It was the first time in two and a half years that we saw the family, so planning gifts was a big deal. Not only was everybody 2 years older than the last time we saw them, we also didn't know how their taste and style had changed in the mean time. And to top it all, everything had to go on the plane.
In the end I decided to make gifts for as many of the family as possible. My mother, mother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law each received a handmade mobile. I have seen these free downloads on Futuregirl's blog last year and I knew I had to make it, so this was the ideal project for them.
Alice from Futuregirl made her sea creatures from felt which makes it very easy (and neat, I might add) to edge them. I decided to use polycottons from my stash, which meant I had to put interfacing on to keep them from fraying.
I strung them all together with embroidery floss and added some beads and shells in between to give a more beachy feel to it.
The jellyfish at the bottom has small bells at the ends of their tentacles to give it some weight and to add a jingle to the mobile...