Once I started putting them together, I had a hard time stopping. They were fun and quick so I could have easily ended up with a whole flock of these in my craft room.
Each bird has a small clothespin glued to the back so they can serve a purpose in addition to looking cute. I sent them all attached to a piece of twine thinking it could be hung and used for displaying notes or children's art or perhaps Christmas cards this time of year!
I didn't take in-progress pictures as I was making these little guys but I've written out materials and instructions below in case anyone is in need of some feathered friends.
- Small fabric scraps
- Small scraps of batting
- Craft felt
- Craft wire
- Embroidery floss + needle
- Sewing machine + thread
- Draw a simple birdie shaped pattern onto a piece of paper and use it to cut your fabric scraps and batting. Reverse the pattern and use it to cut the fabric for the back sides of the birds.
- Layer your cut fabric so it's back side + batting + front side.
- If making a profile of a bird, cut your felt into a small triangle and place it in between your layers.
- Use your sewing machine to sew around the outside of your bird a couple of times. You can tell from mine that perfection is not important at this step.
- Cut out a wing or two and sew them to the bird. If you're making a front-facing bird, cut and sew your felt beak on now too.
- Use your embroidery floss to make french knot eyes for your bird. You could also use seed beads!
- Shape your craft wire into bird legs. I gave my birds 3 little toes but I can't comment on whether or not that is anatomically correct :).
- Glue your wire legs on the back side of your bird and place a small piece of matching fabric over the top.
- Glue your clothespin to the back and enjoy your new friend (or flock of friends)!
And now I must retreat back to my craft room/holiday workshop!! Just a few weeks until Christmas and SO much left to do!! Hope everyone is enjoying the season and wrapping up your holiday WIPs!