A while back, I made some stuffed lovebirds for some friends of mine. I searched high and low on the internet for a free template / tutorial, but wasn’t able to find one that looked just right to me. I had this picture in my mind of how I wanted my birdie to look, and all the bird tutorials I found were either too skinny, too long, too fat, or too shapeless.
After much trial and error (and several stuffed birds later), I finally managed to create a pattern that was to my liking. In case you’re ever looking for a stuffed bird pattern, I thought I’d share it with you! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to put it together as well:
Step 1: Download the free fabric bird template here.
Step 2: Cut out bird pieces from fabric or felt. I used three different colors here, but you can also use the same colors for the belly and wings.
Step 3: Using a blanket or buttonhole stitch (learn how here), hand-stitch the two wings to the two body pieces. Make sure your body pieces are facing opposite directions when you stitch the wings on, or else one wing will be on the inside of the body!
Step 6: Sew these pieces together, shifting the bird body piece to match the belly piece. The belly piece should line up with the entire underside of the bird body piece. Sew to the end, but do not finish off the tail.
Step 8: Stuff the bird! If the bird will be a gift for a baby or a child, you can even put a bell inside at this point.
Step 9: Lastly, sew up the tail using a hidden stitch. And that’s it!