bird is the word

Birds have been a big deal in design lately. They're everywhere... and why not? They're beautiful, classic, and somehow lend a sense of comfort and calm. In my grandma's craft stash, I found a magazine page torn from a November 1997 issue of Women's Day. Ok, not the most intriguing of finds... until I gave it a closer look and saw the beginnings of a cool project. The page laid out a craft project creating a garland of flat felt birds and stars strung with beads.

While the garland idea didn't really strike my fancy, the bird did. Feeling inspired, I massaged the existing pattern, added a gusset, layered wings and gave it my own style. Thus, after much frustration in creating my own gusset pattern, this little birdie was born.

I think he's rather charming. Right now he's flying overhead in my craft room, but I see definite potential for Christmas ornaments, package embellishments and who knows what else.


  1. Ooooo. Put Martha Stewart to shame.

    You're right, though. Birds are showing up EVERYWHERE! I recently saw somebody doing these cute baby onesies with freezer paper stencils and they were doing birds.

    Isn't it wonderful to see this whole resurgence of the domestic arts? I love it.




Sarah Jerger
Burlington, Vermont
Mom, wife, professional, grad student + maker of things
On a journey to live a creatively-filled and fueled life.
Lover of craft, art, slowing down + all things birth

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