Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Mini Crochet Bird....a how to

Hello Lovelies,
as I mentioned in my previous post I've been doing a little bit of crochet this week. 
On Saturday , while the snow fell, I enjoyed playing around choosing jolly spring colours.
This was one of those projects that just pops into your head and you need to start right away......


It's really the simplest of things.....and if you've read the title you will know these circles are going to become a bird...

Or several birds to hang on our Easter "tree"...........







Ohhhhhh lovely :0), sometimes the simplest ideas are the best , don't you think.
 The first time I made a  bird in this way was following Lucy's wonderful tutorial HERE.  My version  just uses a smaller circle.

 They are super quick and simple to do .


Here's how ........... First pop over to my Owl tutorial HERE and follow my photo tutorial on how to make these modified sunburst granny circles. Once you have made at least one pop back here .

Weave in the ends then make a hanging loop.........I used some thin ribbon as I had some in my sewing box, but you could use yarn. I made a big knot in my ribbon and poked it through the hole in the centre of my circle


I then attached some really small buttons, one on each side of the folded circle, for eyes .
 I made a couple of wings from felt in a teardrop shape, which I embellished ( love that word ) before sewing to either side of my bird.

Next I made a beak by folding a triangle of felt in half .
I sewed it in place as I sewed the two halves of the bird closed with some matching thread. I started sewing at the beak and did a small running stitch close to the edge of the semi circle, through both sides.
When I got close to the back of the little birdy I popped in a small amount of stuffing before finishing the job........


Then there was just the tail tuft to add ,it's made in the same way as my owls ear tufts , so you can copy my instructions over there if you are unsure....again it's really easy.


Here's what he looks like from above...


I really enjoyed making these little cuties, I think they are perfect for Easter , but also great for any time you want a bit of crochet fun.

Each of mine is embellished in slightly different ways.....I love them all and hope they have given you some inspiration for making your own variations.






I realize the sewing bits of this project don't have detailed , step by step pictures, but hopefully my description and pictures are clear enough for you to follow , it's a very flexible project so there's no wrong way ....just experiment and see what works with what you have.



If you need any more explanation please let me know.

Enjoy .

Jacquie x


83 comments:

  1. I really like your cutebirds.
    Grtz,
    Chris

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  2. they are genius!!
    onto it right now
    emma xxx

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  3. Squeal - gorgeous! I'm inspired - kids' names stitched on wings. Love it, thanks!

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  4. Hell dear. Those are the cutest birdies! A perfect project for my oldest daughter. Thanks for the tutorial. Oh and my blanket looks lovely in your post!!! I am sure it has ended up there by accident... Ha ha ha. I got very surprised when I saw I though... A bit weird. For a second a thought it was my blogpost... Happy Easter!
    Annette
    My Rose Valley

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  5. Oh how cute are they??? Definitely a must-make!!! Thank you!
    Angie x

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  6. Thank You, Jacquie! Beautiful.

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  7. Thank You, Jacquie! Beautiful.

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  8. O my they are so adorable...very cute..Janice

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  9. What a great idea. I've made the same little birds but I used felt.

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  10. They are lovely. Wish I could crochet so I could make one! I'm obsessed with birds at the moment and can't stop making my little felt ones. Love how your twiggy Easter tree looks. So bright and cheerful. Fiona x

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  11. I'm new to this and wondered if anyone can tell me why my comment says Reply and Delete under it and every one else's just has the word reply. I also would have sent a LINK to my little felt birds just incase anyone would be interested but i'm not sure how to do it.

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    1. Oh, I just noticed it's been a bit over a year ago since this post...LOL. Anyhow, if you never found out what it means, I think it has the 'delete' only on our own so that we can delete our own post if we choose to, like if we made a mistake on it or something. Only reply under other people's posts so anyone can 'reply' to that post. Hope that made since. :) But then, you probably figured it out by now...LOL!

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  12. Love your Easter birds - such pretty colours and so cheerful. They look enormous fun to make so may just have to add a few to my recent make! Talking of which, I adapted your crocheted bowl tutorial to make an Easter nest - it's worked really well - thank you so much again for this pattern which I've linked to in my post. E x

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  13. Simplest projects ARE the best. These are genius and so adorable.

    P.S. I love the word "embellish" too. It has a sort of jolly richness about it. :)

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  14. Just gorgeous Jacquie! Every time you make something I feel inspired to follow suit. First your owls and now these. Thanks for sharing your lovely patter :-) Mel x

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  15. The Easter tree is beautiful. Love the birds finally something new to do with my granny squares :)

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  16. I they they are great and your Easter/Spring corner looks wonderful x

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  17. How pretty! They really do celebrate spring colour and Easter goodness. I like the way your birdies look great when viewed from above as well.

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  18. Oh! I just love these colourful birds! Thanks for showing us how... just what we need to bring spring into our homes. Lovely Easter corner and decorated branches!

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  19. What a great idea. I really like them.

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  20. Yesterday, I came over your owl tutorial and now this cutest birds! To be honest, I don't know where to start :-) Your blog is so beautiful, I will definitely come back again :-)
    Carmen

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  21. Very sweet, love the cheerful colours
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Adorable little easter makes, thanks for sharing, I'll pop a few of these in with my easter gifts this year xx

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  23. Those are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Thank you!i like very much!
    Bss de España...

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  25. Those are really sweet and truly just brightened my day! Thank-you:)
    Jenn

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  26. Really cute! I love the different details on the wings. I will try to make some myself... Thanks for sharing!
    ♥ Ana BC

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  27. Ohhh! Very very cute!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!

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  28. These birds are just so adorable, thank you so much for posting this great idea.
    Meredith

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  29. They are so wonderful, I have made the birds from Lucy's tutorial too, I made robins at Christmas for a gift. Those are the colours of Spring, my Easter crochet has been slightly less sophisticated...

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/emergency-crochet.html

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  30. Your little birds look lovely!

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  31. These are so cute! I am definitely going to make some. Your tutorial is very good, and I love the colors you chose!

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  32. Your little birds are just lovely! I love the colors you have used and the felt for the wing and beak! I am definitely going to make a few - I don't think mine will be ready for Easter but perhaps spring. Especially with its oh-so-slow arrival! My garden is still covered in snow!
    Thank you for posting :o)

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  33. OH c'est trop beau ! ces petits oiseaux sont superbes !! j'adore, peut être que j'essayerais moi aussi, merci pour cette jolie idée
    joyeuses Pâques
    bises
    Nicolette

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  34. Beautiful Easter birds Jacquie.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  35. Hi Jacquie! Love those little birds full of Easter joy, might look good hanging in the garden too!

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  36. Such Easter cuteness! I love the ricrac legs.... I think if I get chance and make one I'll put a bead on the legs as well!

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  37. Too tweet for words Jacquie.......

    Claire X

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  38. Excellent, I have been toying with the ideas of making some birds recently, let you know how I get on!
    http://ukdaisysays.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Your beautifully hued Easter birdies are adorable. I particularly like the choice of the felt beaks, and that each one of these cuties if unique.

    Happy Easter! xo

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  40. So cute!! I have so many of your projects bookmarked in my reader to try and just added this to the list :)

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  41. I love your simple and colourful ideas Jacquie!!!! this is really cute and I have a lot of crocheted circles done, waiting in a box for a beautiful project like this one!!!!
    thank you for sharing,
    xxxx Ale

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  42. OMG - so cute! I am making many!!!

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  43. Sweet little spring birds, very cute and colourful.

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  44. They are cute! Just in time for Spring and Easter :)

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  45. just too cute. you are so clever. Happy Easter to you and yours! :)

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  46. Totally adorable... they look fab on the tree. Sarah x

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  47. your birds are sooo sweet looking! Happy easter!

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  48. Hi Jacquie, sorry for the intrusion but I was hoping to get in touch with you. We at www.loveknitting.com absolutely love your blog (despite our name we love crochet too!!) and would love to feature some of you pictures on our Facebook/twitter pages. We'd also love do feature an interview on our blog if you'd be interested? Please do get in touch at helen@loveknitting.com. Thanks, have a great Easter, Helen

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  49. Fabulous tutorial. The birds are so cute:)

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  50. A great tutorial and clever use of crocheted circles!
    Teresa x

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  51. I just made one. I love them. Going to make more later. Thank you so much.

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  52. These little birds are adorable and goning on my listof things to make.

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  53. These are so cute that I had to make some !!! Love the Owl too !!! Thank you for sharing this nice tutorial . Happy Easter !

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  54. Cute birds. I already made three, there on my blog

    thanks.

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  55. The little birds are cute and your blog is lovely
    maria
    mscreations27.blogspot.com

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  56. Gorgeous! The pink one with the blue tail feathers is my favourite, although the yellow one does remind me of my sunshine owl :)
    Really love your Easter display, nice to see your crochet bunnies again too!
    Have a really lovely Easter,
    Jones x

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  57. Gorgeous! The pink one with the blue tail feathers is my favourite, although the yellow one does remind me of my sunshine owl :)
    Really love your Easter display, nice to see your crochet bunnies again too!
    Have a really lovely Easter,
    Jones x

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  58. God afternoon....
    Travelling through your blog for first time...(I'm sorry I've been so later....)
    It is lovely and useful for me...
    Thanks for all
    Hugs
    Maria Rosalia

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  59. These are so cute! And quick and easy too, and so very ffective. I wont have time to make any this year, but next year... xx

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  60. They're so cute, simple but effective!

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  61. oh absolutely love them , just right for Easter and I love your colour combinations xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  62. Olá!
    Que fofura,obrigada por ensinar.
    Bjo,Nena

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  63. These birds are really sweet :)

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  64. Ohh I love your birdies, they are so cute. I'm new to crochet, so fingers crossed I'll be able to do these. It's projects like this that inspire me to learn crochet and to learn more stitches.

    Thanks for posting

    Billie :)

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  65. Oh gosh, these are just adorable, I think I'll have to make a lot of these too. I've already made lots of your owls!

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  66. Just a note to let you know I made one of your sweet little birds and blogged about it today. Feel free to stop by if you'd like to see. Thanks for the pattern :)

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  67. Really love your blog. Amazing :-D

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  68. Amei seu blog lindo!
    Muitas sugestões, parabéns pelo seu trabalho amiga!
    Beijos
    Lu Guimarães
    http://artesanatoluguimaraes.blogspot.com.br/

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  69. que belleza de pajaritos voy hacer varios enseguida me encantaron

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  70. love your site, just finisht the owl and now I am looking around an get inspired. Thanks Ria

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  71. love your site, just made your crochet owl (-: now I start with the birds.

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  72. i love your blog..it never cease to amaze me :)

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  73. Hi , Jacquie !!!! I am a new follower - I love your creations !!!! I have posted about your crochet birds and owls on my blog today - your tutorials are excellent !!!!!
    Niki
    nikiad.blogspot.gr

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  74. Wow! These will be perfect for my mum's Easter tree next year, which she lets the grandchildren decorate, thank you for sharing! I may crochet the circles and let them create their own for a fun family project :)

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  75. grazie per quello che fai per noi

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  76. Great idea! I was looking for something new to make for Easter and here it is!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Birgitta

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