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Do it!

Fly, birdie, fly!

Make your own cuddly toy to love – sounds great, right? With just a few stitches, you can create your own character and bring it to life. There are no limits to your imagination. Our little birdie is super cute and easy to sew – you could even make your own flock! The ideal way to bring a smile to the face of kids, both young and old!

What you'll need

Pattern

  • 15 cm cotton / muslin for the body and wings
  • 15 cm cotton / muslin for the beak
  • 15 cm wadding (e.g. H630 by Freudenberg)
  • 10 cm cording or ribbon
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Needle and thread

Cutting the pieces

For the body:

  • 2 x 15 cm x 22 cm fabric for the body
  • 2 x 15 cm x 7 cm fabric for the beak
  • 1 x 15 cm x 27 cm wadding

For the wings:

  • 2 x 15 cm x 25 cm fabric for the wings
  • 1 x 15 cm x 25 cm wadding

Time to get sewing! Sewing instructions

  • SEWING THE WINGS

    STEPS 1 + 2 + 3

    1. Place the two pieces of fabric for the wings right side together and then place these two layers of fabric onto the piece of wadding of the same size.

    2. Pin these layers together. Transfer the outline of the wing template onto the fabric.

    3. Sew along the line to stitch together all three layers of fabric/wadding, leaving a small gap on the straight top edge of the wing for turning.

    [Translate to Englisch:] Nähanleitung Vögelchen: Schritt 1 bis 3
  • SEWING THE WINGS

    STEPS 4 + 5 + 6

    4. Cut out the wings, leaving a 5 millimeter gap to the seam. Leave a 1 centimeter seam allowance at the opening. Cut into the gaps on the rounded edge of the wings so that the cuts almost reach the seam allowance.

    5. Turn the wings so that they are right side out and close the opening with a ladder stitch.

    6. Transfer the central line and lines on the end of the wings and top stitch with a straight stitch.

    [Translate to Englisch:] Nähanleitung Vögelchen: Schritt 4 bis 6
  • SEWING THE BODY

    STEPS 7 + 8 + 9

    7. Take one piece of fabric for the beak and one piece of a fabric for the body and place them right side together so that the 15-centimeter-long edges overlap. Sew together the layers of fabric with a 1-centimeter seam allowance and press open the seam allowance.

    8. Once you have assembled the two pieces of fabric for the bird's body, place them right side together so that the stitching lines meet exactly. Then place the two pieces of fabric onto the wadding. Pin all three layers together so that they don't slip.

    9. Place the template for the bird's body onto the fabric so that the beak line is exactly in line with the stitching line. Transfer the outline of the bird's body onto the fabric.

    [Translate to Englisch:] Nähanleitung Vögelchen: Schritt 7 bis 9
  • SEWING THE BODY

    STEPS 10 + 11 + 12

    10. Sew along the line using straight stitch and leave a gap on the stomach.

    11. Cut out the bird's body, leaving a 5 millimeter gap to the seam. Leave a 1 centimeter seam allowance at the opening. Again, cut into the gap on the rounded edges of the bird's tail almost up to the seam allowance.

    12. Turn the body so that it is right side out and close the opening with ladder stitch. While doing this, fold the piece of cord for the legs in the middle and place it between the layers of fabric for the opening so that the legs are secured at the same time.

    [Translate to Englisch:] Nähanleitung Vögelchen: Schritt 10 bis 12
  • SEWING THE BODY

    STEPS 13 + 14 + 15

    13. Transfer the lines on the tail and top stitch with a straight stitch.

    14. Secure the wings to the bird's body so that the central line on the wing meets the seam on the back. Use a ladder stitch for this.

    15. Use black thread to embroider on the eyes.

    [Translate to Englisch:] Nähanleitung Vögelchen: Schritt 13 bis 15

Have lots of fun with your home-made bird!

Download the pattern

Download the instructions

 

 

Images: Rapantinchen

WARNING: RISK OF SWALLOWING/CHOKING:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CORD MAY BECOME LOOSE AND IS AT RISK OF BEING SWALLOWED BY SMALL CHILDREN.
DO NOT PLACE THE CUDDLY TOY IN BED WITH A SLEEPING BABY/TODDLER.