Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baby Birds and More Shirts

  Hi there again! I feel odd about posting about projects I've done the past couple days all at once instead of one at a time more in depth but to be honest it has been a terrible past couple days.
  Both kids are sick but my Chitterbug is the worst and I can't even do anything for him really since he is too young/small to give medicine other then baby Tylenol...I'm pretty sick myself and so is the Hubby. And after muddling through the past 2-3 days I got home from work and he was getting ready to go to work and his boss texts him (yes texts so professional right?) to turn in his hours, uniform and badge...oh yes...
  It really sucks financially but it is somewhat of a relief otherwise they treat their employees horribly and now hopefully he can focus on finding a better job and be less stressed...Here's hoping!
  So I made some birds from Joel Dewberry's free pattern he shared on DIY Dish Here.
Exposed seams, vintage ornate folksy fabric for body, vintage mint sorbet  fabric for the wings and vintage wooden  beads for the eyes (macrame beads?)
I left out the belly section of the pattern to make them smaller (and use less stuffing) it seems like everyone I know is either having a baby or going to in a few months  and a colorful bird seemed like simple cute baby shower gift that I could use my box of scraps and outgrown clothes to make. So I made the first bird as a Christmas ornament (for Chitterbug's first Christmas) kind of test driving the pattern. I left all the edges exposed and rough on both the body and the wings, did some extra lines on the wings to suggest quilted wings and added some vintage wooden beads for the eyes. The second bird was kind of freehanded and I will pick it apart and finish it right just as soon as Chitterbug lets me have it back...he was fussing while I made the first so he sat on my lap for the second and I somehow made him a turkey looking bird in warm red plaid that made him happy enough for me to continue. I stuffed the wings and the tail and quilted lines in both for his teething hoping it will feel good on his gums.
Is it just me or is this sort of piratey? Anything to see that smile :)
Then I made one for the 5 year old's half sister I think she is 4 or 5 months old about now. Her parents are very into football and their team's colors are green and yellow so I made her a bird using a 60s vintage fabric it actually has yellow white and hot pink flowers on a bright green background but you can't really tell with how little of the fabric is used in the bird body since the pattern is pretty big.
Vintage floral body, yellow wings and pretty ribbon for a pretty girl.

Pretty ribbon tail, I tried to get the ribbon colors in order.

And another ribbon! I decided not to put eyes on this one since the body is patterned already and I didn't like the wooden beads on the last one much. 

Then another boy bird for the newly born son of my high school best friend. In high school she was always tomboyish and loved wearing army surplus pants/jackets/coats combat boots etc. so I thought I would use the cuff from a woodland print army surplus jacket she cut the sleeves off of years ago (I have been saving scraps for years and years) and use the fabric for wings, buttons for eyes and the tab for a fun tail detail for future playing with. The body is made out of brown felt I thought might be sturdy enough for a baby.

The completed bird on the side with the tab and button-so darling right?

The tab and button are actually functional :)

The button eyes turned out pretty nice looking!

  And then I made more shirts for the 5 year old...one of my favorite local thrift shops where I get most of my fabric has a sale every Saturday any color tagged clothing $5 and under is a dollar and 4 $1 racks of clothes that are buy 1 get 1 free so I went and raided their t-shirt and polo selection. Out of the giant bags I brought home I got some clothes for their bright patterns to make toys etc. out of, some fabric and lots of shirts I spent $38 which may seem like a lot but I have enough to make some shirts now that fit him and some after these don't fit, a couple shirts for me, a few that my Hubby immediately hied off with for himself and then fabric for whatever later on.
  I was a little leery of adding long sleeves to some of the shirts since they were XL's and I planned to cut the sleeves off, cut the core down and then cut the sleeves down to the right size, attach them then attach the long sleeves but then it occurred to me if I cut the sides just right and make the armpit before the original armpit seam I might not have to go through all of that so I tried it and now they are 3/4 sleeves and look pretty good on him actually :D
Here is a few of them.

I really love the yellow polo and the green is a velvet Quiksilver shirt. 

This blue one was the right size all over already except for the length-I took 2.5 feet off of it is it just me or does that seem proportionally odd to have such a long shirt?

 XL super soft Tee that his dad wanted to hie off with-Hubby has drawers full of clothes he doesn't wear...I will tackle them at a later date. He is the out of sight out of mind type so he doesn't wear it all.

I thought this mighty mouse graphic was cute :)
Tomorrow I will be making more birds for the babies I know are coming and maybe a few extra just in case.  I also need to start working on a quilt, that darn fabric covered cork board for my sister, some DIY glass hurricane candle holders, hand painting embellishments on the 2 sets of candles I'm giving with the hurricanes  . A sign for my Mother's craft room and pajama pants and some rice hot/cold packs for the Hubby's Christmas gifts...and covers for his android smart phone, G-Slate tablet, and his laptop...phew...all that, cleaning house some and keeping my Chitterbug and hopefully Hubby too in good spirits. And dinner if I can get to it!
  Actually Hubby might make dinner...he is such a great cook I certainly don't mind!

Maybe I should go get a head start on all that...hmmm...nah...I think I will go cuddle the Hubby.
Good Night/Good Morning Everyone!
Bonnie M


  1. Aaww, I hope all of you feel better soon, and your hubby finds a better job...
    I really like your crafty birds, very sweet and pretty!
    Good luck!