Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bird Watching Anyone?

Well it all started with an episode of Project Runway.  (doesn't everything start that way?)
Zane saw us watching the Project Runway episode where they were making designs based on birds.  He instantly looked at me and told me he wanted to dress up like a bird.  So I asked him what kind of bird and he began to tell me more...a black bird he says.  So my wheels began to turn. 

I then figured if he was a bird then that would be perfect because i could make Liam a bird too...but what kind?  A sweet little fluffy baby bird or an owl?  Well the owl was just too cute not to do.
And momma and daddy...well we had to dress as bird watchers;)

So here is how I did it...

For the Raven costume I just started with a black hoodie, a craft mask, some felt, some black fringe trim and a couple bags of black feathers. 

I started by sewing the feathers to the trim
Then I sewed the trim down the arms of the hoodie.

Then I covered the front of the mask with black felt (over the eye holes and all) and secured it with hot glue.   Next I took a scrap of cardstock and make an extended beak and covered it with felt (front and back) and hot glued it to the inside of the nose section of the mask.

Once the felt was all clued and the beak was attached I started hot gluing the feathers in rows to completely cover the mask.
Finally I cut the eyes out of the felt circles and layered them on top the eye area.  I stitched the yellow circle to make them look sewn but they are actually all glued together.
Then I hand stitched the mask to the top of the hoodie so it would sit on top of his head.  My son has an issue with putting a mask on his face so this was a perfect option for him.  Plus we wanna see those sweet kiddos faces in pics, right?

With the Raven costume done I moved on to the owl for Liam.
I started with strips of scrap fabric I had left over from the projects I did in his nursery, a plain white onesie, a white hat, some felt and a couple feathers.
I cut fabric "feathers" out of the fabric strips
then stitched them together in random patterns in groups of  5 or so.
I actually then hot glued the feather strips to the onesie to save time and effort but you could sew them on if you want a more permanent solution.
Then i worked on the eyes by doing the felt in the same manner that I did the raven's eyes.
But I tucked some spotted feathers under the round part of the eyes for the owl before I glued them down to make them more owl-like. Then I added the beak in felt and hand stitched in to the little hat.
Since he is a spitter, I made him a matching burp cloth with the scraps and a cute little owl iron on I found at Hob Lob;)
I just love how my little birds turned out;)

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