Monday, 1 March 2010

Summer Swallows (Tutorial)

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End of February means end of winter - and that is one reason why I am always longing for my birthday the 28th. So all of us enjoyed the sunshine yesterday, the smell of melting snow and the twitter of the birds (still a bit shy).

And today the storm is wailing around the house, bringing lots of snow and falling branches. Winter. Still. Although it felt a bit like Spring yesterday...

So it is time for the
Summer Swallow Tutorial!
Pretty paper swallows for your window, for some birch branches or as a nice decoration for a little gift.One swallow doesn´t make a summer, they say. And a bit of sunlight and melting snow end of February doesn´t mean that Spring is around the corner, sigh.

So let us not only make one swallow but several! And then maye winter will get tired so that Spring will come and then summer...

You need:

Wallpaper samples in black and white (ask in a wallpaper store, they use to give away the old books with samples which are perfect for crafting)
alternative: newspapers, black or white paper, gift wrapping paper etc.Scissors, a ruler and a pen,
cutting knife and cutting mat,
sewing thread and needlesClothespegs and a gluestick
and fifteen minutes of your timeFirst download the Summer Swallow pattern here and print it:Transfer the pattern onto the wallpaper samples, cut out the silhouettes as shown in the pattern:
(The easiest way to transfer the pattern is to use some adhesive tape and stick it onto the paper you want to use)
Cut in the slots for the wings, using cutter and cutting mat:Glue together the parts of the head. You can use clothespegs as a little helper:Cut the edges of the head a bit if needed. Then pull the wings through the slots as shown:And pull through a sewing thread:

And remember: One swallow doesn´t make a summer. So do not make only one, make several swallows!

Hang them into some birch branches to spread a feeling of warmer days:Or hang them into your living room window
(I really like the white and black contrast and the way they move):For our Christmas Nightingales I had been using a modified pattern of the Summer Swallows and fabric instead of paper (I have sewn the two parts together then). Felt would be a great material, too, or any kind of metal foil to try the pattern with.

I wish you sunny days and happy crafting!


P.S. Thank you so very much for all the congratulations, gifts, letters, drawings and emails yesterday! It was a fantastic birthday and I enjoyed it very much reading all your lovely lines!Footnote: It should go without saying: this tutorial is under copyright protection and is for private use only. Thank you.
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Krabbelure said...

Gratulerer så masse med dagen en dag forsinket ! Nydelig innlegg både om deg selv og om dagens svaler! Våren kommer...hold ut...hold ut...!

woowoomama said...

this are wonderful. i think i may try to make a few out of the felt we have on hand for my children to enjoy looking at and playing with as we wait patiently for spring here in massachusetts!

i read your blog all the time and i think all your work is amazing i just tend to be more or a lurker :)


Schön sind die Schwalben geworden!

Ich habe gerade ca. 30 Vögel fertiggestellt - kunterbunt in allen Mustern und Farben, die kleinen Gäste werden sich hoffentlich freuen!

Hoffe Du hattest einen schönen Tag gestern, fühl Dich gedrückt,

Fröken Skicklig said...

Tack så mycket, Krabbelure! Jag, vi alla längtar till sommmaren...

Woowoomama - it would be great to see felt swallows! (and I too read blogs and although I know it is nice to receive a comment, time is often short - and then I don´t leave a little note. Thank you for taking the time today ;-)


P.S. Der Link zum Pattern funktioniert nicht...

Fröken Skicklig said...

Liebe Nina - Du hast ja den Schnitt für die Christmas Nightingales bekommen (nicht minder hübsch) - bin gespannt auf Bilder!

Fröken Skicklig said...

Danke, Nina. Nun funktioniert der Link (war auf privat gestellt, entschuldige)

Christina Skarø said...

Hey Juliane
Tak for din inspiration.. de er meget kære de fugle :-) Jeg har sat dig på min blogliste.. så kan jeg bedre følge med i dine nye indlæg.. kram fra C

karen said...

thanks a lot - it's very cute.

Karen said...

Til lykke med fødselsdagen i går. Jeg håber du havde en dejlig dag.


Marina said...

Søde Juliane. Masser af kærlige omend let forsinkede lykønskninger på dagen. Jeg ønsker dig alt det aller allerbedste for dit nye år.

For mig er du et menneske som ingen anden og jeg beundre alt hvad du gør. Tak fordi du bestandigt orker og tak fordi du gør det med så stor ynde og kærlighed.

softearthart said...

I will have a go at these, they look cool, cheers Marie

Zauberhaftes handgemacht said...

Liebe Juliane,

die Schwalben sind sehr schön - werde davon einige in bunten Farben für unseren Osterstrauch basteln.

Vielen Dank für die Idee

Ami und Auri said...

Eine zauberhafte Idee, ich hab mir den Schnitt gleich heruntergeladen und weiß nun, womit ich mich im Bett beschäftige ( und was ich mit der Tapete mache, die ich vor Langeweile von den Wänden kratze...:-))

Sylke said...

Kjempesøte svaler, takk skal du ha!

Gunn said...

Så fine fugler og så fint at du deler det med oss!
Har noe til deg på bloggen min.

Mona said...

Tusind tak for tutorial! Elsker svaler - og de elsker også vores hus, for de flyver ind i stuerne om foråret og vil bygge rede! - Jeg vil meget hellere have nogle hjemmelavede :)

Alexandra said...

Hallo Juliane.

Habe heute mit einer ganzen Schulklasse deine Schwalben gebastelt. 36 Zweitklässler- glücklich; 3 Fenster- verschönert.
Habe ihnen ein bißchen von dir erzählt (Puppenmama....

Danke für das Muster!!


Myantana said...

Hallo! Ich bin durch Zufall auf deine Seite gekommen! Du machts wirklich tolle Sachen! Besonders die Schwalben haben mir gefallen! Kannst du bitte das Schnittmuster nochmals einstellen oder mir anderweitig zukommen lassen? Der Link funktioniert bei mir leider nicht.
Vielen Dank! Anja