Transform your kids’ room and nursery into a magical wonderland with a cute owl theme DIY baby mobile! I’ve made an easy-to-follow free sewing pattern to share with you all.
With the step-by-step instructions, you can create a baby mobile featuring adorable owl characters and a lovely tree design. Not only will your kids enjoy the enchanting mobile, but they’ll also cherish the love and effort you’ve put into making it. Let your creativity soar and watch your kids’ faces light up with joy as they gaze at their handcrafted owl-themed baby mobile!
I am honored to have been interviewed and featured in one of Malaysia’s leading English newspapers, The Star, for the Craftypedia column. We had a lengthy interview; click the link to read the title “Living and sharing her passion through crafting” or pick up today’s copy from the newsstand. I’m the cover story of The Star2 with a two-page full-page story and two-page half-page tutorial on this owl baby mobile!!!
I designed this “Forest of Owls” woodland theme mobile to share with the readers. I am so grateful that the columnist, Lee Mei Li, allowed me to share it here. As many of you are aware, I recently moved into a new home and still have a lot of work to do on the interior design. These two sets of owl mobiles (pink and blue) arrived just in time for my daughter’s and son’s rooms. I’m glad they like it dangling from their ceiling, watching them swing and fall asleep under a dim nightlight.
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Owl Baby Mobile Sewing Pattern
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Besides using different colors on the owl to differentiate the gender, you can arrange the mobile into 2 designs, too. For the pink owl, I tied them on a twig with side by side arrangement. For the blue owl, I tied the owls along the embroidery hoop with the tree at the center.
The owl is about 3.5″ tall, and the tree is 5″. They are all hand-sewn from felt; however, sewing with a sewing machine is achievable, too. The bodies of the owls are embellished with simple embroidery or sewing with ric-rac and lace trim.
Download the printable sewing template from the tutorial section below to begin the sewing. Sew four owls (or more if you wish) with different facial expressions, and have them dangle from a stick or an embroidery hoop. Then add a few hearts and a tree to complete the “Forest of Owl” nursery mobile.
The original plan was to design a similar owl from the owl key pouch/holder that my sister and I did a few years ago. My friend told me, why not split the head and body and make them swing freely when the mobile moves. Good idea! So, I picked up my paper and pencil, sketched out a new owl, and started working on it… Later, I added more owls, a tree, and some hearts to complete the whole nursery owl mobile.
Hope you love it and wish to see you start sewing it too, be it for your kids or as gifts for a friend’s baby.
If you need more free patterns on owl-themed to DIY, here is the list:
1. Stuffed Owl sewed from Socks sewing pattern
2. Amigurumi Owl Mr. Murasaki crochet pattern
3. Amigurumi Owl Charm crochet pattern
4. Mini Owl Charm Crochet Pattern
5. Olivia Owl Card Pattern
6. Owl Coin Purse Sewing Pattern
7. Owl Key Pouch Sewing Pattern
8. Needle Felted Owl Tutorial
9. How To Draw With 3D Pen
- Felt – pink, grey, white, red, green, brown
- Embroidery floss – pink, grey, white, red and black
- Fancy Button – 2
- Cord / cotton twin
- Ric Rac (mini) ribbon trim
- Doll poly-stuffing
- Owl, tree and heart templates
- Embroidery needle or tapestry needle #24
- Paper or cardstock
- Ball pen
- Toiler’s pins
HOW TO SEW OWL NURSERY MOBILE
Download and print the pattern template on paper or on cardstock, cut the templates out, and trace them on the felt with a ball pen according to the color shown in the picture.
- Cut felt by following the inside of the traced lines so that no ugly ink is shown on the cut-out felt.
- Layer the white felt eye above one of the pink face pieces, blanket stitch to secure in place.
Position three strips of ricrac ribbon trim onto a grey body piece and sew with a backstitch.
- Center the nose between the eyes and backstitch it in place.
Sew on the fancy buttons for eyes.
- Experiment with different expressions. Here are the 4 different faces/expressions that you can give to the owl.
- Align the front and back felt pieces of the head and body. Position the pink wings on top of the front body piece. Pin in place.
- Sew the front and back body pieces together with a blanket stitch, starting from the bottom of the left-wing. Stop right before the top-center of the body. Sandwich a long length of cotton twine (with a knotted end) between the felt pieces. Continue blanket stitching across the edges of the body until you reach the bottom of the right-wing.
- Fill up the body with poly-stuffing and finish stitching up the piece.
- You can also try a different design for the body – here are three, for starters.
- Hold the head felt piece to the body and sandwich the cord in between, letting it run out at the top-center of the head. Start blanket stitching from the bottom of the head and continue on until you reach the left ear.
- Stuff the head and finish stitching up the piece. If needed, use a ball pen to push the poly-stuffing into the head.
- The completed owl mobile. Sew another few of them with different expressions and body as shown above.
- Cut felt on the tree template, tree/crown, trunk, and small hearts.
- Arrange the hearts on the crown, blanket stitches them in place.
- Layer half of the trunk on the crown, blanket stitch the top portion of the trunk to the crown.
Remark: this is an accurate method of attaching the trunk to the crown, though a little troublesome. You can always stitch both trunks to the crowns respectively and sew both pieces together.
- Place another piece of trunk underneath, blanket stitch both trunks together on the bottom half.
- Turn over, place the second piece of the crown and sew the trunk to it.
- Stuff the trunk with poly-stuffing. You have to do it now and not after you have sewn up the tree. Use a pen to push the poly-stuffing in. Massage the trunk to even out the poly-stuffing if necessary.
- Blanket stitch the crown, insert a knotted cord at the center of the tree. Stop when you are about 1 1/2″, stuff poly-stuffing into the crown, add a little to the trunk that you stuffed just now so that the stuffing is even.
- Finish stitching up the piece.
Make more owls, top off with some hearts and the tree, and have them dangle from a stick or an embroidery hoop.
The embroidery hoop version with blue owls is for my 5-year-old son.
Tip: In order for the cord to stay securely, make a knot and insert it into the owl, stitch on it while you do the blanket stitch.
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