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Sunday, 3 February 2013

how to make a bird brooch....

...or ten...

it is soo feeling a bit more springlike out in the world of nature...lighter nights...birds twittering more...little signs of bulbs and green shoots and buds..and of course snowdrops...aren't they incredible, coming up whatever the weather is doing...little signs of hope!


it's all made me feel more creative and much more like getting to my mahcine and getting sewing and embroidering...and using some gorgeous new fabrics such as this delicious daisy design and dotty spotty (can't beat a good spot!)in fab colours...feeling springlike and ready for fresh new shades...



so if you're feeling like joining me in some making...

first draw or trace your birdshape on paper..keep it simple...cut out a pattern and use to draw onto, or just pin onto, a piece of craft felt and cut out...(do try and use a wool type felt as they are just so much nicer to handle and sew with) Please note:I make a lot so I cut a lot! 

then for some tiny hearts..iron Bondaweb or similar to the back of your chosen fabric...and draw on your heart shape...note the nice sharp pencil...a miracle in this house to a) find a pencil, b) find a sharp pencil or c) find any pencil and a pencil sharpener within a mile of each other...

I then spend a relaxing time with Radio 4 or some nice music playing and cut out all my little hearts...bless them! Don't forget to take the PAPER backing off before you try to iron them on...



aren't they cute?

so with care iron on the heart to the bird shape...take care not to iron the felt as it won't like it!

next cut out a little beak in a different coulour of craft felt...and then pin the bird shapes and beaks to a bigger piece of felt...this make it soo much easier to sew (here I've used a piece of felted wool jumper) WARNING!! do not try to sew a small bird on it's own as it'll drive you nuts!



sew carefully round the bird shape close to the edge... make sure you include the beak...(not shown here cos I forgot!)


I then free machine round the heart but you can do it with a normal foot if you prefer...


and ta da..a row of little birds appears ...



it is a lovely moment when you cut them out and they become proper little birds...


just something missing...look away if you don't like operations as the next bit looks painful... but I'm sure they don't mind!


mm and they must look real as Basil is showing a great deal of interest...



or maybe it's just that it's cold out there and warm and snug in here...

To finish... sew a nice brooch pin onto the back and wear with pride at your craftyness...celebrate the handmade and welcome in the spring!

and talking of handmade...check out UK Handmade's magazine...bright new spring issue here

Have a great week...and I hope, fingers crossed, to be in opening Etsy mode soonest...I will keep you posted (I'm still doing photos and writing the blurb trying to make sure it's all perfect and looking lovely for you!)xx

PS and I'me feeling a Giveaway for spring coming on...

6 comments:

Liz said...

Thank you for showing us how to make these pretty little brooches!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Emmie and Emma said...

morning Liz, it's my pleasure! Hope you have a nice creative week Emmax

Gill said...

Beautiful brooches - thank you!

Kim Henkel said...

I love to see your spring time flowers popping up! Spring is a long ways off for me. Your little bird brooches are so cute, and perfect for valentines day!

Emmie and Emma said...

Hi Kim, nice to hear from you! I really enjoyed making them...and it gave me an excuse to use some zingy new fabrics...tho I only show the grey ones here!

juzzy71 said...

I was searching how to make fabric bird brooches - and there you were! Easy to follow instructions with a friendly, chatty style. A really lovely blog and gorgeous bird brooches. I think I need a flock at my place.