With Spring in the air and Easter almost here, I felt like messing around with felt. The bright colors literally put a smile on my face. Besides, felt is the easiest medium to work with. It doesn’t fray or unravel, and it is crazy easy to sew. With a bit of embroidery yarn and some imagination, you can really have fun creating some super cool, folksy projects.
DIY Felt Birdie
felt, in varying colors
embroidery thread, in varying colors
old plastic grocery bags
Note: scroll to the bottom to print my uber cool hand-drawn template.
Trace and cut out the sides of the birdie’s body.In order to make the tummy/breast “stick out,” I decided to use a contrasting color from the body color.Pin the sides and breast in place.Using a bright contrasting thread, I did a simple blanket stitch.
I stitched until I reached a natural location for a leg. Grabbing my needle-nose pliers and some paper clips, I bent the paper clip into little birdie feet.After you bend the toes of the feet, make sure to give the top of the leg a little extra bend (that way you have something to stitch onto and anchor the leg in place).
Slip it into place and stitch it up.Once you have both legs stitched in place and you have the rest of the bird’s body stitched up, leave a tiny opening to stuff your bird. Because I am not necessarily the type of girl who has polyester batting bags just laying around, I got creative with some old plastic grocery bags (LOL but that was a hunt, too…since San Luis Obispo does not hand these bad boys out anymore!)Stitch is closed.Sew on the wings and the beak.Last step is to embroider some eyeballs and your set!Ok, I am patting my back here a bit. My little birdie turned out so cute! And he honestly didn’t take all that long to create. He is going to be such a cute springtime decoration!