Wednesday, 19 December 2012

CRAFT DIY - Robin Applique Scarf

This year I wanted to make something special for my Nana. She is a great lover of birds, nature and the countryside. She also loves to garden. I wanted to get her something she would really appreciate, but it also had a be budget friendly as I just don't have the funds for big gifts this year. I decided to hand decorate a scarf with a seasonal bird - a cute robin!!

I started off with a scarf from the pound shop (I know - I am cheap-o this year!), which is basically black fleece material that has been hemmed. I chose this because I knew the fleece would be super easy to stitch on.

I grabbed some felt and embroidery thread from my stash in appropriate robin colours - red, brown and white. I also had a sheet of black for stitching the robin on - and to hide my stitches on the final product!

Supplies needed:

  • 1 scarf
  • Paper pattern
  • Coloured felt
  • Coloured embroidery thread + needle
  • Scissors

Step 1: Make some paper patterns

Step 2: Draw round patterns onto felt in appropriate colours x2
Step 3: Lay out your cute felt pieces to check you are happy before you start sewing

Step 4: Stitch each piece onto a piece of black felt, make sure there is space to cut around the robin (about 1/2 cm). Use co-ordinating thread for each coloured felt piece. Don't forget to add a beak!

Step 5: Carefully trim around the black felt (you will need enough space to stitch this onto the scarf!)

Step 6: Stitch your robins onto the scarf! If you have time you could add leaves / berries - it would look so cute! Modeled by my lovely mum before I wrapped it up :)
p.s. she has already opened it and was very pleased! yay!


  1. Wow did you really make this? I could totally see this on Etsy! Very nice.

    Ali of :

    1. Thank you! I would love to have an etsy shop :)

  2. That's so cute! Cheapo or not, the best gifts are the ones that are full of love and thought :)

  3. this is so, so cute!! i think it's a great gift for your nana :)