First off, I want to thank Lynne from The Patchery Menagerie for the inspiration. Reading her "Bird How-To" was the first step in making my own little flock.
will need two fabrics for the wing/body of the bird, a scrap of orange,
two brown scraps and a background fabric. I chose to make the
Here is a road map for the birds:
Choose a background piece of fabric and a "wing" fabric and cut them into a square or a rectangle of the same size (this decision will impact the shape of your
bird). Stack them with right sides facing up and eyeball a diagonal cut.
You will end up with fabric for two birds.
a coordinating strip of fabric for the bird head and body. Snip off a
section for the head, for the body and two pieces to notch the wings.
the two pieces of fabric on the wing for a stitch and flip. Sew, then
press open. After pressing, trim the shape back to a triangle and then
snip off the excess wing fabric from the back. Doing it that way means
you can just use your scissors while you sit at the sewing machine!
Sew the wing piece to the background piece. Next, use a scrap of background fabric to make a notch on the bird's body.
Stitch, press open and then trim using the method described above.
Choose a strip of background fabric and a small orange scrap for the beak.
press open and trim. Attach the strip to the body section and choose
two background scraps to add to the corners of the head. (NOTE: when I
made a cardinal, I just used one background scrap and made the angle
Stitch, press open and trim. Repeat for the other corner.
Choose another background strip to sew around the head.
lined the background strip up with the top of the head when I sewed it
on because I knew that the head was looking a little large and that I
would end up trimming it down.
Better. Match the seams to the body, pin and sew.
a background strip and two brown scraps for the legs. Eyeball the
placement of the legs and make two cuts into the background strip. I
like the way it looks when the legs are angled.
I pressed all the seams one direction so I could get a narrow leg without a lot of bulk.
Straighten the edge of the leg section and body section and sew together.
Trim the edges, and you have a finished block!
I turned my little bird into a new pincushion.
I've used these birds in two projects: The Lovely Woods and Red Letter Day. I'd love to see how you use
them! Have fun making your own little flock.