Posts Tagged 'birds'

Nursery projects part 4

{part 1 here} {part 2 here} {part 3 here}

I recently spent a whole afternoon ignoring the sunshine and choosing instead to sit at the sewing machine determined to finish the baby’s quilt (matching blanket and burp cloths).

Finished baby quilt

The beautiful owl flannel fabric does all the work. I accented it with lots of freehand machine embroidery, backed it with a plain brown flannel and finished it with a turquoise binding.

Close-up of embroidery

I’ve always shied away from binding but now I’ve done it (this is only my third ever baby quilt) I’d definitely use it again and would love to make my own binding next time. I followed the tutorial by Prudent Baby on how to attach it to the quilt.

Baby's first quilt
I still have a couple more projects to show you but I need help from my husband for one of them (a mobile) and I’d like to have Baby model the other (the finally finished crochet blanket, sneak peak here) so you may have to wait a while. Plus I thought the quilt deserved a post all of its own.

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Nursery projects part 2

{part 1 here}

We have a bit of a blue & green bird theme going on in the nursery and this project came to me whilst browsing the Ikea blog. There was a wall of bird boxes hanging on a nursery wall and I thought “I can do that”.

All it took was some fabric scraps, buttons, glue, cardboard and a bit of measuring and planning.

I started with a paper model so I could work out the dimensions and pieces I needed. To give you some idea of scale, the base is 3″x3″ and the height is 6″.

I then used these pieces as a guide to cut out the cardboard (I used corrugated card from an Amazon box).


I have a box full of fabulous vintage fabric that I picked up in Oxfam years ago so I pulled out some blues, greens and browns. Using the cardboard shapes as a template I cut the shapes out allowing about 1cm extra so I had some spare fabric to wrap around the edges of the cardboard. Then I stuck it all down using mod podge.

To assemble the bird houses I used hot glue (my favourite part!) and added buttons.


Finally, to hang them we drilled holes directly in the back of the houses and hooked them on to nails.


I love them combined with the framed Charlie Harper postcards. I don’t mind admitting that this is my favourite project so far.

More ideas: you could hang them from the ceiling instead of the wall; make mini ones for a mobile; stand them on a shelf; make them in a variety of sizes. This was such a fun project, I’d love to see if you have a go!


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