I stayed up way too late last night fashioning a bird cage to use as a prop for the fabric birds I demonstrated how to make during today’s craft segment on WZZM’s Take Five & Company. In hindsight it would have been much easier to buy a decorative cage while operating on a tight deadline, but that would have been too easy. I’m a little tired today, but very happy to have a cute little “caged” fabric bird hanging up in my dining room. My daughers, Abby, 4, and Ameilia, 3, are enjoying it, too.
Fat quarter of desired fabric, or scrap from your stash
Felt piece to make wings
Needle & thread
Poly-Fill to stuff bird
1 pair of googly eyes
Glue gun & glue
Sharpened & sanded dowel (to aid with turning the bird body right-side-out.)
Step 1) Draw a bird shape on a piece of scrap paper or newspaper, or print out my basic bird pattern pdf.
Step 2) Fold your selected fabric right sides together, pin the bird body pattern to the fabric and cut out both pieces at once. Remove pattern and re-pin keeping right sides together.
Cut two wing shapes out of felt and set aside.
Step 3) Sew around the edge of bird body with a 1/8″ seam allowance, leaving about a 2″ opening on the underside of the bird. Turn bird right side out and stuff.
Step 4) Hand-stitch the 2″ opening closed. Stitch on the wings.
Step 5) Glue on eyes.
Step 6) Thread your needle with a short piece of fishing line and pull through the top back of the bird. Knot ends of fishing line together to form a hanger and display in your home, or give to a bird-loving pal.
Looking for more stuffed toy inspiration? Check out these books:
“Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals” by Therese Laskey
“Plush You! Loveable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff” by Kristen Rask
“Toys to Sew: Dozens of Patterns for Dolls, Animals, Doll Clothes and Accessories” by Claire Garland (CraftSanity episode 8)