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A Little Bird Told Me Project and Tutorial

Added May 25, 2011

by leahfranqui

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I make these birds using a pattern created exclusively for Spool Sewing by Michael Fulkerson. I also made a tutorial on how to use the pattern and whip up your own little Aviary of scrap birds on my blog, here:

I love these birds because they are an amazing use of scraps. It only requires two pieces of fabric, one that is 7" by 3", and one that is 9" by 3". What’s not to love! I also love doing them because it creates a cute little gallery of my past projects, and they make excellent pet toys. See, Tiny Tiger LOVES his!

Material Notes

cotton fabric, cotton batting. All thrifted or left over from other projects. Score.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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    Jun 1, 2011, 05.31 PMby keren

    Awwwww!!! He looks so pleased with his toy! He is so cute! Did you put catnip inside? If I make it for one of our cats they will probably give me the most ignoring look ever.

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      Jun 1, 2011, 08.48 PMby leahfranqui

      He is adorable, that Tiny Tiger. The camera loves him. I didn’t even put catnip in this one, but they go NUTS when I do. Well, Tiny Tiger does. Mr. Malevolent is like, what the hell are you doing, silly human?

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    May 27, 2011, 12.42 PMby Debby H

    Your kittie and the birds are really cute. I am definitely going to try some for my little Lily. Great idea to keep a reminder of past projects.

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      May 27, 2011, 01.49 PMby leahfranqui

      Good! I swear, cats go crazy for these, I think they assume it’s a real bird….silly cats.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.32 PMby caramia-made

    These are so cool! Such a great idea to use up scraps. I’m going to make a ton of em! Thanks for the tutorial as well :)

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      May 26, 2011, 03.30 PMby leahfranqui

      But of course! It’s my first ever tutorial, so I’m glad people like it! Thank you!

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    May 26, 2011, 01.21 PMby janul

    Lol, I adore that this is “unisex” projetc :). I made two of these birds too, one of them I use as a pincushion, the second one was embelished with sequins, lace and beads and became a gift :).

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      May 26, 2011, 02.01 PMby leahfranqui

      Oh, that sounds beautiful! I’ve never thought about making a fancy one, I guess I will now!

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    May 26, 2011, 11.46 AMby Dee Durrant

    The bird (and especially the cat!) are adorable! I will try this out as I have lots of cut offs!

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      May 26, 2011, 01.16 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you make!

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    May 26, 2011, 06.01 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is just lovely! i adore your birds, but have to say, that your model is fantastic too :-)))))

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      May 26, 2011, 01.15 PMby leahfranqui

      I know, he’s thinking of going pro….

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    May 26, 2011, 05.09 AMby magdamagda

    hehe your efforts seem to be much appreciated!:)

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      May 26, 2011, 01.15 PMby leahfranqui

      Ha, this is why sewing for cats is the best, they either adore or disdain your efforts, but at least you know where you stand!

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    May 26, 2011, 04.32 AMby libra-s

    Very cute!

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    May 25, 2011, 10.31 PMby minxe

    You forgot to add ‘cat’ to the material notes. XD

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      May 26, 2011, 01.01 AMby leahfranqui

      Well, you know, it’s optional….

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