Spring has sprung! The trees are flowering, and the baby birds are bouncing around the yard looking for yummies! Just imagine the fun you can have with this little "FunScape" applique. Designed to fit a 6" x 6" block, it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Michelle REALLY enlarged this block and painted a mural in Pixie and Fairy's room. The pattern for the Bitty Birdie Applique Block can be found HERE. Enjoy :)
DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Use 6 strand embroidery floss.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut out felt using pattern as a guide. Note: On the pattern there is only an extra pattern piece for the beak since part of the beak is obscured by the body. The rest of the pieces can be cut from the Funscape.
Using a blanket stitch on the top and a running stitch along the 2 sides and bottom, sew grass to block using 3 strands.
Using a blanket stitch, sew cloud to block using 3 strands.
Using a running stitch, sew trunk to block using 2 strands.
Position bird on block. Using a running stitch, sew beak to block using 2 strands. The beak should be behind the bird.
Using a blanket stitch, sew bird to block using 3 strands.
Using a stem stitch, embroider tree branches using 6 strands.
For each bud, position an outer circle at the end of each branch, overlapping the branch by 1/2". Place an inner circle on top of the outer circle. Using a straight stitch, sew the buds to the block using 6 strands. The stitching should just overlap the inner circle. Make 5 straight stitches. These stitches do not need to be evenly spaced. They should be slightly askew. Refer to photo.
Add the 2 flowers to the block in the manner described above using 6 strands.
Using a stem stitch, embroider flower stems and leaves using 6 strands.
Using a stem stitch, add wing to bird using 6 strands white and add legs using 6 strands.
French knot eye using 6 strands.
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