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Dancing Felt Crow

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Get your groove on with felt craft patterns. Create your own Dancing Felt Crow from Candace Jedrowicz and place it on your mantel or tabletop. Seed beads help your project stand out from a sea of other decorative projects. The more colorful the character, the better.

Dancing Felt Crow
 

Materials:

  • Pattern from Myrtle and Eunice
  • Felt – black and gold
  • Black thread
  • Sewing scissors
  • Polyester fiber stuffing
  • Beads – 2 black for the eyes
  • Narrow needle
  • Seed beads – optional
  • Wire for the feet – the size depends on the size bird you make

Instructions:

  1. Print out the pattern – enlarge if desired.
     
  2. Cut the felt pattern pieces.
     
  3. Begin sewing the two body pieces together just below where the face will be( as indicated on the pattern) and blanket stitch toward the tail (I demonstrate the blanket stitch in the video).
     
  4. Just below the tail (where indicated on the pattern), add the gusset between the body pieces sewing down one side and and then the other and leave the tail open.
     
  5. Stuff the body until the seams flatten out and the bird is plump.
     
  6. Sew the tail closed.
     
  7. Tack the wings and beak on with a few stitches.
     
  8. Add the eye beads and stitch in place.
     
  9. To add feet, cut as long a wire as you can and thread the wire though one seam and out the other side seam.
     
  10. Bend the wire down and make oblong loops for the talons – one toward the back and 2 or 3 toward the front.
     
  11. Trim off the excess wire.
     
  12. Add bead embroidery if desired – using a beading needle, pick up 6 beads at a time. Anchor them by pulling needle and thread through the fabric and come up behind the last three beads. Thread the needle through those 3 beads and pick up 6 more.  It’s like a back stitch with beads.

 

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Funky Felt Crow.

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