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« on: March 02, 2012 10:37:19 PM »

I've been wandering about, wondering where to post these.  They aren't toys---just a little shelfy/tabletop decorations.  I assume someone will correct me if I've posted wrong

Baby Birds/Nestlings
The instructions here are for baby cardinals but the colors can be changed to represent different species of birds.















MATERIALS:
Felt squares in red & yellow.
Polyfil stuffing.
Eyes.  2 sew-on or glue-on wiggle eyes or 2 round black shank buttons.
Small purchased nest OR a grapevine wreath & circle of lightweight cardboard the size of the wreath..  (Size of the nest/wreath will vary depending on the number of birds.)
Small ivy vines & flowers as desired for trim.
Ribbon approximately 12" long in desired width & color.
Small bits of red feather, if desired.

Also:
Patterns
Scissors
Pins
Needle & matching thread
Disappearing marker
Low temp glue gun & sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  From pattern pieces A & B cut 2 bodies & 2 wings of red felt.  From piece C cut 1 bottom of red felt.  
2.  Use the disappearing marker, Transfer markings.
3.  From pattern pieces D & E cut 2 beaks & 2 pair of feet.
4.  All stitching will be done with a very narrow seam {approximately 1/8").  
5.  Align the felt feet & stitch together.
6.  Align the felt beaks & stitch the 2 straight sides.  Turn the seam to the inside.
7.  Align the 2 felt body pieces, markings to the inside, & stitch around the curved edge leaving the bottom open. Turn the seam to the inside.
8.  Pin the bottom piece to the body matching the marks with the side seams.  
9.  Sew the bottom seam leaving an opening for stuffing.  
10.  Stuff with polyfil & sew the remainder of the seam.
11.  Fold each wing in half according to the dotted line on the pattern & sew along the cut edge.
12.  With the folded edge to the front & the pointed end to the bottom, sew the wing securely over the mark at the shoulders.  Sew only at this point---do not sew the entire wing to the body.
13.  Put a small dab of hot glue inside the sewn beak & pinch it together so the point will stay flat.  Fan the edges back, glue around them & glue it to the bird's face as shown in the photo.
14.  Hot glue the feet to the bottom of the bird.
15.  Sew or glue the eyes at either side of the beak.
16.  If desired, glue a tiny dab of feather to the top of the head.
17.  If using a grapevine wreath, draw around a piece of lightweight cardboard (cereal box) & cut it out slightly smaller than the diameter of the wreath.  Glue it to the bottom of the wreath to make a bottom for the nest.
18.  Glue or sew the ivy & flowers around the top edge of the nest.
19.  Fashion a bow from the ribbon & glue it to the side of the nest. Put your babies in their nest.  Try to keep the nest small so the birds look crowded.

ADDITIONAL HINTS:
Change colors to make different birds.  Brown for a robin with an orange breast.  Bluebird with an orange breast.  Black with a white breast makes a penguin.   Add a Santa hat & scarf for Christmas.

If desired, weight the bottom with poly pellets.  When I use the pellets, I put them in the  corner of a plastic sandwich bag, tie the corner off loosely, trim the excess plastic & stuff it into the bottom of the bird after I've stuffed most of it with polyfil.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2012 10:51:37 PM by Jenxx - Reason: Add patterns » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012 01:15:37 AM »

These are so cute and thank you very much for the pattern and tutorial.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012 05:45:04 AM »

These are cute. I added the 'tutorial' tag to your post.  Thank you so much for sharing.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012 06:33:52 AM »

Thanks for the tag.  I don't know why I've never thought of that.  Perhaps I should revisit my other posts with instructions & add tags as well. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2012 07:41:01 AM »

Thanks for the tag.  I don't know why I've never thought of that.  Perhaps I should revisit my other posts with instructions & add tags as well. 

Yes, that helps other craftsters. We do appreciate sharing very much. Wink
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