Hot Air Balloon Mobile

One of the best parts of designing a custom mobile is hearing the story behind the theme. Some people pick a nursery theme from a favorite story book or character. Some people just pick a color scheme and allow the decor to be colorful and mismatched (in that perfect designer way). And others pick a scene from their life and pull a special item out to highlight within a room.

This mobile stems from a romantic story. This daddy has plans to propose in a soaring hot air balloon and while the weather stopped the original plan, the concept still holds a special place in their hearts. When my mom to be came to me, she didn’t know the gender of the baby and wasn’t going to find out and she wasn’t fully committed to a nursery theme. She really liked the idea of the hot air balloon mobile and between her proposal story and my, extreme, want to make a hot air balloon mobile, she committed.

And boy am I glad she did……………

 

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I love how it turned out and I think their sweet baby will have some wonderful dreams sleeping under these balloons.

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Not All Felt Is Created Equal

I’m surrounded by fluffy, colorful felt in my daily life but despite my love for felt even I have to admit that not all felt is created equal. And in my line of work you need to understand your material in order to produce your best product.

I’ve had customers approach me letting me know they already bought materials just needed my expertise in the actual assembly of their mobile but when I start looking through their materials, there it sits the dreaded (at least for me) acrylic felt. Now don’t get me wrong acrylic felt, or craft felt, has it’s place but not on something you want to last and look beautiful. I thought I’d break down the types of felt available so you can decide which type of felt is best for your project.

First there is acrylic felt. While this isn’t my favorite material to work with for my mobile pieces it does have it’s place in crafting. The best part about acrylic felt is the price, it runs about $0.25-0.30 a sheet. Which makes it ideal for kid crafts or any projects where you need a lot of it. It also comes in a good assortment of colors and patterns. Acrylic felt is best used for cutting and gluing not sewing and it’s made with plastic material so any type of heat (iron, hot glue) will melt it. My favorite type of acrylic felt is Eco-fi because it’s made of recycled materials and it holds up the best when cut. Be mindful that this type of felt stretches and sheds easily and it can be thin depending on the batch. I use acrylic felt the most for decorations for kids birthday parties.

Where to buy Eco-fi felt.

Next there is the wool blend type of felt. This is a bend of wool and rayon, the mixture % changes based on where you purchase your felt from. This is my most used type of felt. I purchase my wool blend from Benzie Design which sells a 20-35% wool blend (the rest being rayon) and I can get a full yard for $10.00. This type of felt holds up well to cutting, sewing, gluing, and it doesn’t stretch when stuffed. Basically you get the benefits of wool felt for a much more reasonable price, ideal for producing merchandise.

Where to buy wool blend felt.

Then there is 100% wool felt, the Mercedes of felt. This felt is AMAZING, soft and fluffy. This is the absolute best felt to use if you are making a stuffed animal. It holds up to sewing and it lasts. My favorite place to buy wool felt is from The Felt Pod. When I call it the Mercedes of felt though, I mean it. This felt is priced at 8 inch X 12 inch = $2.75/sheet  18 inch X 18 inch = $8.40/sheet  36 inch X 36 inch = $30.00/sheet  36 inch X 72 inch = $55.95/sheet and to make a decent sized project you need at least an 18×18 sheet.

Where to buy wool felt.

*The best part about wool felt is that wool is a natural antimicrobial which makes it ideal for baby/kid toys or decorations for their rooms since it won’t hold germs.

Lastly there is wool felt roving, which is a type of felt used in needle felting. I dabble a little in needle felting but to see what it truly is look up Wildwhimsywoolies on Etsy. Basically needle felting is taking this very wispy, feather wool felt and binding it together by continuously stabbing it with a very sharp, barbed needle. It can be made into all kinds of shapes or it can be felted onto a flat surface and made to be a beautiful picture.

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Where to buy wool roving.

A great kit to get you started needle felting.

Whatever your project is there is a type of felt for you and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with felt just like I did. It’s a super easily material to work with and it allows you a lot of freedom in your projects. Happy Crafting!!

 

How Do I Start?

Ever feel like you have so many things to say, so much wisdom to hand out, but your words sound good at one moment and are forgotten the next. Happens to me all the time. I lie in bed at night and can come up with such beautiful, poetic ways to describe a situation, to explain myself so gracefully that I would leave a person in awe. Then when I wake up I can’t remember a single word, not one. So this is me attempting to get down my words. To share the knowledge I’ve gained in having 3 babies. To help others learn to craft and make beautiful things. And sometimes to hand out opinions (even though they’ll usually be unwanted).

This blog is me. A girl mom trying to raise indepedent, strong willed children who also respect and listen. A crafter at heart who started a felt business when I got too bored being a stay at mom. A wife to a wonderful man who takes her marriage VERY seriously. And a young woman trying to stay a float in a world where politics and society are exhausting.

I can’t promise I’ll behave but I’ll do my best.