The Bunnymobile

November 23, 2016

This mobile marks the day I officially turned into a grandma.

annika_film_001Okay, not really (obviously) — but many jokes about “little old ladies” were made as Mike’s cousin, Gracie, and I sat at the kitchen table sewing tiny felt bunnies for pretty much the entire Fourth of July weekend this past summer. {Disclaimer: the weather was terrible. An indoor project was necessary!}

When I first started looking for a mobile for Annie’s nursery, I quickly ruled out the ones at the stores where we registered. They just didn’t have anything I loved, and I am firmly against purchasing *stuff* just because it’s the best thing I can find at the moment; I want to love it! This makes shopping with me difficult (just ask Mike!) because I get super picky and overthink every decision…but I rarely have buyer’s remorse.

This led me to Etsy, where I immediately realized the only mobiles I loved were not available at very lovable prices. $150+ for a mobile?! No, no, no. “I can make that myself! For cheap!!!” I exclaimed to Mike as he hovered his mouse over the Buy it Now button, mentally contemplating whether forking over the cash was worth it to keep his wife from obsessing over a craft project for many…many, many, many precious summer hours. 

I’m not sure if he would agree, but in the end, I think having a project to distract me from my physical misery (which arrived in the form of my feet looking like they belonged to a claymation character and feeling like they belonged to a Tempur-Pedic mattress) in my last month of pregnancy was probably not such a bad thing. Moreover, I really do absolutely love how it turned out. It’s easily my favorite part of the nursery, and thinking back on that weekend sewing tiny bunnies at the lake with Gracie and getting excited about meeting my sweet baby makes me smile whenever I see it. 

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I started out with a large wood embroidery hoop (just a few bucks at Jo-Ann). I wrapped the outside hoop in peachy-pink embroidery floss. This part was the easiest step, and I love how it looks, but it was reeeeeally tedious and ridiculously time-consuming. I would definitely consider just painting the embroidery hoop if I do this project again! When I was done with this step, I tied two long pieces of twine, which I already had on hand, to the inside hoop to hang the mobile from the hook on the nursery ceiling.

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I used the Waldorf Inspired Felt Bunny Pattern from Delilah Iris on Etsy to make the bunnies. For the bunny material, I bought felt squares in white, ivory, grey, oatmeal, and blush from Jo-Ann (one sheet of each color was plenty to sew 10 little bunnies — two of each color), and I substituted the felt belly with a pretty blush and ivory floral print fabric that matched the nursery. 

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I was also inspired by this DIY Triangle Mobile from Dwell Beautiful…but I subbed out their paper with Jardin De Paris Floral Wrapping Paper from Paper Source, which my friend Micaline used to wrap the baby shower gift she sent to me. The paper was just way too beautiful to throw away — this was a great way to repurpose it!

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These days, Annie is much more aware of those floating bunnies when she lays in her crib than she is in this picture; whenever she looks at them, I tell her all about our rainy summer days at the lake making her mobile. Maybe someday she can help me make another one to make a little sibling or cousin’s nursery extra-special!

All photos by Amber Glanville Photography. Thank you, Amber!

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3 Comments

  • Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    Aww, this is so adorable!! I’m so glad my triangle mobile helped inspire you. Yours turned out so amazing and I love the little bunnies on the end! Congrats on becoming a grandmother! 🙂

    November 28, 2016 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Carolyn

      Thank you for the sweet compliment, Erica — and thanks for stopping by! I absolutely love your blog!

      April 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Jeannie Saccomanno

    That was a fun weekend watching the two little old ladies get their craft on. I know Gracie loved every minute of it. It was fun to listen to you two chat. For those who don’t know, Gracie is 12 and she and Carolyn seemed to be kindred spirits that weekend. And the finished product is indeed precious.

    November 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply
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