Vintage. Eclectic. Repurposed.

Hanging mobile for babies or adults

Hi everyone! I haven't posted in awhile because I caught that nasty flu that was hitting everyone and then Bronchitis. I still feel unwell but I'm getting there. I'm going to do something a bit different today, something I've been thinking about for awhile. I have had an old lampshade frame kicking around and decided it was time I did something about it. 

I'm going to show you how I made this mobile from bits and pieces I had in my fabric stash. It's a hanging mobile and it can be made for babies and adults too. It has a sort of boho shabby style to it! It's not hard, I'm sure anyone could do it. If I can, you can, believe me! 

. Lampshade frame
. Strips of fabric
. Ribbons
. Strips of lace
. Glue
. Faux flowers
. Pearls
. Raffia or similar to hang chandelier

1. Firstly I cut the strips of fabric 2" in width. I started tying the strips of lace, fabric etc around the base of the frame. I tied them the same way as you tie a tie! I did mine in staggered lengths but you can have them all the same length if you desire.
As you can see in this following picture I took some of the strips of calico and folded them over the top. I pinned them first to keep them in place and then I glued them around the top of the frame

Lampshade frame

Frame with strips of fabric, ribbon and lace

As you can see I've used strips of calico, strips of an old sheer curtain that I had and a couple of different ribbons for variety. I took pieces of the calico and pinned them to the top of the frame

I was designing this as I went because I hadn't made a mobile before and had so many ideas running around in my head. 
I was trying to decide what I could use to put around the base and the top of the frame. Finally I found this burlap type ribbon in my stash and glued it around the bottom of the frame. I was thinking of stitching it on but I glued it first with fabric glue and thought I would see how well it held. Being a mobile for my grandaughter it wouldn't be played with so I think it will be ok.

Here it is with the ribbon and flowers added but I wanted to add a bit of something to the top of the frame as well. I love pearls with burlap and calico and I happened to have a half inch wide pearls on a band which was perfect

Well, here is the finished product. What do you think of my hanging mobile? Would you make it for a baby or adult? Thankfully my grandaughter loved it and so did Mum! I've had a request from another daughter for a boys mobile for my youngest grandchild. She wants the colours electric? blue, teal and mint green. I think she means a cobalt blue which is one of my favourite blues. I've seen it called a few different names but to me it's cobalt blue!

I hope this has inspired you to create your own hanging mobile for your own grandchildren or even as a gift to an adult, someone special. I think many people appreciate something that is hand made where a lot of heart and soul has been put into it. It has more meaning.

Enjoy your week everyone and keep safe.

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