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Life's a Circus Mobile

Decorate a nursery by dangling fun felt balls and elephants with polka dot ears beneath a big top.


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Designed by Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama


12x18" blue wool-blend felt (hoop)
9x12" wool-blend felt in teal, yellow, gold, orange, white, gray, and pink (elephants, balls, bunting)
Scraps of assorted 100% cotton polka dots in assorted colors to match (elephant ears)
Lightweight iron-on fusible web (such as Steam A Seam)
Polyester fiberfill
Heavyweight thread (such as hand-quilting thread)
Embroidery floss: black and orange
2—34"-long pieces of yarn
Narrow masking tape
9"-diameter, 5⁄8"-wide wood embroidery hoop (you’ll only use the inner hoop)
4—2 cm felt balls in assorted matching colors (available at crafts store)
Flexible tape measure
Pressing cloth

Finished mobile: 9" diameter


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 36" of usable wool-blend felt fabric width.

Editor’s note: Circus mobile is for decoration only. It is not a toy and should be kept out of reach of young children and infants because it contains small parts.