Just a few extra fabric scraps turn your merry wobbler into any crested bird you like: Brown Crested Flycatcher, Blue Jay and Tufted Titmouse among them. The Tufted Titmouse might need to be a sew-along – so darling.
PS – The wobbler pattern can also be used to make these french hens in nesting boxes.
I made a male and female cardinal pair. There are templates for the face cover and 3 crest pieces. These are especially made to fit the wobbler (there are templates for the songbird sewing pattern as well here).
More on how to make the crest in a minute – lets talk about the sew-along.
patchwork pouch mini sew-along (or, the four squares sew-along)
Either way. This is a perfect project to trick yourself into making something if you can’t quite find the spark…
The pouch is made from 4 squares plus a bottom. This mini sew-along is focused on just those 4 blocks that make the sides of the bag. In fact, please feel free to participate and not make the bag – just stitch a group of four small squares this month and see what happens. You could make them into something or not. Some of my squares will be pouches and some not. We’ll talk about some other ideas for your stitched blocks in a couple weeks.
This is really about what happens when you give yourself a small contained, entirely doable, assignment.
Gather some scraps and just spend a few minutes stitching every day – maybe plan to stitch your blocks for 10 minutes per day – you’ll be amazed how much gets done. So manageable.
get the patchwork pouch sewing pattern here
What’s a sew-along? Everybody works on the same project and shares progress photos if they feel like it.
You can share photos in the facebook sew-along group or in the stitch club community if you’re already a member (membership is closed at the moment but it will reopen by the end of the year – more about that soon). On instagram use #annwoodpattern and tag me please @annwood
Start 4 blocks this weekend and just focus on those squares. So easy. I have a couple groups of four started. This mini sew-along is all about ease – sink into some slow, meditative stitch.
adding a crest to the merry wobbler bird sewing pattern
1. Make your wobbler according to the sewing pattern except for the eyes. Cut out the face covering piece and 3 crest pieces. I used a darker red for crest one and crest 3 and the same red as the body for crest 2.
2. Place your face covering around the beak. Pin the center bottom point and then wrap one side over the top of the beak and pin that side.
3. Whip stitch that side in place.
4. Fold over the edge of the face covering just a tiny bit.
5. Pin it – overlapping the top corner of the other side.
6. Stitch the second side.
7. Stitch down the center.
8. Fold each of the three crest piece in half and trim about 1 inch from the tip with pinking shears.
9. Place the round edge over the edge of the face cover and pin in the center and at each side.
10. Pin on each side of the crest at the back.
11. Whip stitch around the edge. You could call it a day right here- you’ve got a crest – or add more layers – crest 2 and crest 3 – for more featheriness.
12. Pin crest 2 on in the same way (step 10 above) and stitch all the way around.
13. And finally the smallest- crest 3 – pin and stitch the edge.