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Little Birdie Advent Calendar

Posted by  ·  November 26, 2008  ·  Last Updated: November 26, 2008

This Advent calendar is a work in progress (I still have about 20 more birds to make YIKES). There is something about those branches in my entry, I hate to see them go. I thought the branches could stay for another holiday if they had some  birds swinging from them.

If you want to make some little birdies here is the template I used

Little Birdie Advent Calendar Template

Cut out the bird and trace around on two pieces of felt. This is your stitching line and not your cutting line, so use disappearing marking pen or  tracing pencil. I could also see these birds made from beautiful scrapbooking papers.

Cut out the embellishments. I have drawn on the template what I used but when making so many it is just easier to freehand some shapes. If I had not waited to the last minute and had more time these birds would be over the top with embroidered embellishments.

Stitch the shapes to the top piece of felt. I made an eye by embroidering a French knot (not shown in picture).   For the numbers I used little beads. You can sew them on the heart now, or string them on the holder later. I had hoped to find “number” brads. The numbers could also be embroidered.

Pin two pieces of felt together and stitch around the bird leaving an opening at the top (wider than what you want when finished because you will add your hanger in later). As you stitch around place the beak on top and catch it in your stitching. Don’t forget to add your eye and numbers like I did. It is much more difficult to add them later.

Cut around the bird. Slip a piece of ribbon, cord ,string or elastic gold thread in at each end of your opening and stitch back and forth at each end. You could do this in the previous step if it is easier.  It is easier and one less step but, I kept clipping off the hanger when I cut the bird out.

Fill with chocolates and let the holidays begin!

You might also be interested in these Advent Calendar Ideas:

Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Stocking Advent Calendar

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  6. Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    What a super idea and so cute. I think I'll give it a go for this year.
  7. Thursday, August 26th, 2010
    Love these little birds! I used your template and made birds for my son's first birthday! You can check out my post here: http://icopiedthat.blogspot.com/2010/08/bird-party-favors.html

    Thanks! Love your site!
  8. Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
    I So wish I could sew. These are absolutely adorable! I posted this link on my FaceBook page today!
  9. Friday, November 6th, 2009
    I linked to your picture and tutorial. Hope you don't mind
  10. Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
    Okay, that is the cutest thing EVER! LOVE it! Love the little hearts on the birdies. They would coordinate with Valentine's Day too!

    Corinna www.myscrapbooklife.com
  11. Thursday, December 4th, 2008
    So sweet! Will be making lots of little birds for packages this year!
  12. Thursday, December 4th, 2008
    These are so sweet. Thanks for the pattern.
  13. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
    Oh,,I Love any thing Birdish,,Thanks so much for posting this!!!
  14. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
    I TOTALLY LOVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FELT BIRDS! And what a clever idea for an advent calendar. Have you finished them yet????
  15. cakehawk
    Monday, December 1st, 2008
    these have to be the cutest things ever! Thanks for sharing
  16. Monday, December 1st, 2008
    What a great idea - I love them.
  17. Saturday, November 29th, 2008
    Super cute! I love them! What a great idea!!
  18. Saturday, November 29th, 2008
    Those are adorable - I've recently been bit by the craft bug and have truly been inspired by your blog. Thank you.
  19. Saturday, November 29th, 2008
    I love sewing with felt,These birds are absolutely adorable!
    hugs ginger
  20. Saturday, November 29th, 2008
    Thanks so much for this, what a great idea! I've been looking for something that I could put together in short order so the kiddos don't end up with another store-bought advent calendar.
  21. Jenny
    Friday, November 28th, 2008
    The birds are beautiful! I LOVE this idea for an advent calendar -- how does your mind think of these great ideas? Just darling, can't wait to see it when it is finished. FABULOUS!!
  22. Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    Love it! Can't wait to see it finished!
  23. Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    very cute! i'm about 20 days behind on finishing my advent calendar too!
  24. Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    boy are thay so ever cute
  25. Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    Thanks for this great tutorial! I loved the first 2 advent calendars, but this is now my favorite. There is so much that could be done w/ these birds!
  26. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
  27. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    gorgeous.... I heart these big time. well done.
  28. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Just darling! You are so clever!!
  29. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    They are very sweet, love the colours!
  30. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
  31. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    These look wonderful and I'm sure the branches will look great with all 24 birds :)
  32. tammi
    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Awww, this is too cute!! I think I may have to leave those christmas balls in the closet and make these birds for my ornaments!! Thanks for the pattern and idea!
  33. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    so so so cute.

    i am going to try this, and expand the pattern 200% or so.

    this is an adorable gift card holder (just like trishia said) and my best friend is obsessed with vintage birds!!!
  34. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    These are so cute! I wouldn't do 24 of them, but they would also make a lovely decoration! Thanks for sharing.
  35. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    oh my! they are too, too adorable. I could see these a tiny bit larger holding a gift card for a teacher, or another little trinket for small gifts. thanks for sharing!
  36. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute! This is one of the best ideas I've seen for an advent calendar, for sure! :)
  37. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Another cute one!! LOVE it!