I made a little felt bird in flight and I thought you might like to make one, too. These birds are pretty as ornaments for the holidays, or make several and hang them from a branch to make a mobile. They’re pretty simple to make with a few scraps of felt and some embroidery floss, although they are small so a bit fiddly. Just take your time and enjoy the process!
Here are some birds made up in different colors, but all monochrome.
A scrap of wool-blend felt, about 6 inches x 12 inches
A tiny scrap of brown wool-blend felt for the beak, about 2 inches x 2 inches
Embroidery floss in black, about 18 inches
Fiberfill stuffing, about 1 ounce
Coordinating all-purpose thread
Monofilament or metallic thread to make a loop for hanging
Okay, let’s get started!
Download the pattern template, print and cut out. From felt, cut two body pieces, adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance and cut two wings and one tail (no seam allowances needed).
Fold the wings up inside the body to keep them out of the way for this next step. Pin the body pieces together. Set your machine to a small stitch length (I set mine to 2 which is 13 stitches per inch) and stitch around the body, starting and stopping under the tail.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch. Clip the curves. Turn the bird right side out and stuff firmly. (Turning can be fiddly! I like to use hemostats for this.) Close the opening with ladder stitch (see my post here for more on how to close an opening neatly).
Fold the brown felt in half and press. Place the base of the beak triangle on the fold and cut out (no seam allowance needed). Put a bead of glue along the fold and press the beak to the bird, pinning it in place until the glue dries.
Set your bird free! I like to decorate a tree branch with some felt leaves and flowers and hang the bird from there just to make it extra pretty. Enjoy!