This year I came up with a fun way to make a Decorative Fabric Bird Cage. And to know me is to know if I can cover something with fabric…I’m gonna.:)
Here’s the materials you need…
Oh and a glue gun! You need a glue gun too. 🙂
BTW…I actually do have larger bottles of fabric glue. I just like using the small ones for some reason.
Next…pick out some pretty, Fall colored fabric and you’re all set to get started.
Cover your hoops with fabric:
1. Cut your fabric into several 1 inch long strips. I did this by folding over the 2 yards of fabric several times.
2. Separate both your embroidery hoops and wrap the fabric strips around both outer hoops but only one inner hoop. Leave the other one unwrapped. Wrap your ribbon spool too.
3. Now your hoops are wrapped (ignore the extra one shot in my photographic haste).
4. Now take another coordinating fabric and place a square of it over the unwrapped inner hoop and put the one covered outer hoop over the top and tighten it.
6. You need your1 inch wide strips of fabric, 10 yds of floral wire cut in 2 ft lengths, and fabric glue.
7. Lay your wire in the middle of the strip and line a section of the top of the strip with fabric glue.
8. Pinch it closed as you work your way down the whole length of wire. I did this with 8 lengths of wire but you can do more. This is probably your only time consuming part. Trim any frays and excess fabric along the length to clean them up.
10. It should like this at the top when you are done with the real thing.
Do the same thing with your second hoop ensuring it looks even in between them.
12.Stretch your wires as straight as you can to form the body of the cage. Hot glue them to the outside of your embroidery hoop at the bottom (the one with the coordinating fabric on it).
Then I made a little stuffed crow (though when I stared at it too long it started looking like a seal with a beak). I sewed him together with a quick blanket stitch and sewed two eyes with orange embroidery floss.
But you really could just buy a crow from the craft store, name him something cute like “Cornelius,” show him his new home, and call it a day.
Hope you like my little fabric birdcage and are inspired to make one yourself. There are so many variations to make this…use wood dowels for the body to make it more realistic…spray paint it a fun color…I adore all the possibilities! And a great idea for different seasons too!
wow jessica! who knew you could make a birdhouse out of fabric… that is awesome!
thank you so much for being our guest today!!
we discovered jessica just a few months ago and have fallen in love with her style. she is just one creative chic and we look forward to each and everything she shares! you’ll want to go take a look over at her super cute blog two Shades of Pink!!
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