Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tweet! Tweet! Felt Birds.

I finished the craft I started in my last post.
Bright colored felt and ric-rac birdie ornaments.

I originally found inspiration for the birds at Craft Kitchen
I pinned them to my craft board on pinterest several months ago,
 so I would not forget that I wanted to make them when it got closer to Christmas.
She did not share a pattern, or post instructions, but they were
easy enough to make just by looking at her photo. 

Here is how I made my birds:
(You may need to adjust your measurements, depending on the size of circles you start with.)

Gather your felt, fabric, trim, thread, beads, sequins and needles.

Start with two different sized circles in coordinating colors-
4.5" felt circle  and 3" coordinating fabric circle.
(I used a coffee can lid and a biscuit cutter as patterns for my circles.)
Lay the smallest in the center of the big one (right side up)
 and zig-zag them together with matching thread.
Fold in half (right side out).

Cut  a beak from orange felt and tuck in at the head.
Cut several 5" pieces of ric-rac.  Fold in half, and tuck in at the tail.
Pin in place and sew a 1/4 inch seam, making sure to catch all the pieces. 

Cut a 10" piece of ric-rac.
 Hand stitch it along the edge of the "wings" (the smaller circle). 
(Be sure to include enough extra to tuck the ends under for a finished look.)

Stitch sequins and beads on to make the eyes.
(I used doubled thread so I could pull it tight and not worry about it breaking.)

 Switch to a larger needle to sew thick floss and beads to the top for a hanger.
Knot at the top.
Finished birds are 7" long and 2.25" high.


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  1. Wouldn't have come close to guessing that they were going to be birds Gayle.....
    Lovely and colourful and a fun make too.....

    Claire :}

  2. You are so clever and they are so cute! I love the appealing gaze of the pink at the beginning of the post. Its a very effective idea!

  3. Those are too cute! You could make them in all sorts of different "holiday" colors... Very pretty!

  4. I adore these. Love your choice of fabric, ric rac, threads etc. Have a nice week.

    I enjoyed your memory of your dad's pancakes.

  5. They are truly adorable, love the rick-rack! You did a great job and thanks for the instructions:@)

  6. Your little birds are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. How cute are these birds, and so great for using up stash rickrack, notions etc. Love all the colors, too. You know me...the more colorful, the better. Thanks for visiting my Last Day of September post. So nice to hear from you and to visit you as well. I'm on my way to see your PINTEREST Boards. I'm fairly new to Pinterest and enjoying it alot. I've just added some Notion Photography for your sidebar. Check it out on my Pinterest or my Sidebar.

  8. These are so adorable and the rick-rack reminds me of some of the old dresses my mom made when I was a kid. I want to try these!

  9. Absolutely adorable. You have the perfect embellishments for your special birds.

  10. Oh so very cute - now I must make some!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. The birds are just adorable. I didn't guess right on that. Love the tails. What a great way to use up extra trim and felt!

  12. Oh too cute! I would never have guessed. They are you and so dang cute! LOVE THEM.

  13. Those are just tweeting sweet! Thanks for sharing how you made them..when my little one starts moving around more next Christmas, I will need more child friendly Christmas these would be perfect :)
    I hope you are having a lovely day today x

  14. Cheerful and sweet in equal measure - a lovely thing to make and a good way of spreading cheer in the darker months of winter (this side of the ocean at least!)
    Best wishes

  15. I never would have guessed birds! These are so clever and so cute!! They would be wonderful done up in holiday fabrics, too.

  16. Rick Rack and birdies ~ a winning combination in my book.
    They are so cute and colorful. Great job!

  17. Those are completely adorable!!!! You are a dynamo!

  18. The birdie ornaments turned out so nicely, Gayle! Thanks for sharing your craft and the instructions!

  19. They are so adorable and sweet!! Love them, and thanks for sharing how to make these cuties! xo Heather

  20. These are so cute! Love them. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  21. You are so creative. They are super decorations and so many different ones too.

  22. What a fun thing to make. Your felt birds are beautiful! I can picture them hanging from a branch in a window to cheer the day...

    Hugs from Holland ~

  23. Ha Ha ... I'm just tickled with your little bird creations...I thought they were pot holders but now see that they're for the tree...either way ..They're absolutely delightful..Thanks for sharing these cuties today ....Hugs

  24. These are so sweet! Love how they turned out.

  25. The birds are really sweet - what a fun make!

    Pomona x

  26. A rainbow of birds. I would have never guessed from the materials. You are so industrious.

  27. Those birds are so cute and very creative! Thank you for stopping by for tea and have a wonderful week.


  28. I must say that your little birds are adorable. I hope you don't mind if I use this idea. I especially love their little ric-rac tails. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your inspiring words of encouragement. Connie :)

  29. gosh, those look really really cute.

  30. So bright and cheerful! Thanks for sharing!
    Gill xx

  31. These are just adorable! You are so smart!


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