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Bird Pattern

Download the pattern.

by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

After printing out the pattern, I recommend that you trace the pieces for the bird's body onto freezer paper. Ironing the waxy side of the freezer paper pattern to the fabric will be easier to work with than just pinning it in place. To trace, use a light table or a window.
Materials: fabrics, wrapped florist wire, beads, felt To see blog post with lots of pics go to

http://nelliedurand.blogspot.com/ Lay the body piece over the fabric. It helps to see your placement if there is light behind the fabric. Move the pattern around, be aware of how the eye of the bird is placed as well as the patterns along the back, tail, and breast (wings cover up the rest). The design pattern placement is more important than grainlines. You are figuring out just one side of the body at this point. Secure the pattern in place with a couple of pins. Iron the wax paper pattern to the fabric and then cut it out. Determine the other side of the bird's body. Remove the paper pattern and lay the right side of cut out piece to right side of the fabric. Use a light source to match up patterning. Some fabrics make it easy by having reverse images. For others you need to look for an area that almost repeats the patterns. Pin the cut out bird body piece to the desired area for the other half of the bird's body. Do NOT cut out the pattern shape. If the fabric piece is large, cut it well beyond the pattern lines. Take the layered pieces to the machine and stitch the top seam between the beak and tail. Be sure to leave seam allowances at the beginning and end of that seam.

Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!

Bird Pattern
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by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

Cut out the other half of the bird using the already cut out bird as a pattern. Trim the top side seam with pinking shears OR clip all those curves with regular scissors. Cut out the stomach pieces. Use a light source to select appropriate patterning for the breast and end of the tail. Open the bird and pin the breast pieces to the bottom seam of the bird's body. The shorter one goes to the beak end. Note that the seam allowances are turned where the two pieces meet. Stitch this seam leaving seam allowances at each end. Pin the bird body to the other side of the breast pieces and stitch. Turn the body right side out, being sure the beak and tail are fully turned. Stuff the ends with fiber fill leaving a hollow at the opening for the legs to fit into. The material for the legs of the large birds that I found is wrapped florist wire. It is fairly stiff and requires wire cutters. Cut an 18" length plus two 3" lengths. Bend the long one in half with a gentle curve that is the width of the birds body. Clip the curves in the seams with scissors. Trim the points off the beak and tail ends.

Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!

Bird Pattern

by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

a. Insert the bend of the long wire into the hollow cavity. Continue stuffing the body until you are satisfied with its fullness. c. Take a stitch through the fabric to get to the other side of the wire. Take another stitch through the wrapping on the wire at the inside of the leg. d. Use the ladder stitch to close the seam. Alternate running stitches in the folded edges of each side. Take a few stitches before pulling the seam shut.

b. Making sure the legs piece is pushed up into the body secure the wire to the opening of the seam with a stitch or two through the wrapping around the wire.

e. Secure the body to the other leg with a few f. Run the thread through the stuffing to exit stitches through the wrapping on the wire. about 1" above the seam in the wing area. Make three stitches that catch the wire. Knot note: these extra off and secure the wire at the same level on stitches will stabilize the other side. the bird to stand.

Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!

Bird Pattern
page 4 - WINGS

by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

I have found it's easier to choose fabric for the wings at this point. Use a light table, etc. to position wings on the fabric if a large patterned fabric is used ... paisley's are wonderful. a. Iron the wax paper pattern to the fabric. Cut the wings out. b. Choose a fabric for the underside of the wings. Layer the cutout wings and that fabric right sides together. Place a layer of batting under the wings. Pin the layers together and stitch completely around each wing. c. Cut out the wings with pinking shears. If you use regular scissors, clip all the curves. e. It is easiest to use tweezers, especially the kind that locks shut. f. Insert the tweezer and grasp the pointed end of the wing. Gently work it toward and out of the slit. Grasp the fat rounded end and pull it through the slit. g. Gently steam press the wings being sure not to flatten them.
Play with positions of the wings by pinning in place.

d. Cut a slit through the batting and lining (back side of wing) for turning it right side out.

Machine (or hand) quilt feather-like patterns or follow the printed design in the wings. I was so anxious to take photos of the process for this bird that I forgot to quilt his wings. I think they look just fine, so quilting is optional. Attach the wings. Use tacking stitches in the approximate locations of the x's marked on the pattern pieces.
Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!

Bird Pattern
Page 5 - Face

by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

a. Use a fine thread to slightly indent the eye sockets on each side. b. Sew beads in the sockets. Anchor them on indent eyes several sides so the holes stay centered. BEAK - use felt or wool FABRIC GLUE

a. Cut one piece of each pattern. Both pieces will be pinned into position before they are adhered with glue. b. Pin the bottom beak in place. Begin with the center. Pull the beak ends "into a smile" and pin. c. Pin the top beak in place. Begin with the center, then pin the sides. d. Loosen the pins (do not remove) of the lower beak and apply dots of glue on the bird fabric under the beak. Push the pins back in place until the glue is dry. Repeat with the top beak.

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Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!

Bird Pattern
Page 6 - Legs

by Nellie Durand of “Nellie’s Needles” April, 2008

How tall will your bird be?

a. Determine its height and bend the leg wires forward at a 90 degree angle. b. Bend the two short pieces in half to make the front toes. c.Place the toe piece on top of the bent leg piece. Wrap the leg extension piece to the back and then around one more time. The front toes should not wiggle. If they do, give the "knot" a pinch with pliers.

Find the balance point to make it stand.. Experiment with leg positions, including adding a bend. Enjoy!