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Redwork Cardinal Birdhouse

Supplies List

  • Machine embroidery design
  • Embroidery machine 5x7 hoop
  • yard canvas fabric for sides of the birdhouse
  • yard contrasting canvas for roof and platform
  • Medium weight tearaway stabilizer
  • Permanent spray stabilizer
  • 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon (for hanger)
  • Embroidery thread
  • One cylinder cardboard container (I used 42 oz. oatmeal container)
  • One 7x7 inch piece of foam board
  • inch wooden dowel 5 inch length
  • Felt ‐ 6 x 6 inch square
  • One piece light weight cardboard (I used a side of a large cereal box)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Stick pins
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Iron
  • Other optional decorations (if desired)

Step 1: First measure the height of the container. Mine is 9 1/2 inches high. Step 2: Mark your white fabric for the height. Using a measuring tape, measure around the container. Mine is 16 inches. Add 2 inches to each dimension. So my final measurements are 11 inches x 18 inches. Draw a rectangle on your canvas for the sides of the birdhouse using these measurements. Cut out the rectangle.
Step 3: Using a fabric pen, measure and mark 1 inch inwards on all four sides. The inside rectangle is your embroidery area. Step 4: Mark the center of the canvas. This will be the area for the hole.
Step 5: I printed off paper templates so I would have an idea where I wanted my designs to go. Reserve a space for the hole. Step 6: I also printed out a design I wanted to go around the center hole. This is optional.
Step 7: Hoop the white canvas fabric with tearaway stabilizer. This is for the optional embroidery around the hole. If you are not doing this part, skip to Step 9. Step 8: Embroider only the outside ring, remove from hoop and remove stabilizer from the back.
Step 9: Hoop next for the pinecone design. I wanted my design to go just left and right under the hole. Embroider the design in the desired area. Remove from hoop and remove stabilizer from the back. Step 10: Repeat Step 9 on the other side of the hole.
Step 11: Lay out the paper template for the bird design. I wanted to be just left and a little above the hole. Step 12: Embroider the design and remove fabric from the hoop. Remove stabilizer from the back. Press flat with an iron.
Step 13: Find the center of the canister. Since mine is 9 inches high, my center mark is on the 4 mark. Using a marker, mark the center. Make marks inch ‐ 1 inch away from that center point. This will be the opening for the hole. Cut out the hole with scissors or an Xacto knife. Step 14: Lay the embroidered fabric right side down and upside down. Mark center point. This will be the guide line for the hole.
Step 15: Lay the container over the hole, centering the dot. Step 16: Remove the packaging from the cardboard.
Step 17: Using a tacky spray, spray all over the back side of the embroidered fabric. Step 18: Centering the cylinder over the hole, roll one side of the canvas towards the center. Continue rolling the container, making the two raw edges overlap.
Step 19: Using the hot glue gun, glue the overlapped edge down onto the other. Step 20: Glue the excess fabric to the bottom of the container.
Step 21: Glue the top excess fabric on the inside of the container. Step 22: Cut the hole as shown. Staring at the center dot working towards the cut hole.
Step 23: Glue behind the cut fabric and use your finger to smooth in place. One triangle at a time, being careful not to burn yourself. Step 24: Cut a piece of foam board or other sturdy cardboard 7 x 7 inch square.
Step 25: Cut one piece of felt inch less than the foam board (6 inch x 6 inch). Step 26: Cut one piece coordinating canvas for the bottom (9 inch x 9 inch)
Step 27: Glue the edges of the fabric to the foam board. It may be necessary to clip the bulky corners to get it to lay correctly. Step 28: Glue felt to cover the bottom.
Step 29: Cut a very small hole under the large hole for the wooden dowel. Put a dab of hot glue on the dowel and push it into the hole, leaving about 2 inches hang out. Step 30: Glue the bottom of the container to the top of the covered foam board.
Step 31: I used my 8 inch cake pan for drawing a circle for the top. I wanted the roof to be a little bigger than the 8 inches. I used my ruler and marked all the way around the circle. Using thin cardboard (like a cereal box side), cut out the circle. Step 32: Mark the center of the cut out cirle. Mark 3 inches from the outside mark. Draw a line connecting, making a triangle.
Step 33: Spray the circle and lay it onto a piece of cordinating canvas fabric, leaving 1 inch on all sides. Step 34: Cut out excess fabric all the way around the circle, 1 inch larger than the circle cutout.
Step 35: Cut slashes in the fabric toward the cardboard within 1/8 inch around the cardboard. It is not necessary to cut slashes in the traingle section. Step 36: Glue all fabric pieces to the cardboard.
Step 37: Cut one 12 inche piece of 3/8 inch gross grain ribbon and tie a knot in the two ends as shown. Step 38: Place the ribbon knot in the center of the circle and form the circle into a cone shape.
Step 39: Glue one section of the triangle edge onto the other in the shape that you want the cone. Step 40: Glue the top of the canister and place the roof on. Press into position. Finished!

 Fast and fun!



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