A Little Felt Bird | DIY Tutorial

It’s time to put our crafty hats on around here, and we’re going to tinker a bit with felt and fabric. I {heart} felt.  So, I thought I would share with my lovely readers a project that I’m super familiar with because I used to make and sell them in my store, House 129.  This little felt bird is super sweet and versatile. Hang them on your tree at Christmas or add a little color to a gift.  They can also be made in all shapes, sizes and colors. The sky is the limit!

Ready to get started?  Here we go…

First we’ll need our supplies:

Felt, Fabric, Embroidery Floss, Needle, Thread, Scissors, Glue Gun, Hemp Twine and Poly Fill (a few items are not pictured).  You’ll want to grab a piece of paper and pen/pencil as well.  Let’s start with tracing out the bird and wing in the size of your choice.  Once you’ve done that, cut your patterns out.  Go ahead and trace the birds outline on your felt and the wings outline on your fabric, then cut!

Okay, now that we’ve cut out our pieces, first go ahead and hand stich the wing on one side of the bird.  Side note: You could also sew the wing on with your sewing machine.  That’s what I typically do, but I didn’t want to assume everyone has a sewing machine.  Alright, at this point, you’ll also want to decide if you want your bird to face left or right. For me,  the bird facing left seemed most natural.  Whatever floats your boat {smile}.  Once you’ve stitched on the wing, you’ll also want to sew on an eye.  Use your creativity here as well — you can do a stich, an X, a knot or whatever your most comfortable.  I like to stich mine so that they look like they have eyelashes…. sassy little birds {wink}.

We’ll then want to cut our hemp twine.  Cut a piece about 7-1/2″ in length, fold in half and knot at the one end (reference picture 1 below).  Hot glue that knotted piece onto the inside of what would be the back of the birdie (reference picture 2 below).   

We’re all set to sew up our sweet felt birdie.   Grab a needle and embroidery floss of choice. You’re going to want to start sewing from the inside to ensure you can hide your knot.

Then stitch all the way around the birdie.

You’ll want to leave a 1 inch opening to lightly stuff him/her.

We’re just about done.   Once you finish stitching up your bird, you might want to put a dot of hot glue to seal up where you started and finished and to be sure your knots are hidden.  And voila!  You have yourself a cute little felt birdie.  I {love} them so.  I made these this past Christmas for gift embellishments, but used both felt for the body and wings.  They were adorable, you can see them here in my Get Your Kraft On post.  Like I said earlier, they’re super versatile — just let those creative juices flow.

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  1. Maureen says

    Love these! I have a feeling mine might now turn out quite as cute or sassy as yours, but I love the idea!

  2. says

    I think they are so cute… What a neat way to make a mother’s day gift. You could make a Mama Bird and several little baby birds.

    I just stopped by to give some SITS Girls “Love”

  3. says

    those are so stinking cute! i love birds! and those are just the tiniest things. thakns for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  4. says

    These birds are so cute! We are so happy that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday” and we hope you see you back next week!! -The Sisters

  5. Karen Farley says

    WOW – These birdies are GREAT!!!!! I am going to make some now. They seem to be easy enough even for a dummy like me. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • says

      HaHa! Karen, you are too funny… and I’m sure you’re no dummy! Thanks for loving on my birdies. Have a super great day!

  6. says

    I really like your birds and the tutorial. I would like to know where did you get those nests? They would be fantastic for one of my activities.

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