I have a fun, easy little bird pattern to share today, as a part of the Sew A Softie group. I love the Sew A Softie community – Trixi from Coloured Buttons organizes it and all over the world, bloggers share free softie patterns and organize softie sewing workshops. Her passion for getting kids started sewing is lovely; you can see my review of her e-book for kids sewing here. In the past I have shared a free sheep softie and a free pocket kitty softie, this Christmas season I have a jingle bird!
If you like sewing felt ornaments, I have a big list of free felt ornament patterns here, too.
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My kids love watching me sew, and this was one of the first times my 2.5 year old got in on the actions. She was very proud of the wing stitching she helped with! I’m linking this up at the Show Off Saturday party at SewCanShe.com, go check it out!
Depending on the age and focus of your kiddo, they could certainly sew this entire thing. My kids ran off after wing stitching, leaving me to finish the rest. Adding some embroidery floss would turn these into ornaments quickly, but they are big enough to snuggle and throw, too!
How to make a jingle bird softie
- Jingle bird pattern download – sign up for my newsletter and get the password to access this free template in my resource library
- Glue stick
- 9 X 12 wool blend felt sheet for the main bird body, scraps for the wing (My favorite shops are Benzie Felt* & Busy Little Bird*)
- Embroidery floss (DMC is my go-to)
- Fabri-Solvy or other transfer method (see how to use Fabri Solvy in this post!)
- Jingle bells (I used approximately 9 mm size*)
- Embroidery needle*
- Poly-fill or other stuffing
Step 1- Prep your pattern transfer and stitch the details. I used a simple back stitch for the wing and tail, satin stitch for the beak, and a jingle bell for the eyeball. This would be a great time for kids to add their own embellishments as well! The transfer method I prefer is shown, see how to use Fabri Solvy in this post!
Step 2-Attach the wing to the bird’s body, I used a running stitch. Use the bird’s body to cut an identical body piece as the back.
Step 3- Sew the body pieces, wrong sides together, and pause with a small opening to add stuffing. Finish sewing closed, and you’re done! I used a blanket stitch.
Go crazy and sew a whole flock! These jingle birds would look super fun as a garland, too.