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Beach Hut Birdhouse
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Project Details
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time Required: 4 Hour(s)
Finished Size: 4 x 7 inches
Materials
  • Fat Quarter of 100% cotton striped fabric for the walls
  • 9” x 6” scrap 100% cotton fabric for the roof
  • 2 ½” x 3 ½” 100% cotton fabric for the door
  • 5” x 5” scrap of 100% cotton fabric for the floor
  • ½ yard of Pellon Craft Fuse 809® interfacing
  • 2 ½” x 3 ½” rectangle of Heat N Bond Lite®
  • 1 Bamboo Skewer cut to 4 ½” length
  • 3 ½ yards of fusible water soluble stabilizer such as Wet N Gone®
  • 1 package Wooden Mini Spools by Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby item 641357)
  • 1 package My Garden Friends small feathered birds (Hobby Lobby item 337279)
  • Aleen’s Tacky Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing® or Spray Starch
  • An Awl

Designs used in this project

Final Product: What You Will Create

Preface:
This birdhouse takes less time to sew than the previous birdhouses as much of the free standing lace has been omitted from the components. Free standing lace borders, buttons and loops are added to the fabric components for easy assembly. It only takes 2 ½ hours to sew all of the components and about an hour to assemble the project. Drying time has been omitted from the computation of time as it will depend upon the humidity levels of your location. You will want to allow the pieces to dry completely before assembly.

The actual colors you use to stitch out this project may vary widely from the colors in the color charts depending upon your fabric choices. Ample color changes are provided so that the door can coordinate with the life preserver or not. The detail on the roof can match the borders or not. So in these instructions watch for information on what stitches are sewn with each color rather than what the colors should be. Do use polyester thread for this project especially in the borders, buttons and loops. Use a 60 weight bobbin thread in a color that matches the borders, loops and buttons.


Step 1:
Cut 4 each 8” x 5” rectangles of the striped fabric and Pellon Craft Fuse 809® for the walls.
Cut 1 each 5” x 5” square of the floor fabric and Pellon Craft Fuse 809®.
Cut 2 each 6” x 4 ½” rectangles from the roof fabric and Pellon Craft Fuse 809®.
Cut 1 each 2 ½” x 3 ½” of door fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®.
Cut 1 Bamboo Skewer to 4 ½” length and sand both ends.
Press each fabric 4 times with Magic Sizing®.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions fuse all backing materials to the corresponding fabrics.

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Step 2:
Hoop two layers of fusible water soluble stabilizer. Tip: This project is being sewn on a machine which will allow you to insert the hoop into the machine from either side. To avoid returning the hoop in the wrong direction after trimming fabrics place a little embroidery tape on one side of the hoop. When returning the hoop to the machine always insert the side with the embroidery tape towards the machine.

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Step 3:
Select threads to coordinate with the materials that you have chosen for this project. Do use polyester threads for this project and do use a 60 weight bobbin to match the color in which you will stitch your borders.

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Step 4:
Load design BHBH01 into your machine. A multi needle machine is being used to stitch this sample so the design has been rotated 90 degrees to the left, if you are using a standard machine you do not have to rotate the design. Run color stop (CS) 1 as a placement line in a color to match your borders. A colored thread was used in this picture just so you can see it, normally I would have used white thread.

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Step 5:
Spray adhesive on a striped fabric rectangle and place over the outlines; run CS 2 in the same thread to match your fabric as your tack down line.

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Step 6:
Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; trim the excess fabric from around the birdhouse front and from inside the circle for the life preserver. Do not cut out the stabilizer from inside the circle, just the fabric.

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Step 7:
Run CS 3 in the color of your choice to channel quilt the front of the birdhouse.

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Step 8:
Run CS 4 in a color to coordinate with your door fabric as a placement line for the door.

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Step 9:
Remove the paper backing from the Heat N Bond Lite® on the door fabric; spray adhesive on the back and place over the placement lines; run CS 5 in the same thread to tack down the door.

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Step 10:
Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; trim the excess fabric from around the door and inside the window right up next to the tack down lines; leave the wall fabric behind the door window. Press the door with an applique iron to fuse the door to the wall.

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Step 11:
Run CS 6 in the same color to border and detail the door.

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Step 12:
Run CS 7 for the colored sections of the life preserver. This one is stitched in the same color as the door, but is a color change where you can change to colors as desired. The life preserver does not have to match the door.

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Step 13:
Run CS 8 in white to complete the life preserver; CS 9 in Grizzly Bear for the darker braces on the shelf; CS 10 in Dark Champagne to complete the shelf; CS 11 in Super White to stitch the borders, buttons and loops.

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Step 14:
Trim the excess stabilizer from around the birdhouse front and hold under running hot water just long enough to wash away the stabilizer from the borders and holes; place the birdhouse front on a loop free dish towel to dry.

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Step 15:
Load design BHBH02 into your machine to make the birdhouse back. Repeat the color stops as outlined in Steps 4 through 7 to place, tack down, trim and quilt the birdhouse back.

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Step 16:
Run CS 4 in Saffron to stitch the anchor; Run CS 5 in Dark Champagne to stitch the straps holding up the anchor; Run CS 6 in Grizzly Bear to stitch braces for the shelf; Run CS 7 in Dark Champagne to complete the shelf and CS 8 in Super White to stitch the borders, buttons and loops to complete the back. Trim away the water soluble stabilizer and hold under running hot water to remove the stabilizer and place on the loop free dish towel to dry.

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Step 17:
Load design BHBH03 into your machine; Repeat the color stops as outlined in Steps 4 through 7 to place, tack down, trim and quilt the birdhouse side.

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Step 18:
Run CS 4 in Saffron or a color of your choice for the top of the bathing trunks; CS 5 in Tiger or a color of your choice for the bottom of the swimming trunks; CS 6 in Grizzly bear for the suspended rope and CS 7 in Dark Champagne for the clothes pins (not pictured); Run CS 8 in Super White for the borders, loops and buttons to complete this side.

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Step 19:
Load design BHBH04 for the second side of the birdhouse. Repeat the color stops as outlined in Steps 4 through 7 to place, tack down, trim and quilt the birdhouse back. Super White thread may be used for all of the CS in this design unless you wish to change the color of the quilting in CS 3 for the color for the borders, button and loops in CS 4. Trim, rinse and place on the dish towel to dry.

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Step 20:
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Load design BHBH05 to make the floor. All three CSs can be sewn in Grizzly Bear or your desired color to place, trim and border this design. Trim, rinse and place on the loop free dish towel to dry.


Step 21:
Load design BHBH06 to make the roof sections. Repeat Steps 4 through 7, which may all be sewn in white unless you want to change CS 3 to a different color to stitch the detail stitching on the roof, CS 4 will border and sew the buttons on the first section of the roof. CS 5 is the placement line for the second section of the roof, repeat the colors you used for the first 4 CSs to stitch out a corresponding roof section.

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Step 22:
Leave all of the pieces on the dish towel until they are completely dry. You actually have time to sew out a second house while you are waiting for these to dry.

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Step 23:
Lay out the items you will need to assemble the birdhouse; an awl, the skewer trimmed to 4 ½”, the birds, small scissors to trim tie in and tie off threads from the completed components and the Mini wooden spools that I failed to capture in this picture.

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Step 24:
If any of your dried pieces have curled in the drying process, place a pressing cloth over them and iron to get them to lay flat. Insert the awl through the eyelets in the front, back, floor and roof pieces to open them up. The eyelet for the perch in the front of the house and the floor should be opened from the front side of the embroidery. The eyelet on the back of the house and the roof sections should be opened from the back side of the pieces.

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Step 25:
I assemble all of the pieces with an awl. You may use crochet hooks, hemostats or whatever items will help you insert the buttons through the loops. To me the easiest is to lay the corresponding pieces face down on a cutting mat, lay the buttons over the top of the loops and with the tip of the awl force the button through the loop while lifting the piece with the loops up with the right hand. These buttons and loops must be tight to make them hold the project together after assembly. You can insert the awl into a loop and stretch it lightly if necessary before putting the button through it. The same thing holds true with the eyelets, stretch them once or twice with the awl if you have any trouble getting the buttons through them. Attach one side of the house to the front of the house.

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Step 26:
To attach the back to the side of the house turn all the pieces so the tops are facing you in order to be able to place the buttons over the tops of the loops on the back of the house. Attach the second side to the back of the house.

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Step 27:
To join all four sides, fold the house into square and work from the inside of the house to push the buttons through the loops on the final side.

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Step 28:
Push the skewer through the eyelet in the front of the house and out through the eyelet in the back of the house. The skewer should protrude about ¼” from the back of the house and extend about 1 ¼” from the front of the house.

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Step 29:
Lay a roof section on your work surface with the loops or buttons towards the top of the house; insert the buttons on the top of the house through the eyelets in the roof.

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Step 30:
Picture with one roof section attached; now attach the other roof section in a like manner.

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Step 31:
Lay the loops of the roof section on the work surface and push the buttons on the second roof section through the loops.

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Step 32:
Place the house on top of the floor and push the buttons through the eyelets in the floor.

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Step 33:
Apply tacky glue to 4 of the mini wooden spools which will be our pylons.

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Step 34:
Stick the pylons to the underside of the floor at the corners of where the house sits on the floor.

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Step 35:
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Remove the wires from the undersides of the birds; glue one to the perch and one to the roof. Congratulations your Beach Hut Birdhouse is complete!


Step 36:
A picture to show you how well it fits in with our other birdhouse projects. Enjoy!

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For the love of embroidery…
Pat Williams


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Meet The Author: Pat Williams
Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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