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At 24 weeks along in my pregnancy, it’s about time I start working on the nursery. We’ve pulled out Davian’s old baby clothes, sorted them, and got them all ready for his little brother. Now comes the fun part—decorating! Today, I’m so excited to share a project I’ve had in the works for a while now, and something I think you’ll like. Check out my hanging bird perch mobile, and download the patterns to create your own beautiful birdies.
Ah, I seriously just love this mobile so much! I got the inspiration for this from The Little Umbrella blog.
I’ve done quite a few felt projects in the past, but it’s been a while since I’ve tried my hand at making 3-dimensional plushies. I couldn’t be happier with how these feather babies turned out. Each time I finished sewing one, my heart did a little jump! Davian is a big fan of these birds too! He’s never had a lot of interest in stuffed animals before, but he has really liked playing with these birdies. So much so, that I almost lost track of a few of them before I could actually put them on their perches. I had to start telling him it was time for the birdies to go “night night” after a while, so that I could gather them up and put them away. Needless to say, I will be making a few more of these cuties just for him to play with.
What You Need
- My Bird Templates
- A Needle/Thread
- Hot Glue
- Embroidery Hoops
- Silk Flowers/Leaves (optional)
- Eye Hooks
How To Make
1. Use my bird templates to trace and cut out your felt pieces. (I’ve included both a smaller and larger version of the two types of birds in the download.)
2. Sew the wings on the outside of the bird side pieces. I did this with a simple X stitch so that the wings could flap freely.
3. Begin sewing the two bird side and bottom pieces together using a blanket stitch.
(Hint: I found the most efficient way to do this is to start at the tail with one side piece and bottom piece. Then, stitch the sides together, and continue going all the way around until you reach the other side/bottom piece.)
4. When you reach the front of the bird’s face, be sure to stitch in the beak.
5. Continue to blanket stitch around: stitching the bottom piece to the opposite side, until you have about an inch left. Stuff your little bird with Poly-Fil (my favorite part)!
6. Finish stitching along the bottom/side until your bird is closed. Finish off.
7. Now that you have your bird made, it’s time to mount him to his perch. Use some hot glue to attach your bird to the inside of an embroidery hoop.
(Optional: glue some foliage/flowers to the hoop as well for some added flair.)
8. Screw some eye hooks into the ceiling, above the crib. Hang the bird perches with some twine or fishing line.
Like I said, I’m in love with these beautiful birdies! Hopefully baby will love them just as much. Give them a little push, and they will twirl and twirl.
There is plenty more prep work to do in the baby department, though. Luckily, I’ve been through this process once before, and I know what to get and what to avoid. As far as diapers go, that’s easy—it’s Huggies all the way! And Huggies Natural Care Wipes are some of the only wipes we’ve used after we realized how sensitive Davian’s skin was.
I also loved shopping at Babies “R” Us the first time around, and recently started to hit it up again. That store seriously sucks me in with all it’s cuteness! Not only did I pick up some newborn size Huggies Little Snugglers and wipes while I was there, but I also found the perfect bed sheet to go with my new bird theme, and a super adorable outfit I’ve decided will be baby’s “coming home” ensemble.
And did you know that they do Baby’s Basic Classes at Babies “R” Us too? It’s true! These are led by a local community medical partner, and are great for new parents and anyone wanting a refresher course. Check out your local store for class availability and times.
Enjoy the bird patterns! Will you be making this hanging bird perch mobile for your nursery too, or do you have another fun idea in mind for these bird plushies?