Homemade Fabric Birdhouses

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Homemade Fabric Birdhouses

These Birdhouses look great and they cost very little to make. You don’t need much fabric and you can personalize them by making them with an old patterned dress or shirt. I love to upcycle with old jeans, so I even made one of my birdhouses in mainly denim with bit of Scandinavian fabric. As these fabric birdhouses looked so cute and were really easy to make, I got a bit addicted to making them. I made six in total. Displayed together in a clustered, they look really good.
 
Use up your fabric scraps to make some gorgeous fabric birdhouses.  Free pattern and templates included.
 
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What You Need to Make Fabric Birdhouses

 What you need to make fabric bird houses
 
1. Stiff cardboard (I use old amazon packaging)
2. Fabrics – preferably more than one pattern
3. Wadding, you are best using a thin one.
4. Glue gun or Fabric Mod Podge glue
5. Crewel Wool or embroidery thread
6. Embroidery needle
7. Scissors or rotary cutter
8. Twig for perch
 
 

How to make the Fabric Birdhouses

 
1. Cut out the cardboard into 7 pieces according to the template. (Fabric Birdhouse template pdf download). You can make the birdhouse the same size as the template or change to a size your prefer. As you can see we have made the Birdhouses in various different sizes.
 
2. Using the above template cut wadding, for the front, back, and sides of the Birdhouse only. With glue stick this wadding to the appropriate bits of card.
 
3. Using a shot glass or large coin, draw a circle on the front of the birdhouse. Cut out this circle to make the entrance. Directly below this circular entrance pierce the wadding and cardboard to make way for a perch.
 
4. Cut out a fabric piece for each of your 7 pieces of cardboard. Use the template as your guide but allow at least a 1cm boarder for each piece of fabric. You will need 2 bits of fabric for the roof as the underside will be visible. I tend to use 3 different fabric patterns for my birdhouses, one for the front and back, one for the sides and one for the roof. It is not so important what you use for the top or bottom as this is not really on show.
 
5. You should now have 8 cut pieces of fabric. Glue these to the appropriate pieces of card, by wrapping round the card and gluing the overlap on the back of the card. You can either tuck your corners in or cut them. Glue the top fabric of the roof before gluing the underside piece and tuck the underside under and glue round the edge rather than wrapping round the card. You may need to pin your fabric as it dries.
 
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6. With the front of the birdhouse, cut the fabric so that it can be tucked into the circular entrance. Blanket stitch round this hole. Pierce the fabric where you made a hole for the perch and stick your twig in it.
 
7. Now you can put your birdhouse together. First hand stitch the front and back to the sides with the crewel wool. A basic stitch that will join the pieces together is all that’s needed. You can either loosely stitch in the top and bottom of the birdhouses or glue them in.
 
8. Bend the roof piece to create a pitch roof. Attach the roof to the top of the Birdhouse with glue, secure with pins whilst the glue dries.
 
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Your birdhouse is now ready all you need is a little fabric bird to clip to it. You can also decorate your house further by adding a pom-pom trim. I have made them in variety of sizes and even plan to make a tiny one later on in the year to hang on the Christmas tree.
 
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These fabric birdhouses also make a really nice homemade present. I have had several requests to make them for family and friends. They are really easy to personalize, by making them in fabrics that you know will reflect the decor and taste of the person you’re making them for.
 
 

93 Responses

  1. I love these! Thank you very much for the tutorial….

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks

  2. I love these…they are so sweet. Great fabric choices!!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, they are really easy and fun to do.

  3. Oh these are cute. I have some cardboard and fabric that would work. I might just give them a whirl!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks you should they don’t take long and look great.

  4. Oh my goodness! These birdhouses are adorable ;o) I would like to share them with my readers and reblog just one image and a link back here with your permission. Please let me know if I may do that. I’m definitely going to make a few of these with my girls this weekend. Great idea and it is so fun to find things that we can do together. Thanks so much for sharing. We have a blog hop going on today that you might want to join. It is the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner. You can link up from my blog if you want: http://www.mamaslittletreasures.com Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

    • Claire Armstrong

      Glad you like them yes of course you can share them if you link back to my blog. They are fun to make and really easy, and quite addictive as they look so cute in a variety of sizes. Thanks hope you enjoy making them.

      • Thank you so much! I will post today and share your birdhouses on my blog and link back here. I appreciate your generosity ;o) Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  5. Way too cute and so decorative! What a great idea. Thank you for linking up with Thursday favorite Things and I hope you have a glorious day!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks glad you like them

  6. These are so cute! I can think of many places one would look just adorable. Visiting from Home Matters.
    Susan- eclecticshorebird@blogspot.com

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks for visiting

  7. Extreme Cuteness! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks will do

  8. I absolutely love these! Great way to recycle boxes and use fabric scraps. Hope you can join us on the Merry Monday party this Sunday at 6pm PST.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks and thanks for the invite

  9. Very cute and totally unique!

  10. Oh, goodness! These are so cute. Thanks for showing us how to make them.

    By the way, I’d love to have you post on my new blog hop—The Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It starts on Thursday evenings and last through the weekend, if you’re interested.

    Jennifer

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks and thank you for the invite

  11. These are just delightful! I bet you do have requests for them! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you

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  14. Wow! How cute is this. Pinning and sharing, too. ♥

  15. These are absolutely adorable. Have to make one. Sharing

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you to you both.

  16. Seriously one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a really long time!

  17. Hello Claire, Thank you for linking up to the Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. I featured you on my FB page, as well as linking to your blog. I can’t wait to see more from your creative hands. LOVE your site; Appreciate that you share with all of us! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  18. Awesome tutorial, Claire! Your fabric birdhouses are adorable! Thank you for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Pinning for sure!!!

  19. Claire Armstrong

    Thank you all for pinning and sharing.

  20. Adorable and really easy. Thanks for linking up with Wonderful Wednesday

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  23. Love your birdhouses, they are so pretty.

  24. love love love! Would look adorable hanging in a corner of a child’s room too! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! You will definately be getting featured next week!

  25. OMG – I’m head over heels in love with these. Question – when you sew the pieces together, do you pierce the fabric AND cardboard or just the fabric?
    Thank you SO much… 🙂

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, I just pierce the fabric as they are padded this should be easy enough to do.

      • thank you so much – the details, you know… 🙂

  26. Oh wow I love these, so cute! I found you via Craft Schooling Sunday – I’m a fellow fabric-upcycler, nice to meet you 🙂 x

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, yes I love projects that use scraps of fabrics as I have quite a stash.

  27. Your little houses are lovely! They make you smile 🙂

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you, they are kind of cute.

  28. Oh my goodness! These birdhouses are beyond cute! I love the different fabrics you used. I’m pinning these!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you

  29. These are adorable! I love all the cheery fabrics you used.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you I have a big fabric stash to choose from fortunately.

  30. These are so cute! I hope you don’t use them for actual birds!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks. No just for decoration and I use those lovely clip on birds you can get some of which look really good. The real birds getting the boring wooden one outside.

  31. These are adorable!! I’ve got a post on Craft Gossip that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=83884 –Anne

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! I have seen it will be checking out the other stuff on craft gossip.

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  33. These are wonderful! Will definitely be making some. Thanks for the tutorial.xxxxx

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you, and I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.

  34. These are absolutely adorable! I hope you wont mind me scheduling your link to share on our social media 😀

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks feel free to share the link

  35. Super cute!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Cheers thank you !

  36. Love these little birdhouses. What are the true measurements–can’t print to size and would like to make some for my birdhouse fanatic friends. Thanks and keep up the cute works.
    PS: please respond by using my email address- as I don’t always check other sites. Thank you again.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks I have sent you an email with the measurements on the template.

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  39. love these birdhouses so cute pinning and sharing thanks again

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! Glad you liked them.

  40. Kay

    Very unique idea.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Cheers and thank you !

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  42. These are just so darn cute! Great tutorial.

  43. Hi Claire, I’ve never seen fabric birdhouses before! Very clever and creative! Well done! Blessings, Janet

  44. What a cute idea for a decoration! Thanks for sharing. I love finding new craft ideas. 🙂

  45. Oh my! These are so cute and colorful. Thanks for sharing at the family joy link party.

  46. Your bird houses are so sweet. How clever you are. Such a joy to see these pretty creations and we are so happy you shared them at DI&DI.

  47. What fun and cute idea!

  48. These are super cute bird houses.

  49. The birdhouses are so adorable and you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  50. These are absolutely adorable! The shape of the birdhouses and the fabric you chose give the perfect whimsical flair! Pinning.

    Thanks so much for taking part in Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 🙂

    • Cheers and thank you ! I’m actually making some more at the moment but this time I’m going for a more tropical theme.

  51. Dear Claire:
    These darling creations are very fun! You have a nice design flaire and love the primary colors! Very cute!

  52. Absolutely adorable and I have lots of fabric remnants that I could use. You are very creative and thanks for sharing this at Celebrate Your Story!

  53. Absolutely adorable! Pinning your post for future crafting. I used to have a birdhouse collection and may now start of new one of these!

    • Thank you ! That sounds like an idea, they do make a great gift as well.

  54. Oh my goodness, how cute are these?! I love them!

  55. These are lovely! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I’d love to give it a try.
    Amalia
    xo

  56. These are so cute! Perfect for spring & summer decorating 🙂

    • Thank you ! They do look lovely especially when you have a few displayed together in different fabrics.

  57. Love your birdhouses Claire! They are so adorable. That pom pom trim is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing them at Vintage Charm.

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