Monday, March 27

Things With Wings

Hello Monday! This week we are all about Things With Wings! I "flew" off in a different direction with this challenge and created a stuffed felt bird.

It has been great having Linda with us for the month of March, sharing her creative talents!! Looking forward to your creativity in the future and wish you the best, Linda! 

I recently taught a group of friends how to make these birds. My idea was to put them on a stick and put them in a houseplant to bring in some cheerful color (we've had a lot of grey days) at home. Another idea is to add some thread and hang them. 

So, where do we all go for ideas - Pinterest, of course! I did the same looking for ideas, and then I created a pattern to make my bird. You can see the different pieces here which are laid out onto a piece of 8.5 x 11" cardstock. (21.5 x 28 cm)

I made up bird kits with different colored pieces of felt that I cut out.

Each set was different, so we made an entire flock of colorful birds.

As you can see, I went with one of my favorite color combos - green, blue and purple. I had to remember the different embroidery stitches, but it came back pretty quickly. You can also google basic embroidery stitches and there are a ton of resources available. 

I embroidered each larger piece, then sewed it on to the body, along with the beak and eyes. I stitched around it with the blanket stitch, leaving an opening of about 2"(5 cm) in order to stuff it with polyfil.  Final step was to insert the skewer and it is ready to "plant."

I had also put together hearts for us to embroider, and even though it doesn't have wings, I thought I would share it too. Lucky for me, my husband had given me these beautiful tulips which were the perfect prop for the photos! 

It was a great evening with friends making our stuffed birds and hearts, I really enjoy crafting with others. I hope you the opportunity to create with friends too! I would love to see you join our challenge this week and make something with wings! 

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  1. aww the bird and the heart are super cute! A fabulous idea to pop into a plant pot or bouquet of flowers, the whole design of these is gorgeous!! Very original and clever idea :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Your bird is adorable, Maura! I love all the bright colors you used and the heart is amazing too. This is such a fun and unique idea for houseplants. I love it!

    Cathie ♥

  3. this is so adorable Maura and a great project!! It's been a pleasure to create along side you this past month and getting to know you and all the DT better :)

  4. Wow! What a surprise! Love this sweetie, it's look so soft and fluffy! Hugs, Marzena

  5. Maura, these plushies are straight up adorable!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. What a fun way to brighten up the room!

  7. What a great creation for this week's challenge! I love fabric and your birdie is so full of whimsy and happiness. I especially love the color combo you chose and I think the eyes are brilliant!

  8. This is precious!!! What a great idea~

  9. Fun, quirky and so original...this is fabulous Maura and it definitely brightened my day! Hugs <3

  10. Love this fun and bright bird!!

  11. I'm in love with your cute quirky bird...he is adorable...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

  12. Oh.. this bird is super cute, Maura. Love the bright colors and the beautiful stitched details. :)

  13. Your bird is wonderful Maura! Love the design, colours and stitching. This was by far Anton's favorite projects from this weeks DT projects. He immediately spotted it on my screen and praised it.

  14. Super cute project Maura! love your little bird, so colorful! Love all amazing details! barbara

  15. Maura, I just love your sweet little bird! So glad you flew off in this different direction. And, thanks for the kind words you left on my blog.


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