Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Me and the Applique Bird

I love birds... Let me rephrase that... I LOVE birds... all the little fabric birds in blogland make me a weak in the knees...
This is where my quest to make an applique bird for an outfit I was making for Hope started...
My whole family including myself are artists... and I thought it would be simple to draw up a little bird to transform into an applique... but when I started... I couldn't make my hand do what my mind wanted and my bird drawing turned into something very unbird like...
So I asked my second oldest Adam to draw a bird for me... (He refused to be photoghraphed for this post... even though he is 20 years old...Kids!)
This is what he came back with:

Needless to say, I had to explain this wasn't quite what I was after... and so here is his second attempt. (According to my instructions.)
I then took and made a pattern from the drawing.

I used iron on interfacing to stabilize the bird fabrics... and cut them out.


I zig zagged around the bird pieces, and made little feet... Here is the finished pocket... I would have been happier with the whole project if the pocket fabric had not been so thin and stretchy... But that whole train wreck is for another day...


It has been a long, long time since I have appliqued... I want to do more... Adam got so into the whole drawing thing he made me the cutest panda bear that I want to make something with...
I hope you are all having a great week:)

6 comments:

naomi said...

what is it with birds?? Bird fabric is the best. Your little bird turned out very well, and I particularly like the first bird drawing your son did...althought it could be tricky to applique.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Very cute...and I love that you posted the sketches...

Arlene said...

Too cute! Thanks for sharing all your "how to" pictures. It would probably take me longer to post the pictures than it would to make the applique - I need to get better at posting pictures throughout my projects! It is wonderful to see people share - I love your sketches along the way!

henny said...

Shelly, seeing all your picttures posting ... "you're really good in handycraft!"

Christy said...

That's a very inspired bird! You did a great job bringing it to life!

dana said...

This is adorable. I love the idea. And yes, birds are cute cute.