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Hot air balloon mobile: How to make a baby mobile – FREE pattern

check out this step by step tutorial and a free template to make a beautiful how air balloon mobile with 3 different designs of balloons. Today I want to share one of my favorite projects for the nursery we're putting together for baby Peanut =] A very colorful hot air balloon mobile made out of felt.

hot air balloon tutorial

The pattern is very simple and the best part is that you can make it in any color you want and you can add all kinds of different designs to the basic pattern to make it that much special!

Ps. Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom to download the pattern =]

mobile hot air balloon tutorial

I wanted to make the balloons as real as possible and researched for ideas that were not so complicated to sew because some designs are gorgeous but at a small scale can be a nightmare.

Ken (my husband) used to work with a hot air balloon company during his college years, so he had a big share of “the real deal” with me.

In my case, I've always admired the colors and designs but I've never been lucky enough to get on one.

I was lucky to see my first balloon festival last year, and that's where I got the inspiration from =]

baby mobile with hot air balloons

To me, hot air balloons are just gorgeous and a tad magical.

So hopefully baby Peanut will love them too, if not at least he/she will have a lot of time to stare at these guys:

hot air balloon Mobile
balloons with clouds
balloons with flags
looking at the balloon

And of course, I had to share a template and basic assembly directions so that everyone that loves hot air balloons can create their own designs =] So here the PDF file with the 3 different sizes I used to create mine and the instructions.

List of materials

 
  1. Multicolor Felt
  2. Embroidery needle
  3. Embroidery Floss
  4. Scissors
  5. Invisible Thread
  6. Embroidery hoop
  7. Polyester fiberfill, or any stuffing you'd like
  8. Cork pieces for the basket

⇊ Scroll all the way to the bottom to download the pattern ⇊

THE PROCESS

The template is very easy since it only has 2 pieces per balloon, so if you want a very simple balloon, like the multicolor one I did with the white bounty flags, you just need to cut different colors, sew them together and place the bottom piece to finish up.

Since I made a few different designs to have a good variety, I'll also share how I made the ones that seem a little more complicated, I basically experimented with the cuts and colors until I was happy, but here is my process below:

FIRST STYLE OF BALLON

First I used applique pieces and here is how I made it:

the pieces together

Cut 8 balloon body pieces in the same color, after that I free-cut arrow shapes and triangles directly on felt, but if you don't feel comfortable draw your design on the template and then cut.

I played with the positioning until I was happy, then turn the pieces with the right side facing up and pin carefully.

the inside of the balloon

I decided I wanted to make this balloon entirely by hand, so I started sewing each completed piece with a normal needle and treat in matching color.

I sewed everything on the wrong side so the sewing stitches will be hidden.

checking the hot air ballon tutorial

I left one of the sides half open so that turning inside out would be easier, then I finish sewing the side and stuff it with Polyester fiberfill.

bottom side of the hot air balloon

After that, I carefully sewed the bottom piece, if it's too hard for you to keep it in place pin it first.

SECOND STYLE OF BALLON

The second way was cutting 4 pieces of each color (red and white in my case) I decided to make the biggest one like this because in my head it was going be easier to sew, and I was right =] so here it is:

cutting the pieces

First I decided how I wanted to cut my pieces and draw on the template to the cut it, marked all of my pieces, but right before cutting I decided to only do 2 cuts per piece and eliminate the last mark you see in the picture.

all the pieces together

Once all my pieces were cut, I mixed and matches the colors, place a super small pieces of masking tape on the back so that they will stay together edge to edge and sew them with yellow floss.

(UPDATE: if you are wondering about stitches for your ballon, I recommend you to look at Sarah's hand embroidery tutorials, she has tons of different stitches)

opening the balloon

After I had my 8 pieces put together I sewed them in the machine wrong side facing up, so that the stitches would be in the inside.

filling the hot air

Again I left the last one-half open so that the turning inside out would be easier. Then I sewed it by hand and stuffed it.

steps for hot air

Lastly, I sewed the bottom piece, and my hot air balloon was done!!

LAST DETAILS

After they are done, I cut pieces of corks, I just cut the average wine cork in 3 for all of the balloons, except the big one, for that one I used a champagne cork that I cut in half.

After that, I sanded the outside to erase the letters that most of them had. I used a normal treat and needle to attach the cork to the balloons in 3 different points.

I used the invisible thread to attach the top of the balloons to my painted embroidery hoop, I randomly positioned the balloons and to finish them up I added two clouds that I free-cut and sewed with a light blue floss.

So there you go! now you can create your own hot air balloon mobile too =]

hot air ballon tutorial
hot air balloon mobile above crib
hot air ballon tutorial
 
  1. Multicolor Felt
  2. Embroidery needle
  3. Embroidery Floss
  4. Scissors
  5. Invisible Thread
  6. Embroidery hoop
  7. Polyester fiberfill, or any stuffing you'd like
  8. Cork pieces for the basket

 

⇒ PATTERN DOWNLOAD ⇐

 

The pattern is a PDF file, the link goes direclty to Dropbox, but you don't need an account to view it, you will need Abobe Reader or a similar program once the file is downloaded.

 

I hope you guys enjoy it and let me know if you make it, I'd love to see the designs you are going to come up with!
Have a lovely day!
XOXO

And, since we already shared the nursery we invite you to check all the project together here, or click the image below!

check out the nursery

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Anna Hersey

Sunday 15th of November 2015

These are adorable! Can you recommend a place to buy nice felt? What kind do you use? The kind I find at the local craft store is very flimsy and translucent. These look bold and sturdy.

Gigi

Friday 25th of September 2015

Have been looking for a colorful mobile idea that would not make my fingers ache and not require a load of cutting. I love the idea of the hot air balloons and it's a KISS project.Thank you for the templates and the temptation. I've made 6 of the balloons and will add a couple of clouds.

Ms. Rogers

Thursday 29th of January 2015

I love hot air balloon after spend two yrs in Nm, so I made my own using my girls old music Mobil for the new baby boy! I wish can post a picture of it!

Emily

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Finished my mobile! Ended up using burlap to make the baskets instead of wine corks. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/564709240749782685/

angie

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

This is such a great idea! Can you tell us the size of the embroidery hoop you used? The link to the amazon store does not provide the details except that the item is no longer available. Much appreciated!

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