Tufty Bird Family

size: varies


  • Print fabric, scraps
  • Selvage strips, 1/2”-3/4”, 20 yds.
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Fairfield Soft Touch Poly-fil Supreme Fiberfill


beg = beginning
ch = chain
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single chain
st = stitch
sts = stitches

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, paperclips


  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pinking shears
  • Turning tools
  • Crochet hook, size P (#11-1/2)


  • 1. Measure and cut 1/2” parallel slit into each fabric strip, 1” from ends. Insert top end of one strip into bottom slit on second strip. Take bottom of second slit and put end into top of second slit; pull through slit. Repeat with third strip and so on. Continue in this manner, connecting strips for 20 yds.
  • Create Bird Nest
  • 1. A) Create a slip knot.
  • 2. B) Chain 2.
  • 3. C) Round 1: work 8 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st in beg. of rnd. As each rnd is completed place a new marker (paperclip) at the end of that rnd.
  • 4. D) Round 2: work 2 sc in each st around - 16 sts.
  • 5. E) Round 3: * 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 24 sts.
  • 6. F) Round 4: sc through back loop of each st around - 24 sts.
  • 7. G) Round 5-6: sc in each st around.
  • 8. H) Fasten off and put your nest aside.
  • 2. Print out patterns. Position patterns on fabric and pin together. Cut out bird pieces.
  • 3. With right sides of fabric facing, sew back of bird starting at tail end up over tuft and down to end of beak, leaving 1” opening on center of back for turning and stuffing. (Use 1/4” seam allowance throughout and slightly smaller seam allowance at beak (and on hatchlings).
  • 4. Open body piece, with right sides facing, and position belly piece right side down. Sew belly piece, from beak tip down one whole side of bird, to tail.
  • 5. Flip fabric pieces over and sew other edge of belly to other side of bird, starting at beak down to tail.
  • 6. Sew tail closed. (Note: The only opening now should be center back on body.) Before turning inside out, clip edges or use pinking shears to trim curves.
  • 7. Position turning tube into back opening. Use turning stick to push bird through tube, starting at beak and top of head, moving down to tail out through back. (Note: Bird should be right side out and ready for stuffing.)
  • 8. Stuff bird with fiberfill stuffing. Stuff tuft on top of head and beak. Lightly stuff tail.
  • 9. Hand sew back opening closed. Stitch vertical lines on tail to create feather look, if desired.
  • 10. Hand sew eyes above beak.
  • Tip
  • 1. These Tufty Birds make great Christmas ornaments! Sew small loop in back near opening, 1-1/2” from tuft. (Don’t sew too low or it will pitch forward.) For smaller-size birds, place loop about 3/4” from tuft.

by Kerry Goulder

Pattern - Tufty Bird Family

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