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. I first made these fabric birdhouses with my friend Wendy, as they looked so cute and were really easy we got a bit addicted to making them, and made six. Displayed together in a clustered they look really good.
What You Need to Make Fabric Birdhouses
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 PVA 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 Bridhouses 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 then wrapping round the card. You may need to pin your fabric as it dries.
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.
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.
These fabric birdhouses also make a really nice homemade present. Both Wendy and 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 your making them for.