Wednesday, November 04, 2009


This was put together for Edie's 12 Days of Christmas Tutorials.
It's also posted here for your viewing and learning pleasure.

I created my version of the little paper/fabric bird after seeing some out of my price range on Etsy. It took many tries--which you can read about here, but I think I finally *landed* on the perfect little decorating accessory.

Step 1: Pick out cute fabric and cut out pieces.
(Get a PDF of the pattern here.)
Fabric Bird - pattern
Note: I would not attempt a paper bird first; but when you are ready, make your pattern out of something clear so that you can place it over the area of the map that you want to show. I used the plastic that was the window on some packaging. It is easier to see if you outline it with a permanent marker.
Map Bird - template
Note: I use quilter's thread, small black beads, and old lady glasses for the next step. And in case you are wondering, in the above photo, LB stands for Little Bird. There are BB pieces as well. I used a small hole punch to make a template for the eye placement.
Fabric Bird - supplies
Step 2: Sew on the small beads for eyes
Fabric Bird - eye template

Fabric Bird - eye
Step 3: Line up the small head piece for sewing first.
Step 4: Sew in the directions of the arrows on the pattern.
(Back of head to front of head to back of head to tail to beak to middle of belly.)
Clear as mud?
Note: I'm not sure I have ever sewn a bird the same way twice. Do what works best for you.
Fabric Bird - Head

Fabric Bird - stitching
Step 5: Stuff bird.
Note: Use a pencil to get the stuffing in the tail. Poly-fil works fine for the fabric birds, but you will want to use a pulled apart cotton ball for the tail of a paper one. The Poly-fil will just keep sliding out and it will bug you.
Fabric Bird - stuff
Step 6: Sew shut.
fabric bird
Step 7: Make legs.
Note: I use 24-guage wire, but I think a large paper clip could also work--not a small paper clip because the legs would be too short. I know that because I tried it today when I couldn't find my spool of wire. I use a jewelry tool, but needle-nosed pliers would probably work. I made the shape below out of a thicker wire to show the shape more clearly--actually, I made it because I couldn't locate the missing spool of wire.
Fabric Bird - foot shape

Fabric Bird - foot
Step 7: Glue in legs.
Note: There are dots on the pattern to give you an idea of leg placement. Believe me, this is not an exact science. Getting the balance just right takes a bit of patience. I roll the ends of the wire in some tacky glue and then shove them through the holes that I make using a bigger needle--you know, stick it in and then just roll it around to make a bit of an opening in the fabric. I make sure the legs are about the same length and then allow the glue to dry. I then balance the fellow by holding down the feet and making slight adjustments to the angle of the legs. Sounds more complicated than it is.
Step 8: Give as a present and make people smile. See for yourself here.
More birds can be seen in this post.


Mimi said...

Oh those are so cute!!!
If I get a free minute to do those I will be making them!!!!
So lovely!!!!

Laryssa Herbert said...

These birds are some of the cutest things I have ever seen!!

I saw the one you gave to Nester at BlissDom '09. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

Sarah said...

Hi Denise, thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial! I just posted my attempt to recreate your beauty. I'd be flattered to hear what you think! God's blessings on your weekend, Sarah :D

Angela Ventura said...

I was crazy to find this bird pattern...thank you for sharing it with us...

I loved your blog...and surely I will be back many times!

Congratulations! And if can make my bird, I 'll send you the pictures.


Angela Ventura (from Brazil)

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Adorable-my kids love birds. I will have to give these a try! Love them on the tree too. Wonderful blog-thanks for sharing :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Neat blog, thanks for sharing, I love the blue bird! I'm adding on too! Cindy said...

adorable! I love them all! thanks for a great tutorial!

Mandy said...

LOVE your birds, LOVE your blog! I bookmarked you :)

Angela said...

Hello! I am so glad I found your blog! I adore these, they are lovely. I can't wait to try some of my own, I couldn't pick a fave, loved em' all. Take care :)

Allyson said...

They all are adorable. The white and red is how I decorate my christmas tree, would feel right at home their.

Jessica said...

is that not incredible that as big as blogland is, i saw you on there an realized that i had met and spoke with you before? crazy, huh?

i have a canon 5d. i love it. i signed up for the green bird! love it. . . .
we'll have to meet up sometime. i'd love to know how you organize your craft get-togethers. i'm thinking of doing the same thing. . .i've been contimplating it for a long time, but we just finished our house and moved in a few months ago, so things are starting to settle down, you know!

arkie said...

Just found a link to your blog as I was skimming around some blogs. The little birds are so cute! I would love to try to make some! How nice of you to share the instructions! Thank You!

Little Lovables said...

so adorable, thank you for sharing!!

Snowman Hill said...

Those are so dang cute, I have to try it! Stop over sometime! Krista

Sue said...

is it possible to get the PDF for the pattern still? o sute. If you can my addy is

chirp, chirp, chirp said...

Is the pattern for the bird still avalaible. If so I would love to use it to make 5 little birds for our family. Thank you


Mom2BradyE said...

Would you still have the pattern? The link seems to be broken.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! what a wonderful TUTE these birds are tooooooooooo stunning ... these would be perfect for my friends wedding, it is still possible to get the pattern?

Many thanks


I saw this on Edie's blog and asked her for the pattern. She said to you would be able to email me the pattern. If that's possible, my email address is


Chare said...

I LOVE these! So cute! You did an awesome job with the pattern. I can't get the link to work though for it, is there anyway you could send it to me???

Thanks for the creativity!!!

Bill said...

I love the birds, but I can't get the pattern link to work either. Would it be possible to email me the pattern? thank you so much!!!

audrey said...

I was so happy with your bird... but I can't get the pattern link. Would it be possible to email me the pattern? thank you so much!!!

thank you for sharing


houseofdrama said...

I also would love your bird pattern I have been looking for something cute to make for spring-Perfect.

K said...

Hi! I would love to get a file of the pattern! I'm dying to make one -- or perhaps an army -- of these little guys!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Hey there I would like to make these for spring, but the pdf file isn't working... Can this be emailed to me? Thanks!

naylor said...

Please could you email me the pdf... I would love to make these for my friends wedding cake toppers!

Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said...

I can't see where to email you! I REALLY want to make some of these birds today... for some kids at church :) Could you email me the pattern? Forever in your debt,

marion said...

You are too smart! Those birds are adorable. Your blog is now one of my favorites! I'm 50 something too. I would love a copy of your pattern. Would you please email it to me as well? My email is And who said getting older is for the birds? I think we are hitting our prime! God is good...all the time!

The Nettles Family said...

Can you email this pdf pattern to me. I love these birds and so does my SIL! Your blog is awesome! jeszgrl at hotmail dot com

tchris said...

I love these little birds! Is the pattern no longer available?

Anonymous said...

Please repost the pdf for the bird pattern, many are asking for it! Thanks.

Stephanie said...

Great job!! I love the birds you made but I can't access the PDF file to make them. It would be greatly appreciated if you could repost it!! Thanks!

fire e said...
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fire e said...

Hi, these are awesome! I can't wait to do them, just 1 hiccup...

The link you provided for the PDF says: "Sorry, the page (or document) you have requested is not available." :-(

Is there another link? What to do??? Please advise.

carla.rees said...

any chance you could email me the pattern for these little cuties? the link doesnt seem to be working for me either would be much appreciated as i have been looking for this pattern everywhere ever since i saw the pictures when brainstorming for my art degree projectand think they would look wonderful as some prep pieces

Agnes Sim said...

yaya.. i want the pattern in PDF too. Thanks if you can email to me:


Tiffany said...

Can you send the pattern to me please?

ShellyStout said...

Oh Can you please send me the PDF!!!!

Cheryl said...

Is the PDF still available? I'd love to make some of these but the google docs link doesn't work.

Stephanie said...

Hi! I just found your sweet little birdie but the pattern isn't online anymore. Can you upload it again? That would be wonderful!

htransue said...

I am so sorry to be the 88millionth person to ask, but I would love your pattern e-mailed to me as well.

I ended up here through Nesting Place!


Whitney said...

I think these would be so cute as a baby mobile... My last name is Byrd (pronounced "bird") and will be having a Baby Byrd come June! If you know of a better pattern for a mobile, let me know. These look easy enough for me to attempt :)

I can't access the pdf... my email is


Our Family said...

I'm so sorry too to ask for the pattern but I would LOVE to make some birds! Can you e-mail me the pattern at They are so darling!

Sherry said...

Those are some of the most precious things I have ever seen! Sew simple too! ;-)

Thanks so much for the pattern, I can't wait to start making them!

Lorinda said...

I somehow just came across your blog and fell in love with it! I'm totally in love with your birds and wanted to try my hand at one. However, I can't get the link to come up. I was wondering, if it wasn't too much trouble, if you could email me the link for the pattern and instructions? I'd really like to get a headstart for next Christmas...crazy, I know! he he
Thank you so much and can't wait to check out more of your blog!!!


Alexandra said...

I'd really like the pattern too!! The birds are so cute... I'm so glad I found your blog!

anya13.1 said...

I LOVE the birds! I couldn't get the pattern link to come up either. Could you email me the pattern too?

Thanks SO much!!! :D

Kasey said...

These birds are adorable! I'd love the pattern too - would you email it to me?
Thanks so much!

steph said...

I'd love to be added amoung the bazillion to get the pattern.

maddiemont said...

I would love the pattern but the link is not working:( Found you through the nester. Can you please email the pattern to

A Little More A Day said...

LOVE your birds. I'm joining a crafting group and I would love to make these! I can not access your pattern though : ( Would you be able to email it to me at

My blog is

Anonymous said...

Love these!!! You know what I'm going to ask for, right? Could I get a copy of the pattern too? I would love to make some for gifts! Thanks

Tonya said...
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Denise said...

Dear Friend,

I have been planning on opening my Etsy shop, Will this fly? since that first bird was given away to Nester two years ago! Over the holiday break, my daughter and I worked up a plan, and we are just about to list our items. Because so many have asked, I have gone ahead and listed the bird pdf pattern. The handcrafted birds will follow shortly as will other specialty items. Thank you for inquiring about the pattern, and please visit our store to order it.



Joy said...

Your birds are so incredibly cute!!! I also would LOVE to have the pattern but can't access it. I would really appreciate it if you would also add me to the long list of emails for the pattern. Thank you so very much!

rvsmith1026 said...

I love the birds too but couldn't get the link to the pattern PDF to work.

Denise said...

lovely birds! look easy enough for me to make....maybe. i think i need one or two of these chirping around my house.

Lesa said...

Love your little birds! They are adorable. I would love to make a few as gifts...can't wait to get started. I'm hoping the pattern is still available as I could not acess the link. Would you be able to email to the pattern to me? My email address is
Thankyou! (oh, your blog is great!!)

Cindy said...


I would love to make a couple of these cute little birdies, but the link to the PDF didn't work for me. Would it be possible to have it emailed, please? Thanks so much!


Reversion Story said...

Hi - if you would send me the pdf as well I would be most grateful!

julie said...

would you kindly send me the pdf link as well? love those birds! thank you and God bless!
julie harris

Susan said...

The esty pattern is "sold". Would you be willing to put it back up for sale?

Denise said...

Our records show that there are eight left. Let me know if you are not able to order it.

ozgrkdn said...

Hi Denise; I saw your blog now!I love,very nice blog! I'm follow..I wait my and my daughter's blog to.Have a nice day:))Ruhsar

Anonymous said...

these birds are amazing - i would love to make some for my wedding.

i have tried to get the pdf pattern and click onto another link but it wont connect, am i doing something wrong? i am new to these blogging site

thank you

youre very clever and creative