I love simplicity in design – a single shape cleverly manipulated becomes something unexpected. It’s so pleasing! Today I have a free softie pattern to share with you that I think encapsulates this concept. It’s called Circle Bird and it’s made of two circles. Let’s see how it works!
- 1/4 yard of fleece or felt in the main body color
- scrap of fleece or felt for the belly
- scrap of orange felt for the beak
- pair of 12mm black safety eyes with washers
- black embroidery floss or size 8 perle cotton, 12 inches
- coordinating all-purpose thread
- fiberfill stuffing
- Optional: poly pellets and a length of old pantyhose for stuffing the body; blush for the cheeks
Download the Circle Bird pattern templates and print them out.
From the body fabric cut 1 body circle, 2 head circles, 2 tail pieces, and 4 wing pieces. From the belly fabric cut one body circle. From the felt cut one beak piece.
Place the two body circles right sides together and sew almost all the way around, leaving a 1-inch opening for turning and stuffing. Do the same with the two head circles. Clip the curves and turn both the body and head right side out.
Use the tip of a pair of embroidery scissors or a ball point awl to poke two holes on either side of the head for the eyes. Insert the safety eyes from the right side of the fabric and slide the washers onto the posts until they’re flush with the wrong side of the fabric.
Thread an embroidery needle with black Perle cotton (or 2 strands from a length of 6-ply floss) and tie a knot at the end. Take two small straight stitches next to each eye to form eyelashes. Tie off on the inside of the head. Repeat for the other eye.
Stuff the head firmly with fiberfill. Close the opening with ladder stitch. Center the beak on the front seam. Hand stitch the beak in place with coordinating thread using small backstitches.
Place two wing pieces right sides together. Pin, then stitch around, leaving the opening as marked. Clip the curves and turn the wing right side out. Close the opening with ladder stitch. Repeat for the second wing.
Make the tail in the same way. Fold the raw edges under 1/4 inch and close the opening with ladder stitch.
Optional: Cut off a 5 inch length of pantyhose and tie a knot in one end. Fill with poly pellets, then tie off the other end. Slip the pantyhose bag inside the bird’s body. Stuff the rest of the body with fiberfill (hemostats are helpful for this task!). Close the opening with ladder stitch.
Place the head on the body and pin it in place. Ladder stitch the head to the body, going around twice so that the attachment is firm.
Place the wings on the bird and tack down along the top edge. Place the tail on the bird and tack down along the straight edge so that the tail sticks up. Optional: blush the cheeks with a little bit of blush.
Give your Circle Bird a hug!