I quite often find myself browsing craft and sewing books, thinking ‘ooooh that’s nice!’ or ‘oooooh I could make that!’. However, as nice as it would be to make all the things that I see; I don’t actually need any of them. I made a few bits last year and they have just sat on a shelf all year.
I love the bird pattern that is seen in many vintage style craft shops. The pattern is also supplied in the Cath Kidston Sew book as part of a quilt applique design. I decided to make the birds as small cushions and put them together as horizontal bunting to go either side of a door frame.
I started by cutting out all of the bird patterns and wings. For each bird, I needed 2 bird cut outs and 2 wings. As these are going to be made into small cushions, a bird and a wing needed to be the opposite way for each bird.
I ironed interfacing onto the reverse of each wing and then appliqued it onto each bird cut out, using a zig-zag stitch. My machine decided to lose the zig-zag stitch overnight, creating more of an overlocking stitch instead. Interesting! After spending about an hour trying allsorts, I realised that it was the lower tension…..not the upper 😦
Each bird then got a little button eye!
8 equal pieces of ribbon were cut and the birds were joined together. I think that this was possibly the trickiest part of the make as I had to work out which way round the ribbon needed to be. I also had to sew the birds to one another, letting one bird slide through the gap that I had left for stuffing.
Stuffed, stitched and steamed. They were complete!
I just can’t hang them up yet as our walls are not finished yet!!