Felt Cloud Mobile
Scrolling through Pinterest I came across these adorable cloud mobiles from Restoration Hardware that I just fell in love with. I have really been on a neutral kick lately (especially before we found out we were going to have another boy), and the little white clouds were just so sweet. I love the texture that they add to the space without adding a lot of clutter. I've been trying to really learn more about keeping spaces simple and not over-decorating. It's tough!
These were made out of white felt, white cotton balls (or fiber fill), white sewing thread, white thin baker's twine, and kebob skewers :) You can find the kebob skewers at pretty much any grocery store and the other items are easily found at your local craft store. I printed a cloud template (here's mine) and traced them over the felt using a light pencil (six clouds = 12 individual cloud cut outs). I just stitched them together along their edge with tiny stitches, stuffed them full of a handful of cotton balls I had lying around and then stitched them closed.
After I had made my 6 little puffy felt clouds, I cut my kebob skewers to length (and cut off the pointy ends). The two lower hanging bars are a little less than half the size of the upper bar. I used scissors to score a 1/4" in on each side of the bars to make a grove for the bakers twine to sit in to insure they stayed balanced. I also measured to the center and made another grove there using the same method on each of the lower bars.
Using a wide needle I pulled the white bakers twine through the top of each cloud and made a small slip knot. I then eyeballed the lengths I wanted for each cloud and tied them into the groves of their respective bars. Once everything is all attached I did some small tweaking here and there to the mobile to make sure everything was balanced. It ended up being surprisingly simple and quick for the quality of product I felt like I ended up with. A project you can easily do in an afternoon :)