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The wonderful gals over at Blazing Lily have created this trio of fabulous 3D birds, for sale in their Etsy storefront, and have been kind enough to share with us a wonderful tutorial on creating some of our own little 3D friends. The bird trio pictured comes framed, with a soothing lavender fill and is priced very reasonably, just click on the image to take you right to their site for purchase and know that I will be envious of their new owner (I would love to hear from whomever purchases them).


For this project you will need:

1. Fabric for the background - muslin, linen, or cotton would all work well.

2. Fabric for the bird itself and a coordinating fabric for the beak - cotton or linen would be great.

3. Ribbon for the legs.

4. Button for the eye.

5. Thread for sewing.

6. Polyfill for stuffing.

7. 2 Beads for the feet.

Step 1
Step 1 

Begin by printing out the template below (right click and save) or perhaps this template. Of course any other image or bird image you love will work as well for use as a pattern to cut from your chosen fabric.

Step 2
Step 2 

Cut out a small triangle of fabric for the bird's beak. Cut 2 matching lengths of ribbon for the bird's legs.

Place the bird in the desired location on your background fabric and pin it there, making sure the legs and beak are pinned into place beneath the bird's body.

Step 3 

Sew approximately 3/4 of the way around the bird's body, either by hand or with a a sewing machine...and any decorative stitch will do. The Blazing Lily gals use a blanket stitch if you are wondering.

Gently stuff the bird with polyfill and sew the opening closed.

Sew the button on as the bird's eye and thread each ribbon through a bead and knot.

Easy peasy, right?

Step 4
Step 4 

There's lots of room for variation in this project. You could use felt or leather for the beak. You could fill the
bird with dried herbs or small scraps of fabric instead of polyfill. You could use a bead or a sequin for the eye. Any sort of pretty ribbon or string would work for the legs, and if you'd rather not use beads for the feet, just tie
knots at the ends of the legs. You could add wings—use a small feather, or cut out a wing-shaped wedge of felt or coordinating fabric, or maybe crochet a wing-shaped wedge, and use hot glue to attach your wing to the bird's body. The finished project could be framed in either a frame or in an embroidery hoop—or maybe something entirely different! The only limit is your imagination.

Here are some close up's of the birds for sale, they are a slight variation on the template we have provided, but they show the detail quite well.

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