I am so excited to share with you a little DIY I just did of these cutie pie birdies from Happy Sew Lucky. I also used them as an inspiration point for this beautiful chandelier I made for my daughter’s room.
The cute little birds are from a pre-designed kit that is so easy to use and work with. I have never made little fidgety small sewn toys yet, so I was a little excited to try this myself. Here is a little tutorial of how I made them:
Easy Peasy! Right?
I love these designs and the organic cotton fabric felt so good on my hands. Easy to work with and pretty – I was happy!
This is my little version of the tutorial and not really a step-by-step guide, so please note that I skipped a few steps from the instruction sheet, my bad. But the instructions that come with each kit are easy to follow and should be followed to get the right finished product. (to confess, i didn’t trim the fabric before flipping and I didn’t sew in the string at the sewing step- I’m sort of the type who doesn’t ask for directions until I’m lost – so I didn’t feel I was lost at all – they turned out great even so. But still, it’s good to follow the instructions that come with the kit ;)
Then we’re ready to stuff these birds. and for that, my 3 year old was eager to help.
she did very well, stuffing all the little parts while I got busy sewing up the openings. she took the last photo of me. she thought we should also show mommy working on the birds. she’s very thoughtful ;)
MAKING THE NEST CHANDELIER
I already had this circular hanging decoration that was sitting unused (I think I got it a few years ago at ikea) – and I knew I wanted to use it in some spectacular way but the need for it didn’t come up for a while. Well, it’s patience paid off – I had a vision of making a nest-like chandelier, decorated with white branches all around and I wanted the little blue birds hanging from it…..
The process was very simple and quick to assemble. The longest part was spray painting the branches, waiting to dry, flip over, spray some more… that kind of a thing. Which is no big deal, but when you’re excited about making something, you don’t want to sit and watch paint dry (not that I actually sat and watched paint dry ;).
My supplies: branches, white spray paint, fishing line to secure the branches, scissors and pruners for cutting.
To make your own circular decorative piece, you can use one of those crochet wooden discs, copper or aluminium sheets found at a hardware store would also work, stapled/glued together – then you would wrap these with a ribbon to cover up. To hang, you’d tie more ribbon pieces in four equal distances to hang from the ceiling. It would work just as well and be sturdy enough and pretty.
Here is the final:
Nest Chandelier with
Happy Sew Lucky Blue Birds
This really makes the room. (which is still undergoing some fabulous transformations… ;)
(all will be revealed soon ;)
I love how the little birds turned out. These would also be great hung on a Christmas tree this time of the year.
Special Thank You goes out to Berene who is the creative mind and designer behind Happy Sew Lucky.
They are fun sewing kits with the pattern printed directly on the fabric. Beautiful, fresh contemporary designs that are easy to just cut and sew.
Printed on 100% organic cotton in the USA with stuffing made from recycled water bottles. Some of the other kits have cotton bamboo batting.
I think this is terrific to try with younger kids, like I did with my 3 year old who was the stuffing quee
I would also see these designs as great gifts for teens or tweens with some sewing experience.
Or it’s great for the lazy busy crafter who wants to do it all from scratch but realistically can’t fit a whole big craft/sewing job into her schedule (hmm, she sounds like me ;)
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