Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fabric Covered Bird Cage {tutorial}

This week my little niece turned 4. I heard from her Grammy that she wanted a bird cage with a little bird in it. I looked around for birdcages but really couldn't find exactly what I was looking for so I decided to try and make one. {Apparently Lani thinks her auntie LeAnn can make anything so I couldn't disappoint.} I turned to the internet for inspiration and found a wonderful tutorial here. I altered it a little to fit what I had in mind. 

Ready for a super long tutorial???


You will need:
  • 2 sets of 12" embroidery hoops (you won't need the inside hoop of one of them)
  • 18 gage floral wire
  •  8 dowel rods, mine were 3/16" in diameter by 12" long
  • the cardboard ring from a spool of ribbon with the paper torn off
  • fabric glue
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon
  • pretty fabric
  • scissors
  • thread
  • wire cutters
  • little fabric birdie



 First I cut several strips of fabric about 1" thick.


I wrapped the outside (larger) rings of both embroidery hoops and the ring from my ribbon spool with my strips of fabric using hot glue to secure it at the ends of each strip.



Then, lay your fabric on top of one of the inside hoops (not wrapped with fabric). This will make the bottom of the cage.


Put the larger hoop over the fabric so that the inside ring fits snugly inside and pull the fabric on the edges so it's nice and smooth on top.


Trim off the excess fabric like this.


Then use your hot glue gun to glue it down.


Now to work on the bars of the cage. Using more strips I cut from my pink fabric I laid each dowel rod on top of the strip. I made sure there was about 3" of extra fabric on each end of the rod. Run a strip of fabric glue along the edge of the fabric.


I pushed the dowel rod onto the glue and began rolling it up in the fabric.


Then on the other end of the fabric run another strip of glue along the edge to roll the rod onto. Then smooth it out with your fingers.


Do that for all 8 rods.


Now your going to attach your rods to the base of the cage. I started by placing my rods at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions. Glue each one onto the back of the hoop with hot glue.


Then finish by gluing the rest rods spaced evenly in-between each of the other rods. I cut off the excess fabric at the end of the rods once they were glued down securely.


Flip it over. (This picture shows the other wrapped embroidery hoop on top.)


Next, I placed my other large embroidery hoop on top of the dowel rods. I did each rod separately placing the hoop so that is sits directly on top of each dowel rod. I glued the dowel rod to the side of the bottom embroidery hoop first and then to the inside of the top embroidery hoop. Make sure to pull the excess fabric on the top of your rod to the inside of the hoop.


So now you have this.


To make the top of the cage I cut more strips of pink fabric and covered eight pieces of floral wire by placing the wire in the middle of the fabric, folding it over and gluing it with fabric glue.



So there you have it. This would make a great addition to any little birdie themed birthday party or baby shower and would make a great gift for the mom to be! You could even put a little owl in the cage. In need of one? You can get him here. =)

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