I’ve been making so many of these little fabric birds recently to give as newborn gifts. They’re perfect for little ones because they have no detachable bits so they’re safe for little mouths to explore, and their shape, especially the curve between the body and the tail, makes them the perfect shape for little hands to grip. Olive loved hers when she was a tiny tot.
I continue to be staggered by the generosity of people on the internet and this pattern is a perfect example. As with so many of these free patterns, this one is copyrighted (by Spool, obviously) and only provided for personal use.
I like to reinforce the beaks with some extra top stitches as that bit tends to get most of the dribbly exploration.
The tail feathers are my more recent addition to the pattern.
I like to reinforce the seam holding the tail feathers in by going back and forward over it at least 4 times to make sure the ribbon loops won’t come loose.
They’re also lovely because they perch. I used to put them just above the change table so they were peering interestedly down on all the action that took place there. Olive would reach up excitedly for them and they were a great distraction when she got wriggly and things got messy.
The most recent bird went to my newest niece today. Evie was born last Monday and we’re thrilled she’s here. And hope she likes birds.
I hope you might be inspired to try one of these birds yourself. They’re easily handsewn and even more easily sewn on a machine. I must warn you they’re addictive to make.
Do you have any crafty go-to gifts for newborns? I’d love to hear.