Saturday, 6 November 2010

Fabric Paper Birds


I have been busy making fabric paper birds for a swap I am in. Great fun, and I am sure I will be making more.
I found a template for a bird, but you could draw your own. The first ones I made were about 6 inches across, but I thought they were too big, so I reduced the size to approximately 4 inches, and I like them I lot better.
I had a stack of fabric paper, so got this out and cut out 5 double sided bodies (making sure I turned the template around for the backs). I then stamped all the bodies randomly, with the first stamps that came out of my stash. I cut out 10 wings and 30 tail feathers (shaped like small wings). I machined stitch all the wings and tail feathers into place, using a variegated thread and a fancy stitch.
I decided that I was going to put some felt in the middle to give the birds a little body.
I choose a ribbon, and leaving enough at the top and bottom, I put the ribbon between the back and front of the bird bodies. To keep it all in place I stuck each bird with some glue.
I then machine stitched using the same variegated thread and a small zig- zag stitch on both sides.
To finish off I added black gems for eyes and used a glitter pen to highlight some of the pattern. I made a loop at the top, decorated with a few seed beads, and added a bell to the bottom of the ribbon.

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7 comments:

Rosie said...

I love these Annie! It;s something I'd like to have a go at myself!!
The knitting was reborn from a desire to make something "useful" whilst I watch TV, instead of just munching at stuff I shouldn't... Idle hands and all that!! 'o)

Fiona said...

These are really lovely. Thanks for the detailed instructions too.

Fiona said...

These are really lovely. Thanks for the detailed instructions too.

Jacqui said...

and these even more:)

Lottie said...

Absolutely beautiful

Pattie said...

Beautiful !x

WendyK said...

These are much better in real life, say's she smuggly. They are hanging right in front of me.