Nest for Birdie Pincushion

I have many new subscribers to my web site because they have found me! I have posted some of my favorite projects from this web site on to the Craftsy Projects page. Recently, my Birdie Pincushion projects has gotten a lot of attention and lovely comments from the Craftsy community. I also had several ask about the nest I photographed two Birdie Pincushions in and if there was a pattern for the nest as well.

I had already written up the directions for the Birdie Pincushion and as a last minute idea for the spring Quilt Market, came up with the idea for the nest so the birds could be (corralled) displayed at Market. I had not made instructions for the nest or even have it now to reference for a pattern. I did, however, come up with a simple nest today as well as quick instructions to follow if you want to make a nest with a one or two bird capacity.

Here is what you will need:

  • (2) 8" square pieces of printed cotton for one small nest or (2) 11" square pieces of printed cotton for a large nest
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Sewing machine


Use a compass to create a 7" round circle for small nest or a 10" round circle for large nest onto the wrong side of one of the pieces of printed cotton fabric.

Pin squares, right sides together and sew on circle line. Leave an opening for turning and stuff by back stitching beginning and ending stitches to secure.

Trim square material down 1/4" away from sewn circle line. Clip curve all around edges. Turn through opening and stuff with Polyfil stuffing. Place the stuffing a bit thicker near the outside edges and thinner in the middle. Hand sew opening closed, turning under 1/4" seam allowance.

Using your compass or an object like a glass or jar lid, draw a circle in the center as a guide to sew a running stitch with embroidery floss. Take running stitches to pull center circle down to create a well in the nest. As you go around the circle, divide the nest into 5 segments by looping the embroidery floss from center, around the outside edge and back up through the center, making a spoke effect.

I used the brown Tall Grass print from my Blue Skies collection to make my nest.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind readers to be considerate to my designs as well as other designs they have purchased or gotten free on-line. The projects I provide for you on my web site as well as the Craftsy web site are for personal use only. Myself as well as other designers put a lot of time and effort into developing ideas, writing instructions, photographing, editing and promoting their designs. We love for you to make the projects for yourself, your family and friends, but we don't love you using our projects for craft shows, fundraisers or other money making endeavors. Please be sure to be mindful of the creative efforts and copyright laws of designers and projects as well as all intellectual property found on the internet, books and other resources.

I have received so much joy from all the wonderful comments about the Birdie Pincushion and my other projects, I look forward to being able to provide you with more free projects in the years to come! Thanks you!