During the Fall and Winter months I’m always in the mood to make things using felted wool scraps. Here are a couple of cozy-looking birds that I recently created.
To create the birds I used some felted wool scraps leftover from my larger projects. This material originates from old wool sweaters that were either mistakenly shrunken in the wash, or the moths got to them. To rescue your sweaters by turning them into felted wool, simply wash and dry them. And please keep in mind that only 100% wool sweaters will felt properly.
Once you have your felted wool material prepared, create a bird shape template (1 body, 1 wing) using cardboard. My cardboard comes from the back of a lined yellow pad…you know I love to reuse everything!
Use the template to cut bird shapes from the felted wool material. For some variety, I made some birds with two coordinating colored wool (1 color for the body, another color for the wing) and kept the colors uniform for some other birds. Additionally, I used pinking shears to trim around the wing edges to add more interest.
Next, use 22 gauge wire to attach a beaded dangle (the beads are saved from vintage necklaces) through the bottom of the bird.
I also used a mini-felted wool ball (purchased from Ornamentea) along with a felted wool scrap (cut into a circle shape.)
Next, use an embroidery needle and thread to stitch an eye. Also use the embroidery needle to attach a thin twine hanging loop.
Lastly, use craft glue to adhere the wing to the body of the bird.
This birdie looks right at home hanging from a colorful bush.
And this one could either be hung on our Christmas tree, dangled from a kitchen cabinet knob, or maybe suspended somewhere in my studio, or anywhere throughout the house, really. I still have a big pile of leftover wool scraps, so chances are good that I’ll be making many more little birdies.
Happy scrappy crafting!