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DIY: little birds for our little one

If this post had a theme song, it would be The Birds, by Elbow

Oh, how I love Elbow! We saw them in Atlanta over the summer and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Come to think of it, it was Tiny’s first concert. Neat!


I first spotted handmade bird mobiles a while ago; long before I was even pregnant. You can find an array of them on Etsy and there are several tutorials and patterns online if you’re inclined to make one for yourself. (here’s the pattern I used) So, I certainly can’t take credit for the original idea. I was mostly driven by my refusal to pay for anything if I am (somewhat) confident I can make it. And at the end of the day, what did I have to lose in trying…a little bit of fabric and a little bit of my time. Totally worth giving it a shot, right?

To my surprise, this project turned out to be fun, fast and easy! My mother-in-law came to visit us for a night and even got to help with some of the sewing. I’m glad she got to be involved.

Here’s how we did it:

I used some fabric that I had on hand,and also bought a few fat quarters from our local fabric shop.

I cut the bird bodies according to the pattern.

I pinned contrasting fabrics together allowing for a 1/4 inch seam.

I stitched the little guys up, turned them right side out, and stuffed them with pillow filler.

I collected sticks from the backyard.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached the birds to the sticks.

Using circle screws and fishing line, we connected them.

We hung them from the ceiling, centered over the crib. Ta-da!

With only a few more projects on our to-do list, the nursery is really coming along. I can’t wait to show everyone the finished product. Stay tuned for a big reveal!

2 Responses to “DIY: little birds for our little one”

  1. Kathianne Says:

    I so love this!! I might make one for A’s room.

  2. Brenda D. Says:

    Something like this would also look neat in my sort-of outdoor-themed living room, with the right colors – Thanks for sharing!

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