FO: Boat Mobile

Written by Sarah on August 30th, 2013 Posted in baby, baby, gift, sewing

Did anybody guess that the mysterious WIP I posted hints to on Monday was a boat mobile? It was a pretty tough one. In fact, making this thing, I was a little stumped myself.


Jon’s brother just had another baby and I promised I wouldn’t make a big, time consuming gift. That lasted about five minutes.  I guess cruising Etsy got the idea of making a mobile stuck in my brain. Jon’s brother is obsessed with fishing so he loves nautical themes. (I’ll take a moment here to admit to the selfishness of giving a handmade gift. While putting lots of time and love into the things that I make for others is very very important to me, nothing beats that rush that you get when the giftee unwraps what you’ve made and likes it!)

I originally wanted the little fishes to be caught on the string by their mouths like some tiny people were fishing them out of their tiny boats but I think that’s a little morbid.


I picked up a pack of fat quarters in different blues at Purl Soho. I did a really rough template for the boats and just started cutting fabric and figuring things out. I ended up sewing all of the sails to the boats by hand. The more I worked on these boats (and by that I mean laying on the floor in front of my sewing machine wondering aloud, “How do I put these together!?”), the more I realized that I am nowhere near as good at sewing as I am at knitting. Sewing is terrifying and unwieldy and I am clumsy and backwards.

That being said, I think the whole thing turned out well and I’m especially pleased with the little anchor.

Putting this all together was a lot of fun. I like to think of myself as a crafty girl but I’m rarely gluing and repurposing things in the projects that I make on the regular. I hot glued cotton masonry twine to the inside of an old embroidery hoop. I like how the twine looks like mini ropes. I threw together some macrame to hang the hoop. I must admit that I never learned macrame when I was in camp. It’s so fun! I’ve been missing out. I decided to use figure 8 knots (and a dab of hot glue, naturally) to attach all of the pieces.

All in all, I’m happy with this guy. I definitely need more practice sewing.

Do you think garments are easier to sew than toys? What am I doing wrong?

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Comments (4)

  • August 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm |

    So cute! This is a great gift! I definitely didn’t guess that this was the mystery project…

  • August 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

    That’s adorable! I kind of want one for myself 🙂

  • August 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

    I have a cheap sewing machine myself, so I find it difficult to sew smaller curves.
    Because of that I think it is easier for me to sew clothes. I love the mobile though, great job!

  • Mom
    September 1, 2013 at 8:12 am |

    The mobile looks great! I think your idea of using twine (and gluing it to the embroidery hoop) was inspired! And I love that you just throw yourself into a project – need to do macrame? Just ‘Google it’ and go from there – brave girl! You know I will ALWAYS choose knitting over sewing, but I wish I could do both!

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