Mrs. Tufty & Egg Softies
Here's something to chirp about. These softies from the Kid Giddy collection make your home décor design skills look professional — even if you're just winging it.
Theme: Quilting & Patchwork
|Fat 1/8||Blue print||Cut (2) tops/backs of Bird|
|Fat 1/8||White with blue print||Cut (1) belly of Bird|
|Scraps||Blue print||Cut (6) Egg panels|
|1 package||Polyester fiberfill|
- Finished Size: 6 1/8" x 2" x 1 7/8"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- Fat 1/8 = approximately 9" x 22"
Piecing the Project:
- Lay desired fabrics (matching stretch direction Fig. 7), onto the Tufted Bird die and roll through the machine.
- With right sides of fabric facing, sew the back of the Bird, starting at the tail end all the way up over the tuft and down to the end of the beak, leaving a 1" opening on the center of the back for turning and stuffing. Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout, but use a slightly smaller seam allowance at the beak and on the eggs (see Fig. 1). Tip: To make the tufted bird into an ornament, sew a small loop in the back near the opening, 1" away from the tuft (star shows best placement).
- Lay the belly piece right side up and place the sewn back pieces right side down on top. Sew the right side from the beak tip, all the way down the side of the Bird to the tail (see Fig. 2).
- Flip the fabric pieces over and sew the other edge of the belly to the other side of the Bird, starting from the beak tip, all the way down the side of the Bird to the tail (see Fig. 3). Note: It is important that you sew from the beak down to the tail on both sides so that the Bird is not twisted from sewing down on one side of the belly and up the other.
- Sew the tip of the beak and tail closed (see Fig. 4).
- Clip all inward curves and notch all outward curves (as shown in Fig. 4 lower inset) on all edges of the Bird, top and bottom. Trim corners off the beak and tuft to reduce bulk.
- Turn the Bird right side out using turning tubes, starting at the beak and top of head and then from the tail out through the back.
- Stuff the Bird with desired stuffing and be sure the tuft at the top of the head and the beak are stuffed first. Only lightly stuff the tail. The tail should be relatively flat and not rounded.
- Sew the back closed with a ladder stitch and sew a few lines on the tail to flatten it out (see Fig. 5).
- Use embroidery floss knots for eyes or something else of your own choice.
- Make the Egg (steps shown in Fig. 6 sequentially) by sewing two Egg panels right sides together along one side. Begin in the center of the top, sew 1/4" seam allowance, and finish in the center of the bottom.
- Open the two pieces right side up and sew a third panel right side down to either side. Put this half aside.
- Repeat steps 11 and 12 to make the other half of the Egg.
- Open one half of the Egg right side up.
- Place the other half of the Egg right side down and sew one edge together.
- Sew the top and bottom of the opposite edge, leaving a space in the center open for turning and stuffing.
- Notch all the outward curves (as shown on the bird in Fig. 4 lower inset).
- Turn right side out, stuff the Egg and sew it closed with a ladder stitch.
- Figure 1
- Figure 2
- Figure 3
- Figure 4
- Figure 5
- Figure 6
- Figure 7