Sweet Little Fabric Birdy Tutorial

finished bird.jpgHere is the tutorial for this sweet little birdy. I have not done a tutorial before so I hope this one is ok. Please make as many as you want for personal use, but please do not sell any birdies made from this pattern. Let me know if there are any problems with the tutorial and I’ll see what I can do. I crocheted chains for the hanging loop and legs, but if you don’t know how or don’t want to, you could use any kind of ribbon or string. Hope you enjoy, I’d love to see any birdies you make. Download Pattern (pdf)

Supplies you will need:

  • fabric scraps for body and wings
  • yarn for hanging loop
  • yarn for birdy legs
  • decorative button for loop
  • two buttons for eyes
  • two buttons for feet
  • embroidery floss for wing
  • poly-fil or wool for stuffing

bird cut out pieces.jpg Cut out two body pieces and two wing pieces using the pattern pieces. bird making wing.jpg Center the actual size wing pattern piece on the back side of the wing fabric. Fold the fabric around the pattern piece and iron. Slip the paper pattern piece out. I’m sure there are better ways of doing this but it is what I ended up doing, feel free to do this however you wish. bird hand embroider wing on.jpg Place the wing on the right side of the body piece and using a running stitch, attach the wing to the body (I removed two strands of the embroidery floss and used the rest so that it would not be too thick). Make sure to leave a small opening in order to put some stuffing into it. Repeat for the other side. bird stuff wing.jpg Add a small amount of stuffing into the wing and then finish stitching it up. bird crochet hanging loop.jpg Crochet a chain of approx. 40 stitches (you can make it shorter or longer depending on where you want to hang it) using your hanging loop yarn. When you chain your last stitch, using a slipstitch, connect it to the chain about 2/3 of the way down. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch your button on. bird stitch button on hanging loop.jpg Using the tail, thread it through your decorative button and secure it to the chain behind the button. bird crochet leg.jpg Crochet another chain using your leg yarn (I was using a thicker yarn so I only needed four stitches) to the length that you want. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch a button on. bird stitch button on leg.jpg Thread the tail through your birdy feet button and secure to the chain behind the button. Repeat for the other leg. bird sandwich pieces with loop.jpg Place bird bodies right sides together and sandwich the decorative hanging loop in the middle. You want the single chain (the bottom, not the handle part) peeking out the top of the birdy head. Pin around the birdy making sure that the hanging loop is in the middle so as not to be accidentally stitched when joining the two sides together. bird stitch together.jpg Using a 1/4” seam allowance, machine or hand stitch all the way around the bird leaving an opening at the bottom big enough to turn and stuff the bird. bird turn right side out and stuff.jpg Turn the bird right side out and stuff. I used a small chopstick to make sure the stuffing filled out the beak and tail. bird stitch up with legs.jpg Take a needle and thread that will blend in with your main body fabric and start stitching up the hole making sure to add the legs in as you go. bird finished legs.jpg Take a moment to breathe, we’re almost done. Grab your eye buttons and some thread that matches the buttons. bird stitch eyes on.jpg I stitched the eyes by holding both buttons in place and starting at one side, going through the button, through the head, and through the other button and just stitched them both on at the same time. When I was done I wrapped the tails of thread around the buttons to hide them. You are now done with your birdy. I hope you enjoy him.

tutorials • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 11 Comments »
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11 Responses to “Sweet Little Fabric Birdy Tutorial”

  1. Sherry says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on this cute little bird! I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Glad you liked it Sherry, I was really pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for letting me know you liked it, I’d love to see any that you make.

  3. Cornflower says:

    How sweet! Imagine a Christmas tree decked with robin-type versions of this, or Easter chicks on a branch; I’m sure there are endless variations. Thankyou for this one!

  4. Emily says:

    Oh Jennifer – he is so sweet! I am going away for a couple of days with my family but I promise I will make one as soon as I can – and will show you the results! Thanks for such a super tutorial – have a wonderful weekend! x

  5. Amy says:

    excellent tutorial! congrats on you first of (hopefully) many!

  6. Concetta says:

    That is gorgeous Jennifer. And thanks for your kind thoughts today. At least I am getting time to catch up on lovely blogs! x

  7. Mousy Brown says:

    Hi Jennifer – am going to add your little bird to my list of links perfect for christmas gift giving hope that is ok!

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