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DIY Felt Bird

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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. I love this easy DIY to make Spring decor for my home!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
  • diy felt bird
Supplies:
  • felt, in varying colors
  • embroidery thread, in varying colors
  • paper clips
  • old plastic grocery bags
  • craft needle
  • scissors


  • diy felt bird
Trace and cut out the sides of the birdie’s body.
  • diy felt bird
Note: Visit the original blog post to see our hand drawn template. Scroll to the bottom to print my uber cool template.
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In order to make the tummy/breast “stick out,” I decided to use a contrasting color from the body color.
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Pin the sides and breast in place.
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I love the contrasting colors!
  • diy felt bird
Using a bright contrasting thread, I did a simple blanket stitch.
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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.
  • diy felt bird
After you bend the toes of the feet, make sure to give the top of the leg a little extra bend.
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That extra bend gives you something to stitch onto and anchor the leg in place.
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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.
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 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!)
  • diy felt bird
Stitch it closed.
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Sew on the wings and the beak. Last step is to embroider some eyeballs and your set!
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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!
 
Happy Spring!
 
xoxo,
Chanda

Materials I used for this project:

  • Felt (in varying colors)
  • Embroidery thread (in varying colors)
  • Paper Clips
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To see more: http://zestitup.com/diy-felt-bird/

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