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Yarr! Every pirate needs a parrot to complete the look >:D
My mum is going to a pirate themed halloween party this year so I decided to make her a parrot as part of her costume! He has safety pins on his feet so he can sit on a shoulder, hat or arm without falling off. I've never made any large felt designs before so I'm happy with how it came out :) I used this bird pattern http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/birdpattern1-1.pdf by Michael Fulkerson to get the body shape right, then modified it and embellished a lot!

Posted by Britta J. from Derby, England, United Kingdom • Published See Britta J.'s 66 projects »
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  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 1
    Step 1

    Print the bird pattern from the above link and trace onto paper. We need to modify the beak because the pattern is for a songbird at the moment. Enlarge it as shown to get a nice parrot beak shape. Follow the instructions on your printout to make the basic bird base. Leave the tail open for now.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 2
    Step 2

    Working on the bird's back, insert a long feather between the tail pieces of felt and a couple of small ones of the same colour. Now sew up the tail so that the feathers are held secure. position three or four more feathers of a new colour on top and sew them on, making sure they overlap the first row enough to hide the pointy ends. Do the same again so you have three lots of feathers.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now we need to hide this rough area where the feathers end. Go back to your paper pattern and trace the 'waist' area again. Redesign it as shown and trace onto felt. Cut out. Cut the top bit off as in the picture so you have two pieces of felt.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 4
    Step 4

    Embellish the big peice of felt with some embroidery to make it look like a feather. Backstitch a line down each outy bit and do a simple 'in the top, out the bottom' stitch around the outside to strengthen it against fraying. Pin into position on the back of your bird, covering the pointy ends of the feathers, and sew on.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here's a photo of that area showing the stitch detail and the overlap to cover the real feathers. (Ignore the red wings on the left, they don't exist yet!)

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 6
    Step 6

    Here's another photo of that area, showing the extra little felt bit above the main bit. (Ignore the wings!)

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now flip your bird over and do the same again on his tummy as in step 2. This time I only added two more rows of feathers, but it's up to you.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once again, this unsightly area must be covered! Go back to your original paper pattern and retrace the waist area. Redesign as shown and cut out in the tummy colour felt.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 9
    Step 9

    Again, embellish the felt with stitching and then sew into position to cover the pointy feather ends.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 10
    Step 10

    This photo shows the detail on the tummy felt piece which hides the ugly feather points.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 11
    Step 11

    Your parrot should now look something like this. However, notice he is looking sad? He would like a pair of wings please! Okeydokey, next step...

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 12
    Step 12

    The best way to design wings for your bird is to draw it out on paper, cut it out, hold it up against him, cut off what needs to go, and basically do it by eye. Here is what I came up with. The wing shape is made up of three main felt pieces which will go on in layers so it can be multicoloured. This diagram shows where they overlap. Also I added three little crescents of the middle colour to put on the first, for more feathery detail.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 13
    Step 13

    Embellish each piece as before and then sew the pieces together. The beauty of felt is that it is a thick fabric, so you can just skim the lower piece with the needle and not go straight through, meaning you don't have the ruin the look of your wings with different coloured threads showing up on the surface! See the little diagram for what I mean.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now you should have two wings like these! Pin them to the body of your bird to see what looks best. It took me several attempts to get them symmetrical, and I evetually decided on having the wing tips overlapping one another slightly. When you sew them on, you only need to sew from point A around to point B; the rest will be supported enough to hang loose, and it gives a little more life-like moveability to your parrot.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 15
    Step 15

    Here is how I positioned the wings.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now onto the beak; Go back to your original paper pattern and retrace the beak but with an allowance of about 2-3mm all around. Cut two of these out in black felt and sew together, leaving the end open. Turn inside out. Tada, you have made a 'beak sock'! Insert the beak of your parrot into this and sew into place.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 17
    Step 17

    To make the eyes, cut out a piece of paper like the shape shown. Hold it against your parrot, right up against the top of the beak, and adjust the size and shape until it looks right. Trace onto white felt and cut out. Make a couple of eyes from a small black bit of felt sewn onto a bigger yellow bit of felt, and sew these on to the white piece in the position shown. Use black thread to embellish this with lines like on a real parrot. At this stage I also added another feathery piece of felt to his neck, like a collar.

  • How to make a parrot plushie. Stuffed Parrot - Step 18
    Step 18

    Get your two safety pins and sew them onto his stomach, where his feet should be. Make sure you sew them on the right way, so that they can still be opened and pierce things. Cut two foot shapes from black felt and use these to cover the stitching and also to reinforce it, as these will hold the weight of the bird while it is attached to things. Tada! You're finally done :) it took ages but it's worth it for the result!

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Britta J.
Britta J. · Derby, England, GB · 67 projects
awesome! I'd love to see it if you can upload your version! I hope your son has a great day at school, I'm sure he will with what his wonderful crafty mum has done!
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Debbie T.
Debbie T.
This is GREAT!! My son has a dress up at school tomorrow and he wants to go as Captain Cook so I bought a few pirate bits and decided to google a parrot in a moment of inspiration!! This instruction is great and while mine is not quite as grand I put it together in about an hour and it looks pretty good (if I say so myself!)
So thank you.....
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Switzerland
Switzerland · 6 projects
Wow. That's amazing.
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MeggyMoo
MeggyMoo · Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England, GB · 1 project
this is one of the best parrot toys i hav ever seen.
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violetta
violetta · Temerin, Vojvodina, RS · 208 projects
Wery cute and a really great how to!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
he looks like a real one, awesome!
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Judith L.
Judith L. · Totnes, England, GB · 7 projects
Nice one! Looks quite realistic aswell.
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Dingske
Dingske · Belgium, Wisconsin, US · 2 projects
All I can say is WOW!
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Creativemind
Creativemind · Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US · 116 projects
I have gotta make one of these! Sooo cute.^_^
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
omgosh, cute
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