May the Force Be With Your Baby

Adorable crib accessories for your little fanboy or fangirl in training.


Leanne Soares, 30, is a mother to 16-month-old Harrison and a teacher assistant at Holy Trinity School in Fall River. “I only started sewing about a year-and-a-half ago,” she says, “but I’ve always been a crafter. I actually have a bachelor of art degree with a crafts concentration.”

Soares decided to put her newly-acquired sewing skills to use after little Harrison decided to enter the world three months before his due date. “We were in the NICU at Woman and Infants for 70 days,” she says. “I made him a mobile to pass the time.” The new mom lovingly stitched up stuffed depictions of famous comic book greats: Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Captain America. The results were adorable. “A dear friend of mine who is expecting fell in love with Harrison’s superhero mobile,” Soares says, “and asked if I would make her a Star Wars version with Yoda, Luke, Darth Vader, a stormtrooper and R2-D2. I was up for the challenge.”

She has since gone on to whip up several more crib mobiles including a nautical mobile and an airplane-themed one. “The airplane one was a commissioned piece,” Soares says. “Custom orders are my favorite!”

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