I have made a little bird pincushion! She is for Le Challenge, a monthly crafty challenge which is organised by Lucy and Nat, and this month's theme is "Wings".
I knew as soon as I read the challenge theme that I wanted to make a bird pincushion, partly I suppose, because I have a bit of a thing for little stuffed fabric birds, and also because I needed a new pincushion that would sit comfortably on the arm of the sofa
My little bird is so proud of her wings that she lets me store my needles there.
She has a nice flat bottom (if only I could say the same!) so that she sits still amongst all the crafty paraphernalia on my desk and she is firmly stuffed with Polyester filling so that pins push easily into her back.
I have added an additional felt layer to the underside of each wing so that I can store needles there to keep them separate from the pins.
The wings are attached with spotty heart shaped buttons and the eyes are really tiny flower shape buttons - the type that you buy for scrapbooking and card making.
I embellished the tail with short lengths of ric rac, folded in half and sewn into the tail seam.
My little bird is going to get a lot of use, but when she's not needed for pins, I know she'll be very happy sitting amongst the ornamental branches in my lounge.
I might even let her sit outside on sunny days - just as long as my cats realise she is only a stuffed bird of course!
I am hoping to get a tutorial written up so that can you have a go at making one for yourself. The technology is beating me at the moment. If anyone knows an EASY way to convert a scanned drawing into a professional looking line drawing using Photoshop Elements or Touchdraw, please let me know. I found some tutorials but the learning curve was way too steep for me to tackle to get it done for this post. One day I'll manage it, hopefully!