Sew a Dove: Katie Bird Pillow Pattern Hack

Deborah here again from Fish Museum and Circus. I love finding a simple flexible pattern that I can make my own. Once again, enter the Katie Bird Pillow pattern from Gingercake!

katie bird pillow as dove sewing tutorial

You can see my Folk Art Embellished version of the Katie Bird Pillow on my previous post here. For that version, I enlarged the pattern 200% to make a pillow for the couch. Now, with the holidays approaching, it seemed to me that this pattern would make the perfect dove. For this version I reduced the pattern 50%. The finished doves measure 7 1/2" from beak to tail. With this smaller size and gift giving season upon us, an assembly line worked well. I made nine doves using a combination of plush, velveteen, felted wool and heavy woven cotton.

I followed the basic instructions, omitting the interfacing, and made the basic bodies without the wings or eyes:

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

After assembling the bodies, I embroidered the eyes and added wool felt beaks:

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

 For the wings, I used the pattern to cut the wings out of felt wool and felt. I attached them to the body with a button on each side:

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

Every dove needs an olive branch, of course. Here, I cut leaves and a stem from wool felt and sewed them to either side of the beak:

katie bird pillow pdf modern sewing pattern by gingercake

The Katie Bird Dove version is perfect for holiday gifts and decorations, or for any time of year. If you want to make a hanging ornament, just add a ribbon loop in the center back seam, or sew a loop on after assembly. You may also want to reduce the pattern even more than 50%. What can you do with the Katie Bird Pillow pattern? We can't wait to see!

holiday katie bird pillows sewing pattern

November 30, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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