giant no sew birdie

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This project is based on our original No Sew Birdies. Its exactly the same principle, just supersized! Its a great project if you are looking for a textile project but aren’t interested in sewing. I used plain calico and then painted it after but you could paint the fabric first and then make the bird if that suits you better.


What you need

  • Large piece of fabric (we used calico) about 75cm square. Bigger for a bigger bird, smaller for a mini bird

  • String or elastic bands

  • Cardboard scraps

  • Paint

  • Cushion stuffing

  • Feathers (optional)


The basic method

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Follow this basic method but GO BIG. You can bind with string, or elastic bands. Step 4 in this grid shows it fully decorated but you can look at what we did below for other inspiration for your birdie.

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This is our big birdie before it was painted. The mouth is made from two triangles of cardboard, attached with hot glue. I also stuck in some white feathers to the tail.


To Decorate

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Next I gave it a good goat of paint. I used acrylic paints mixed with white. I used a bot of water too to make the paint spread. You could use watercolors or whatever paint you have on hand.


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To finish I cut some legs from cardboard, painted them and attached them with hot glue.


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