Knitting a Felted Bird Shelter

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Things You'll Need

  • Worsted weight wool yarn, 1 skein
  • Size 8 circular knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Clothes washer
  • Clothes dryer

When you have a lot of birds in your yard, you may want to hang up a birdhouse so that the birds can have a safe shelter to build a nest in. Although you can hang a wooden bird house onto a tree, wooden bird houses are not suited for certain small songbirds, including swallows. One solution is to hang a nesting pocket birdhouse, which is softer and round in shape. You can knit your own nesting pocket birdhouse using basic craft supplies.

Cast 30 stitches of worsted weight wool yarn onto size 8 circular knitting needles. Select any color of wool yarn that you prefer.

Knit around the circular needles until you have knitted a tube that measures 12 inches long.

Cast off all but 10 of the stitches, then cut off the yarn from the knitting needles leaving a yarn tail that is 6 inches long.

Thread the yarn tail onto a yarn needle, then insert the needle through the remaining stitches. Remove the stitches from the knitting needles.

Cinch the stitches together, leaving a hole that is 3 inches wide. Knot the yarn onto a neighboring stitch, then cut off the excess yarn using scissors.

Place the opening of the knitted tube flat, and sew the doubled edge together using a needle and cotton thread. Cut off the excess thread using scissors.

Wash the knitted bird shelter in a clothes washer using hot water, then dry the shelter in a clothes dryer in high heat. This will felt the wool yarn together to create a firm, structured bird shelter.


  • Use multicolored yarn to create a more artistic-looking birdhouse.


  • Keep sharp scissors away from children.