It’s no secret that I love felt and this is a fun little project that you can make as big or little as you want. I used bright spring colors as I am ready for Spring! I was ready January 1st!
I like felt projects too because in the evening I like to do hand projects, Plus as I get older, ahem, my vision is getting crappy, I got my old lady glasses on, no chain yet, but that might be coming! That simple blanket stitch and straight running stitches are just mindless, Plus I put my sizzix to work cutting (affiliate link) but will include the templates for you!
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This felt is a blend that I’m using, It comes looking like craft felt, but then when you wash it, it gets thicker and softer and bumpy. I hand wash and agitate in hot soapy water and then throw it in the dryer on medium heat. I try really HARD to make sure I get it out still kinda damp and dry flat on my island or on the floor by the gas fireplace (unfortunately that’s an invitation for Lily to lay there) . If you leave it in and dry in a high heat dryer the edges become distorted. They will still be distorted even taking it out early but not as much. It’s just a significantly cheaper form that pure 100% wool felt/fabrics.
So here goes, I cut my white rectangle 27-28″ by 16′ my final size was 24″ by 13 1/2″. Remember you can do whatever by doing less birds. Here’s your pattern pieces, trace them on the paper side of freezer paper, don’t trim, you can roughly cut around your tracing, then fuse to your felt , then cut out on the line exactly. I pin my felt pieces to my project, always have, probably always will, I’m sure you can use fabric glues, or applique glues as well.
I found the center and marked a chalk line. you only need maybe 12 inches so the birds cover the line, Sometimes chalk liner does not wash out well.
Then I found the center of the birds, pinned it to the pink center line and did blanket stitch around the bird with variegated floss. I continued to stack a bird, stitch around. I started stitching at the bottom of the new bird trying to make sure they stayed nested as I stitched.
Then I mixed up the wings and added them. My original thought was just a simple line of birds, but I couldn’t stop. The rick rack was the same color springy green so I sewed that in place. I marked a line all the way around with my hera marker. (affiliate link) and then sewed the rick rack with matching thread.
With leftover birdie felt I cut out Spring and just kinda arranged it to be fun, stitch again with tiny blanket stitches. I made some felt flowers added buttons in the center and then just stitched them in place with leaves.(affiliate link)
I folded down the upper edge about 1 inch and sewed at the lower edge making room for a dowel, or you could decorate a stick and hang it as well, Then I used my crimper rotary blade (affiliate link) and ruler and just sliced the 2 sides and bottom. That’s the great thing about felt, simple finishing techniques!
I just added hot fix crystals for the eyes. You could just use a thick thread and french knots or buttons as well.
I hope you love my little spring inspired project and it inspires you do make it your own!
Happy Soon to be Spring! Colleen