Things You'll Need
- Pen or pencil
- Plain white paper
- Various colors of felt squares
- Hand sewing needle
- 1 package of craft eyes
- Fabric glue
- Cotton batting
- Pipe cleaners
- 1 package of Decorative feathers
Craft flamingos are popular decorative items these days. They are easy to make and you can individualize them with various colors and decorative feathers and trims. The following instructions are for a craft flamingo with a 3-by-2-inch body; you can adjust the measurements to make a larger or smaller flamingo. Make the pattern pieces for this craft first from paper so you can reuse the pattern many times to make a colorful collection of craft flamingos.
Make the Pattern and Prepare the Supplies
Draw an oval for the body of the flamingo on the plain white pattern paper that is 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. Mark this piece “body.”
Make another oval on the pattern paper for the head that is 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Mark this piece “head.”
Draw a triangle for the beak that is 1 inch across the base and 1 1/2 inch long at the sides. Mark this piece “beak.”
Draw by freehand a small wing shape for the side of the flamingo body. Mark this piece “side wing.”
Cut out all the pattern pieces.
Place the pattern pieces on the felt and trace around them with a pen. You will need two of each piece.
Cut the felt 1/4 inch outside the lines you traced for all the pieces except for the side wings. The tracing lines will serve as your sewing lines.
Place the two felt beak pieces together with the tracing lines facing outside. Pin them together.
Stitch along the two long sides of the beak, leaving the shorter end open.
Turn the beak right side out and roll the seam between your thumb and forefinger to flatten out the seams.
Stuff the inside of the beak with cotton batting.
Place the two head pieces together with the tracing lines facing outside. Pin them together.
Stitch along the lines leaving about 1/2 inch of one end of the oval open.
Turn the head right side out and roll the seam between your thumb and forefinger to flatten out the seams.
Place the eyes onto either side of the head and secure in place with a dab of glue. Hold in place with your fingers until the bonding sets.
Stuff the inside of the head with cotton batting.
Fit the closed end of the oval head piece into the open end of the beak. Tuck under the raw edge of the beak against the head and hand stitch it in place.
Place one pipe cleaner into the open end of the head and then stitch the opening closed.
Place the two body pieces together with the tracing lines facing outside. Pin them together.
Stitch along the lines leaving about 1/2 inch of one long edge of the oval open.
Turn the body right side out and roll the seam between your thumb and forefinger to flatten out the seams.
Insert the other end of the pipe cleaner in between stitches at one end of the oval body piece.
Place the side wings onto either side of the body and secure in place with a dab of glue in the center of the wing. Hold in place with your fingers until the bonding sets. Note that the open edge of the body piece is the under belly of the flamingo.
Stuff the inside of the body with cotton batting.
Fit the body into the open end of the head. Tuck under the raw edge of the head against the body and hand stitch it in place.
Stick two of the pipe cleaners into the open edge of the flamingo belly and tuck under the raw edge of the opening.
Hand stitch the underbelly closed.
Bend the ends of the pipe cleaners to make feet.
Trim a few of the decorative feathers to the size you want to decorate your flamingo’s head. Dab a small amount of glue to the end of the feathers and stick them in between the stitches on the top of the head.
Bend the neck pipe cleaner into a curving neck shape.
If you want to add more feathers to the body, first trim the feathers and then glue them into place before you stuff the body with the cotton batting.
You can also hand draw feet on the felt and then cut out these pieces and glue them to the tops of the pipe cleaners where you bent them to make feet.
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