We broke a record here yesterday. Largest number of days above 90 degrees in one year. We’re up to 25, and we normally average 13. We’re also socked in by smoke from the wildfires everywhere. Mt. Hood is obscured and we’re feeling some not-fun effects from breathing it. This summer has been crazy, and to be honest, I’ve had enough of it. Just one more bit of August business, then I vote we move on to September, and boots, and pumpkin and much lower temperatures. Who’s with me?
To make this little guy, the latest in my Hot Pad of the Month series, you’ll need:
- this pattern
- cotton fabric
- thin batting
- 2 buttons
Body: Cut 2 fabric, 1 InsulBright, 1 batting
Wing: Cut 2 fabric, 1 batting or InsulBright
Beak: Cut 2 fabric, 1 batting or InsulBright
Tail: Cut 2 fabric, 2 batting or InsulBright
Be sure to flip the pattern piece over to cut the second fabric piece so they’ll fit together properly.
Layer the wing batting first, then fabric right side up, with second fabric right side down on top. Pin in place. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 1 1/2” open for turning. Repeat with the tail and beak. You can leave the entire side that faces the bird open on the beak.
Clip corners. Turn and press, turning in the openings on the wing and tail. Topstitch near the edge on each piece. I added some extra rows on the tail to emphasize the shape.
For the body, layer the InsulBright, batting and fabric right side up. Lay the beak on top (right side down), 1 1/2” from the top edge and the point in. Add the tail on the opposite side, 5” from the top, also right side down.
Lay the remaining body piece on top, right side down. Stitch around the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Topstitch near the edge. Sew the button on where you’d like the eye to be.
Lay the wing on the body, then stitch the remaining button on through all layers as shown below.
By sewing the wing on this way, you can move it into whatever position works best when you’re using it.
Seeing him here, I’m having mixed feelings about that tiny tail. The good news is, if you are too you can adjust the size or shape to whatever you’d like!
One more down, and I think next month it’s time to focus on autumn!