two colors scraps of felted wool fabric, wool felt, or other fabric that won’t fray around the edges (I like to use thrifted wool skirts that I’ve washed and dried.)
8 inches of 2o gauge wire (I used copper because of the color.)
dark embroidery floss
pliers for bending wire
sweetie bird pattern
thread, scissors, needles, sewing machine…
**Use a 1/8” to a scant 1/4”seam allowance. (It doesn’t have to be perfect because it doesn’t have to fit anyone.)**
1. Cut pieces as indicated on the printable PDF.
2. Line up a point of the tummy gusset on the notch under the beak on the main body and sew.
3. Line up the remaining main body piece with the unsewn edges of the main body and tummy. Start sewing on the tummy, go around, and finish on the tummy leaving an opening for turning right side out.
4. Clip the points of the beak and tail, being sure not to clip the stitching.
5. Turn right side out. You may need to use a blunt pencil or knitting needle to push out the beak and tail.
7. Sew the opening closed.
8. Sew the wings on
9. Bend the center of your wire in the shape indicated on the pattern PDF. This is so the legs don’t slide around too much once they’re inserted.
10. Insert the wire into the bird’s tummy where the dots on the tummy pattern piece are. If you can’t get your wire to go through your fabric use a large tapestry needle to get the holes started.
11. Starting about 3/4” from the birds tummy bend the feet in the shape drawn on the PDF pattern sheet.
12. Use little straight pins with black heads to decide on eye placement.
13. Sew the eyes with about 18” of 2 strands of embroidery floss, threaded on a needle and doubled over. Insert the needle somewhere on the bird’s body, pushing the needle out where one of your eye pins are. Make a french knot, push the needle out through the other eye, make another french knot, and push the need out on another place on the bird’s body. Trim the tails of thread as close as possible to the body and squeeze him a little to make those threads disappear inside the bird.
Your birdie is done!
Bend his legs so that he can balance well when standing and make another and another and another.
These sweetie-birds love to be displayed on a nature table with a collection of nests and eggs.
Jessica Croker goes through her days with a girl, 4 boys, 3 geckos, a dog, and the man of her dreams. As a homeschooling mom of a young family her life generally revolves around bodily fluids, books, and ignoring laundry. Between all that, she works as much creativity and making into her life as possible and documents most of it on her blog www.seedpodcraft.com.