVG files for this one are already available 🙂
What an adorable craft! I love it. My kiddos have been asking to learn about the moon, stars, and clouds again. Perhaps sometime soon. I’m definitely pinning this activity. Thank you so much for sharing!
Attempting to make this mobile. How long of embroidery floss did you use for each strand of leaves & flowers?
Sorry, but we do not have the measurements for the embroidery floss. You will one skeins of floss for this project and we would suggest your lowest hanging piece be no more than 12 inches below the hoop. You can vary the length of your floss between 7 inches and 15 inches.
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I am buying the materials for this from Benzie Design right now, including the felt balls for the center. How big are the felt balls in your design?
We made them with roving wool but they’re about .5″
I was wondering if you have a recommendation on what needle I should use?
A size 2 embroidery needle will work great!
Wondering if this could be made on the cricut?
Yes! If you’re using the Cricut Explore, you will need to stabilize the felt first before you can cut it.
How do you hang the mobile? Hooks from the ceiling?
Yes, that’s what I would do 🙂
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Just wondering what size embroidery hoop you used?
We used an 8″ wooden embroidery hoop.
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I’ve got all my flowers assembled, but I’m having a heck of a time poking a needle through that conglomeration of hot glue to string them up. Is there some secret? I only retrieved my thimble AFTER I managed to stab the head of the needle through my thumb…
Ouch! 🙁 I use just enough glue to keep the petals closed, but not so much that it creates a problem to sew them together. I’m sorry for the trouble!
I feel that some of your templates are much smaller than the pictured example. Is this so?
No, they shouldn’t be different. We rarely change the template after photographing it.
how much embroidery floss would you buy? i was thinking two skeins to be safe?
Two should be plenty 🙂
How many of each size leaves am I supposed to cut out? Instructions don’t specify.
Also, there are no detailed instructions on how to cover the hoop. I’ve never done this before. I find it confusing. Can you please explain?
We cut 18 of the larger leaves, and 26 of the smaller– but you can certainly use more or less than that if you want. We didn’t catch photos covering the hoop (we didn’t intend that to be part of the original project), but cut two long strips of white felt, wrapped it around the hoop and glued it closed on the inside of the ring. You can see in the second picture how the seam runs along the inside of the hoop horizontally. The hoop could be painted white, or left its natural color as well!
How many of the medium-sized leaves from the template did you use?
We used about 10, though it is really dependent on how long the strings on the mobile are, as well as how full you want it to look!
Hey! I am currently working in this for my baby girl 🙂
I am wondering what can I used instead of felt balls? I haven’t been able to find the right size ones. Any suggestions?
You could use our small cotton spun balls or wooden beads, cover either with a piece of black felt or paint black. 🙂 https://shopliagriffith.com/product/small-cotton-spun-balls-pack-of-24/
I am in love with this! I can’t wait to make it for my baby girl due the first of March! I was wondering how many sheets of felt you used or would recommend for each color? Thanks!
Congrats, Heather! We love to order from Benzie Design and usually pick up 2 sheets os 9×12 (prefer to have extras on hand!) We used Chartreuse, Moss and Meadow for the leaves, Butter, Blush and White for the flowers (and Black and Graphite for the centers).
two sheets of each of those colors? as in 6 sheets of green and 6 sheets of flower colors? Does that include 2 black and 2 graphite??
Sorry for your confusion, to make this mobile you will only need one sheet of 12″x18″ felt in each color.
I mean that is the same area as 2x12x9, so same question: For 12×18″ sheets, 3 sheets of flower colors and 6 sheets of leaf colors? plus one black and one graphite…
If you are purchasing the 9×12 sheets of felt I would suggest purchasing 2 sheets of each color you would like to use for the flowers and leaves. You will only need one sheet each of the black and grey.
Thanks for the tutorial, can’t wait to make it! Just wondering what size embroidery hoop you used? Thanks.
The hoop was 8 inches!
Lia, I absolutely love this mobile! I am having a hard time finding the felt I need. I’ve tried local craft stores but they only offer primary colors and a few other bright bold hues. Do you have any recommendations for retailers that offer a wide variety of colors? Or better yet, where you purchased the colors you used since I will be trying to recreate exactly what you’ve done!
We often order from Benzie Design which has a great selection of felt colors. For this project we used: blush, white, smoke, butter, fern, and 1.5cm black felt balls. The bright yellow-green was from a local fabric store, but Benzie’s pistachio color would look nice as a replacement option!
Love this! How did you get the little pinch in the top of the leaves? Hot glue?
Yes! A dab of hot glue, then pinch 🙂
Thank you, I am so glad to hear you like it!
How precious are those flowers; the colors sing to me. Thanks for sharing the tute.
I am so glad you like them!! Thank you 🙂
So perfect!!! Thanks for this tutorial!!!!
You’re so welcome! 🙂
And its done and ready to hang…what a fun and cute project!! Thanks again!
Yay!! I am so glad that it all worked out! Your baby must be due any day now 🙂 Congratulations!! Feel free to send in some photos to us so we can share your work!
Oh wait….I just saw the picture! So cute!!