Thursday, January 12, 2012

Felt like a tutorial: Birds

I love the onset of winter bringing with it spurts of activity from birds outside my windows. Once in awhile they all gather at the bird feeder – all of them: cardinals, blue birds, pigeons, chickadees, black birds, woodpeckers. And what a site it is to see, I catch myself walking by the window and stopping just to watch them. Pigeons, being lazy, stay underneath the feeder eating up dropped seeds. Bluebirds swoop in scaring away a family of chickadees into a nearby bush. Cardinals sit on the treetop waiting for their turn.
Most of the time, when I walk by the window, all I see are huge squirrels… they have figured out how to jump and slide down onto the bird feeder, hooking their back paws onto the feeding posts, hanging on with their front paws. They go to town eating as much seed as they can, working in teams; one squirrel on the ground while the other sloppily grabs food from the feeder. I always have high hopes that the birds will fly in and reclaim what is rightfully theirs! 

This month I have found a wonderful selection of felt bird tutorials to inspire you in your crafting adventures!

1. Bird in Flight – from While She Naps
Create some motion with wings spread wide and an open beak.
2. Bird Mobile – from Spool 
Handmade birds stationed on found sticks create a lively mobile. 
3. Spring Felt Birds – from Poppytalk 
Simple pattern with birds on a wire or to decorate a tree. 
4. Felt Bird – from Lavender’s Blue 
Simple stuffed bird makes a great winter friend for your home. 
5. Sweetie Bird – from Rhythm of the home 
Darling stuffed bird with wire feet. 
6. Felt Bird – from NZ House 
Button eyes and feather stitching details give this bird a crafty quality. 
7. Felt Bird Sachets – from Positively Splendid 
Stuffed with dryer sheets, these sachets combine fresh scents and cheer. 
8. Red Cardinal – from Apine industriose 
A realistic looking stuffed bird with bead eyes and twine feet. 
Perfect gift to make for a child, these bright birds are adaptable as a keychain or brooch.

Enjoy the winter season and the birds, and if the squirrels start to eat your bird seed, I’ve found that running outside and shouting, “Caw, Caw” at the top of your lungs startles them a bit. 

Jen Van Oosbree is an admirer of Benzie felt, graphic arts and anything Girls Scouts. She will be bringing monthly DIY selections to the world of Benzie Felt Fanfare.


  1. aw, yay! Hi Jen! I love your birdy roundup. And I appreciate your squirrel-startling technique. Earlier last fall I noticed a squirrel trying to dig up the bulbs I'd just planted. I guess squirrels here are a little tougher because I ran right up to one yelling "hey squirrel! go away!" and it just stared at me and kept digging. ;)

  2. Katie, glad you are enjoying the felt birds = ) And yes, squirrels are so ornery, they have eaten all of my bulbs as well.

  3. I adore making felt birds, so this post is perfect for me! Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

  4. Burlap&Blue -I know, I want to start stitching right now!!


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