I made a little felt bird in flight and I thought you might like to make one, too. Pretty as ornaments for the holidays, or hanging from a branch for a mobile. Simple to make with a few scraps of felt and some embroidery floss.
Here are some birds made up in different colors.
a scrap of wool-blend felt, about 6 inches x 12 inches
a tiny scrap of brown wool-blend felt for the beak, about 2 inches x 2 inches
embroidery floss in black, about 18 inches
fiberfill stuffing, about 1 ounce
coordinating all-purpose thread
monofilament or metallic thread to make a loop for hanging
Okay, let's get started!
Download the pattern template, print and cut out. From felt, cut two body pieces, adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance and cut two wings and one tail (no seam allowances needed).
Fold the wings up inside the body. Pin the body pieces together. Set your machine to a small stitch length (setting 2 on my machine which is 13 stitches per inch) and stitch around the body, starting and stopping under the tail.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch. Clip the curves. Turn the bird right side out and stuff firmly. Close the opening with ladder stitch (see my post here for more on how to close an opening).
Fold the brown felt in half and press. Place the base of the beak traingle on the fold and cut out (no seam allowance needed). Put a bead of glue along the fold and press the beak to the bird, pinning it in place until the glue dries.
*And if you'd like to try your hand at more fabric bird patterns, there are 16 patterns for birds in my book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew!
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