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Hello!! 

I'm switching my theme for Christmas this year a bit. I usually stick with a neutral palette of mostly cream, silver and gold. And while I still love that look, this year I wanted to throw in a bit more of a rustic feel. I'm focusing on reds, plaids, dark denims and flannel to really play up the cozy feel. The problem with changing up your Christmas theme is well..... it's pricey! And my husband and I are young, with a young family and the cash isn't always free flowing. So my plan was the take the bags and bags of scrap fabric I have lying around and see what I can come up! 

I was on Pinterest and saw these beautiful little birds from Spool (??). I'm going to link a blog post from Lou Lou's Handmade. She has a fantastic post about these little birds but I don't believe it's the original, just the only one I could find. Any I love them soo much and I was inspired to make a few to of these and they turned out so fantastic. 

I also wanted to make a little sparrow type bird. But I had trouble with every template I found! So I made my own modifications and did some playing around and came up with the template here. I hope you enjoy, they are a little tricky to make, so Beginners Beware! Take your time and take it slow and you will just fine! 

Download Template

SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Pillow Stuffing
  • Hand Sewing Needle 
  • Thread


You will also need to have access to a printer to print off the template!
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Cut out 
-2 Body Pieces
-1 Lower Breast Piece (on the Bias)
-4 Wing Pieces (Optional, also doesn't this sound like a dinner order, lol)
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Pin the lower piece to the bird body. Start by matching up the markings from the pattern and by pinning the tail edges together. Once you have the two ends pinned, carry on pinning the rest of the body as shown. 
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Stitch together at 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat for the other side, leave a small opening so you can turn right side out. 
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Stitch the top of the birds body. Trim any excess fabric away from the birds beak and around any sharp curves. 
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Turn right side out, you will have to use a point turner to get the beak and tail pieces turned out.
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Stuff with pillow stuffing. Start with stuffing the beak, then head and work your way down. I don't stuff the tails personally because I like how it lays flat...
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Use a slip stitch or ladder stitch and close up your opening!
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Use a double strand of thread (contrasting colour) and place a few stitches for the eye!
Wings (Optional)

For the wings, cut out four pieces, two can be of a contrast fabric. Place two pieces right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a small opening. Turn the wings right side out, press and topstitch around the entire wing to close the opening. Press and hand stitch to your littler bird! 
 


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