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Put a Bird On It!

Put a Bird On It!
Savannah from Oh So Pretty: The Diaries is here to share her Sew a Bird on it! Let's give her a round of applause for such detail. Plus a free printable bird template. Thanks, Savannah!
We had this awesome tray in our living room that had these pretty little stitched designs but, they were old and they didn't match our new color schemes so we decided to update it! We wanted to make sure we kept something stitched because it was such a cute detail so- we decided to SEW A BIRD ON IT! Really, we are going to hand sew it, "it" being a piece of scrapbook paper. And when you are done you could put your bird in a cute frame! Or if you have one of these trays, put it in there!
All you will need is:
– A piece of scrapbook paper
Bird Stencil
– Regular Thread
– Sewing Needle
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Scotch Tape
Draw out your bird. If you don't have one already, we have this exact bird stencil available for free download on our blog here.
Cut out your stencil.
This is the front of the scrapbook paper we used. Flip the paper over to trace the bird on the back.
Place the bird on the back of the paper in the opposite direction of where you want it to face. Ours is facing right because we want it to face left in the front.
Trace the bird with a pencil. Push down a little harder than normal on the paper. This will create the tiniest bevel on the other side of the paper which will help with sewing later.
Double thread your needle with the thread color of your choice.
You can start anywhere on the bird that you want to but we are going to start at the bottom. Push your needle through the end of the bird's foot.
Pull the thread back through on the other side of the foot. This is where pushing hard on the pencil helps. When you turn the paper over look for beveled line. If you cannot find it just hold your paper up the light and the pencil marking on the back will show through. I mostly just held the paper up to the light for every step.
Push the needle through the base of the bird's leg. It will appear to be going through the middle of the foot which is what we want.
From the front it will look like this.
The beveled lines barely show up in the pictures but now you will push the needle through the top of the same leg.
And this is what it will look like at this step.
Start on the next leg- push the needle through the top of the other leg.
Push the needle back through the bottom of the leg.
This is what we've done so far.

 
Push the needle through the end of the foot.

 
and pull needle back through on the other side of the foot.
Now that the legs are done, sew the inside details.
All you have to do is stitch along the lines that you traced earlier.
This is the kind of stitch we are trying to create. When you push the needle from the back to the front of the paper, you will want to be pretty close to the last stitch. When you push the needle from the front to the back you will want to be a little further from the last stitch. If this isn't perfect, no biggie! In the end you won't even really notice the little flaws (our bird has flaws too.)
That technique creates this look.
When you finish the inside details, move onto the body of the bird.
When you have stitched everything you want to, tape down the thread to the back of the paper.
This is what the bird looks like when it is done! As you can see every stitch isn't perfect but that it what makes it great! Now you can frame your bird and use it as decor!

Again, this is what our bird looks like in it's tray!

 

A Note from France

A Note from France

Make a Small Journal

Are you ever daydreaming and come across a thought you always want to remember? This is the perfect little assistant, ready to accept your thoughts when you are willing. 

It reminds of the time I was living in Sceaux, France outside of Paris. I would walk to the dreamy Parc de Sceaux and just sit. 

Wouldn't this be a great gift for someone on a journey?

It fits nicely in your purse, laptop case, or even your back pocket. Shall we get going?

You need one large piece of scrapbook paper 6" x 4.5", one small piece of scrapbook paper 4.5" x 1" and 12 pieces of regular white paper just under 3" x 4.5". For the white paper, take an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper and fold in half 3 times. Cut along all the folds. This will yield 8 pieces of paper. 

Fold the large scrapbook paper in half.

Fold the small piece of scrapbook paper in half and fit it over the folded edge of the large scrapbook paper. Neatly stack the white paper and insert it in between the large scrapbook paper. 

Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch. If you use too short of a stitch the pages may become too perforated and tear out. 

Using a straight stitch, sew along the fold about 1/4" away from the edge. I had a hard time getting the needle to penetrate the paper using the foot pedal. So, I sewed using the hand wheel on the side of the sewing machine, which puts out a little more force. 

Tie a piece of twine around a couple of these journals to make a lovely gift. 

The Real Deal: It cost me about $0.50 to make one journal.  

I tend to use journals for capturing things to do, ideas that come to mind, and everything else in between. Do you like to jot your thoughts down? What do you use journals for?  

If you prefer to not sew, hop on over to a no sew, kid-friendly version of this journal.

Go and be pretty,