Monday, September 17, 2012

Cute Idea For Your Fabric Scraps from

{How To}Taming the Scrap Basket

Well, as I mentioned in my last post ….. My scrap basket over flows from time to time!  That means it is time to create something fun to share with everyone!!
Birdie Magnets
A few weeks ago, my basket was crazy and I just pushed everything to the side and had some fun!
I made these little birds.   You can really do so much with them.  Think about it-
Gift tags
Lavender Satchels
Holiday Ornaments
Wall Decor for Nursery  (how super cute!)
Personally, I like the magnets.. So that will be the focus for today’s craft!
This project is for sewers of all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Bits of felt
  • Mod Podge
  • Poly fill
  • Button Magnet
  • Glue Gun
You can really do this with any basic shape but the birds were on my feeder having a feast on project day and were on my mind.
To help manage my scraps, I made my birds small.  This pattern is to scale.
Bird Pattern
Basic instructions:
  1. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to your pressed scraps to ”stiffen” the fabric and give it more texture.
  2. After everything is dry, cut 1 bird from fun fabric and 1 bird from coordinating felt.  Cut 1 wing in fabric of choice.  (I used felt)
  3. Stitch wing to body.  For my little guys & gals, I used a decorative blanket stitch on my trusty machine and a contrast thread color.
  4. Then, super simple, match your front and back birdies together and straight stitch them together leaving a 1″ opening at the bottom.  Stuff with poly fill.  Be careful not to over feed your birds they will get fat!! ;)  Stitch the opening closed.
  5. With your trusty glue gun in hand, apply a dab of glue at the center and attach your button magnet.
Bird Magnet
These little birdies are a fun way to use up your scraps or even reclaim that special printed dress your child has out grown.
What did I say ~super simple! Would love to see what you can create with this… please share photos on my facebook page!
Happy Crafting!