It's time for Round 2 of American Crafters and this week is all about kids. Good thing I got me one of those! After you're done here, head to the competition and page and pick out your fav!
Every day my one-year-old daughter becomes more of a toddler and less of a baby and with that, comes her personal quest for independence. I knew she'd love to have her very own, big-girl chair and when I saw an unfinished, pint-size chair for just $7, I knew it was meant for her! I painted it, distressed it, aged it...and, then I added a simple bird shape and her name using fun, Amy Butler scrapbook paper. Of course, she had to have a bird-shaped throw pillow to go with her new chair, so I made one (my second sewing project since high school home ec!) using her outgrown baby jammies and a sweet swaddle blanket (sentimental momma, right here!).
I'm not really giving you a full tutorial for this bird pillow because, seriously, I'm a total novice when it comes to sewing. I did take home ec in high school, but that was about 13 years ago. I've recently taken up sewing and this is my second project. But, I'll give you the highlights and maybe you can muddle through like I did!
I used the bird shape from the chair as a guide and started sketching bird shapes onto freezer paper until I'd found a shape I was happy with. I cut two birds from the paper and then worked on the belly. When I'd found a shape for the belly that worked, I free-handed a wing shape onto paper and that gave me all the pieces to my bird pattern. I have no idea how to share this pattern with you guys. Any ideas?? If you really want it, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
After each layer was cut and the wings were attached, I sewed all the pieces together, inside out, leaving a gap in one of the bottom seams to add poly-fil. Before sewing on the bird's belly, I sewed in a ribbon tail by tucking my halved ribbon pieces into the body. After my tail was in place, I sewed the bird closed, leaving an opening to fill.
To finish the bird, I turned it right-side out, sewed in two button eyes, stuffed with poly-fil and hand-stitched the opening.
The chair started out as a plain-jane, unfinished piece. I gave it a good sanding and filled the nail holes with putty. I then gave the chair a quick coat of light turquoise paint. When that was dry, I dry-brushed on a thin coat of dark turquoise paint. When that coat was dry, I sanded the entire chair and then, using paper towels, wiped on dark walnut wood stain.
My daughter is a big fan of both the chair and the bird. A success, in my book!
Now, it's time for you to go vote in Round 2 of American Crafter!! The competition is tough. I could use all the help you can give me.
No pressure. ;-)
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