I’ve decided to share a fun, easy project using your fabric scraps: a Carla bird! Here’s a picture of mine and he hangs on my studio wall and keeps me company:
This is a perfect project if you are just learning free motion quilting with your machine or just need an excuse to practice. The black quilted fabric used in the picture were literally quilted with scribbles and it looks great!
Fusible Batting (other batting will do in a pinch), Black fabric- plate size (see picture), scrap fabrics for beak, eyes, legs and wings, Yarn or DMC floss for hair, sewing machine, thread, and basic sewing supplies. Optional: extra stuffing for his body and under his wing.
Step 1: Determine your pattern size and fabric choices and cut out. I used a plate from my cupboard as my template.
Here’s where I fused and quilted mine. Quilt fancy, quilt messy, anything goes!
Next you mark and cut out pattern. Here’s some pictures for you visual learners like me:
Next, you stitch the beak closed using your favorite stitch. I set my machine on a tight zigzag stitch. Create the legs of your choice and pin in the correct location for when you eventually close the body. I made my legs by cutting 3 strips per leg, pressing them in half, and then braiding. I tied a knot at the bottom and trimmed to create feet. Any style of legs will do, get creative and use fibers on hand.
Add a tuft of hair (I used embroidery DMC floss, but you could also use yarn or any fibers), a tail if desired, and when everything is pinned, you stitch the body closed. I used fabric glue to attach the eyes.
Hopefully, I described all the steps. This is a very simple project- even a beginner could easily make one. I whipped my first bird out in less than an hour. Also note that you may also make this bird more 3-Dimensional by simply adding stuffing and an underbelly panel.
If you make a Carla Bird, please send me a picture. Who knows? you might even win a special surprise, too!
Have fun!! Regards, Carla