Hello! How are you today? How were your pancakes? Have you given anything up for Lent?
Well, here in West Sussex things are moving along. My daughter has two teeth on the bottom that you know about and now she has two teeth coming through in the top. This means that when she is in bed with me in the morning and I’m not fully awake I have to be VERY CAREFUL if I feel her hot little mouth wrapping itself around my index finger. I still want to have an index finger you see and she can bite, hard!
The recent sunshiny days have filled my home with some much needed light and airiness. I’ve had the doors open to get rid of all the recent cooking smells, lots of curry, and the fact that we get up and I put the twins down when it is still light has made me very happy indeed. I love the end of Winter, don’t you?
The next few weeks are going to see lots of goings on here and so I’m getting ready for them. Events, gatherings, photo shoots and celebrations. Oh, and a little celebration called Easter!
I love Easter. I love the change in colours and welcome the greens, yellows and pinks. I enjoy the chocolate, the Simnel Cake and the Easter Egg hunts, remember this from last year? But most of all I like the build up to Easter. The decorating, the fiddling, the experimenting and the creative side of it all. So that’s the deal here at Cherry Menlove for the next few weeks. I’m starting my Easter prep now and I’d love you to join in, try out the projects and let me know how you get on. If there is ANYTHING you’d like to know about, have the recipe for or want to try this Easter then leave a comment and I’ll see if I can’t get a few of your requests up here on the site. Perhaps it’s already on my long list of upcoming posts but I hope that if you love Easter celebrations as much as I do then you’ll find something you like.
Today I’m starting with fabric birds. We hear the birds loud and clear in the mornings here and I must say it’s good to have them back. There are nests being built all over the garden, I know this because I watch them. The Blue Tits currently have a whole operation going on right outside my office window. They are making their homes safe and cosy for their children as I try to make mine safe and cosy for my two.
These fabric birds will be used to decorate in some way and as I make my way through the next few weeks you’ll see them pop up. They don’t take that long to put together once you get going and you can make as many or as few as you wish.
What you will need for this project:
- Your choice of fabric for the bird(s)
- Felt, for the beak and for the wings
- Embroidery thread for the eyes & hanging loop
- Thread to match your fabric
- Toy filling/wadding
- Sewing machine (although they can be stitched by hand)
- Twigs from your garden or local park (for the legs)
- Draw and cut out a bird shaped template onto some card then draw around the template (twice) onto the back of your chosen fabric.
- Cut the fabric bird templates out.
- Pin the two bird shaped pieces of fabric together so that the correct side of the fabric is facing inwards.
- Mark, in pencil, a cross on either side of the bird where you would like the eyes positioned.
- Use embroidery thread to sew an eye on each piece of the fabric, using the cross as a guide.
- Pin the bird together again (inside out) and machine around the edges and leaving an opening of about 2-3 cm so that the bird can be turned back the right way and stuffed with filling.
- Turn the bird back the right way (you may need to use the end of a pencil or similar to poke the birds tail back through.)
- Stuff the bird with toy filling/wadding until the bird is firm to the touch.
- Take the felt and cut out two triangles, the same size, for the birds beak.
- Sew the sides together leaving the bottom open
- Stuff the beak with toy filling/wadding
Tip: As the beak is so small you may need to use something thin and long to push the wadding in, I used the end of fine paintbrush to stuff my beak.
- Sew the open end of the stuffed beak on to the fabric bird.
- Cut out two triangular shapes of felt for the wings.
- Pin the wings on either side of the bird and then sew on in place
- For the birds legs I used twigs from my garden.
- Cut them to the required length and push them up into the wadding/filling through the hole that has been left open
- Stitch the hole together by hand securing the twig legs in place at the same time
- Use some embroidery thread to make a hanging loop on the neck if the bird and secure in knot
They can hang in branches of Pussy Willow.
Inside in a vase or on the table.
Or, if you live in warmer climes they can go outside and decorate a terrace or corner of the garden.
I’m working on an Easter centerpiece so I think a great many of the birds will end up there. But they also make great gifts and can go in to a favor bag if you have a wedding or celebration that you are arranging.
Wherever you put them they will keep. Unlike the chocolate that you’ll be given. This means that should you make them this year you’ll be bringing them back out again for many more years to come. I love the thought of that.
And I love you. Have a fantastic day and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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