For the birds

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This is a re-post of a tutorial I did for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild blog last week — just in case you missed it!

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The snow is finally melting.  Spring is finally arriving.  Birds have come back and they’re everywhere and soon they will be nesting.  Making a nesting bag is a great little Eco-friendly project to use up all of your bits of thread and some tiny fabric scraps too which will help the birds.  You’ll be encouraging birds to build their nests in your yard and give you some great opportunities for birding.

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There are lots of things you can put in your nesting bag.  A few easy things for sewers/quilters are dryer lint (from washing your quilts and fabric), yarn, twine, and string, all of your bits of thread, and of course thin small strips of fabric.  You can also add things like hair, cotton balls, leaves and shredded paper.  If you add scraps of fabric, make sure that you cut them into very thin strips (like 1/8″ or so) and about no more than 6″ in length.
For your nesting bag, you can upcycle a used onion bag or orange bag.
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Simply tie a knot at one end.
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Grab a little helper.

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And fill up the bag.

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Tie a knot at the other end and put a piece of kitchen twine through the knot to hang it.

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Hang it near a bird feeder so the birds can find it!

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  1. Sandy
    April 2, 2013 at 7:54 AM (5 years ago)

    Such a great idea! I got a suet bird feeder at Wal-mart for around $2 and filled it with yarn scraps – the birds love it! I will add some dryer lint too, I always have lots of that 🙂


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