Make this sturdy birdie!
FELT IS A LOVELY TEXTILE TO CREATE WITH AND IT HAS WORKED PARTICULARLY WELL IN MAKING THIS CUTE BUT VERY STURDY BIRDIE! THE BIRD AND PATTERN WERE DESIGNED BY LISA JOHNSON, ONE OF THE WINNERS IN THE RECENT MAKE A BIRDIE COMPETITION.
This birdie stands approximately 18cm high and 24cm from beak to tail.
You can download and print the pattern (shown on the left) HERE
Print out the pattern. Depending on your own computer settings, it should print out at A4 size (Australian sizes), however you can check that your pattern is approximately the correct size by enlarging or reducing it on a photocopier until the size guide is approximately 10cm long. Referring to the pattern pieces, cut out the body, gusset, wings, beak and other pieces in fabric.
A 6mm seam is used unless otherwise stated.
Machine stitch the two body pieces, wrong sides together starting from the asterisk below tail area (see pattern), working around the top of the body to the second asterisk underneath the beak.
Stitch one side of the gusset to one side of the body, from dot to dot. Stitch the second side to the body leaving a 7cm opening for stuffing.
Turn the body right side out then firmly fill with fibrefill. Hand stitch the opening closed. It will now be easier to add details to the bird’s body.
Using a single strand of mohair wool, stitch detached chain stitches all over the gusset piece.
Fold the orange beak piece in half, then wrap and pin it around the beak area of the body. Make sure the join sits under the beak.
Using two strands of orange embroidery thread, and starting at the tip of the beak, blanket stitch the long ends together, then stitch around the beak circumference where it joins the body. Use short running stitches through all the layers to secure the beak in place while creating a textured look.
For the eyes: Use a long double black machine thread with a long needle to stitch a large seed bead on to the black button then on to the white felt circle. Then stitch the underside of the white felt onto the head. Bring the needle out on the other side of the head to work the second eye.
When the second eye has been attached, secure the thread by threading the needle back to the first eye and, under the white circle work a couple of small stitches on top of each other. Cut the thread close to the felt.
Stitch a circle of small sequins evenly spaced around, and just outside of, the white felt of each eye.
For the wings: Using blue machine thread, stitch the lower wing piece to the main wing piece. Cut the doily in half and stitch it in place onto the inside of the upper section of the wing piece, so that the edge of the doily sits just out from the top of the wing.
Stitch decorative large sequins and seed beads to the lower wing.
Blanket stitch the wings in to place on the body.
Referring to the birdie image, stitch the body marking pieces in to place on the neck area of the body and decorate them with the remaining small sequins.
Using a double length of mohair wool, stitch 8 – 10 loops, approximately 3cm long to the tail of the birdie to create tail feathers. Then stitch 4 – 5 smaller loops for the top of the head.
Stitch bugle beads with seed beads on the ends into place between mohair loops on the head in the same manner.
To make the legs and feet, cut the wire in half so you have 2 x 50cm pieces. Fold each piece of wire in half then bend approximately 3cm of each end back on itself to create feet, bending the wire so these ends meet.
Wrap fabric strips all around the wire then wrap brown thread over the fabric to hold it in place. Bend and squeeze the wire into the desired shape (referring to the photo).
Using a long double brown thread and the long needle, secure the thread around the top folded edge of the wire. Push the top of the leg into the gusset at the desired point then bring the needle out at the position of the second leg. Wrap thread around the top of the second leg then push that leg in to place as before. Secure the legs in place with stitches worked through the body between each leg.
Check back for the other winning birdie patterns coming very soon!
Pattern by Lisa Johnson
To see the finalists and winners of this competition, visit a Craft & Quilt Fair coming to one of the following locations:
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, May 20 – 24
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, June 17 – 21
Launceston Silverdome, July 10 – 12
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, July 23 – 26
Canberra – Exhibition Park In Canberra, Mitchell, August 6 – 9
Hamilton, NZ – Claudelands Events Centre, September 3 – 6
Christchurch, NZ – Air Force Museum of NZ, September 10 – 12
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, October 7 – 11
Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Showground, Wayville, November 5 – 8