Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pretty, Pretty Birds

When I am sewing something that isn't clothing chances are good the pattern came from Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake Patterns. She is one of the few sewists that I know in real life, and she got me hooked on Etsy when Etsy was still a good and pure place for makers. I've sewn her Love Your Lunch Box, and Lola the Owl twice (here, and here). Her projects can be characterized as user friendly, adorable, and relatively fast. The last Archer I made took me a week. I made these little pretties from Virginia's new book Pretty Birds in an afternoon (coincidently, from scraps of that Archer).

I am a bit of a backyard bird watcher, I had my little heart set on sewing a pair of cardinals. We have a pair that nests in the lot next door, and perches on our patio fence from time to time. Every single project in Pretty Birds can be made with the scraps of whatever garment you've sewn lately. Unfortunately, I rarely wear red, so I rarely sew with red, so I don't have any scraps of red hanging around.  I do have a ton of blue...plan changed to a pair of robins. These guys are doing their natural cousins one better with Liberty of London Tana Lawn breasts. I don't think I've ever thrown away anything but the tiniest shred of Liberty. Hoarding comes in handy (and is completely justified) at times like these. These little robins only took a few square inches of left over chambray, and light wash denim for the bodies, and the tiniest patch of print for the breast.
Pertinent Info:
Robin Pattern: Pretty Birds by Virginia Lindsay
Light Blue Body Fabric: Robert Kaufman Denim in Washed Bleach Indigo
Dark Body Fabric: Indigo Chambray (similar)
Light Blue Bird Print: Liberty London Betsy in Light Blue
Dark Blue Bird Print: Liberty London Thrope in Blue
Beaks: Wool Felt
Now, run along and enter the giveaway where 5 winners will receive a FREE copy of Virginia's beautiful new book Pretty Birds and a bird sewing kit!  If you sew a lot of red, I expect cardinals.

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  1. Very cute indeed, and yes a great justification for keeping scraps!

    1. Thanks FT. I knew I was saving all though scraps for a reason. I have so many scraps I should probably make a few more birds.