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Project

Birdcage Cover

Create a beautiful cover for your birdcage with this simple sewing project.

Introduction

This cover was designed for a cage with a distinctive pointed roof, but the how-to below can be used for any cage.

Resources: Fabric for cover: linen in Green, Gray Line Linen, 866-585-4636. Frog closures in Gold, Daytona Trimming, 212-354-1713. Metal tassel in Gold (TL 1083AG), Tinsel Trading, 212-730-1030.

Materials

  • Tape measure
  •  Kraft paper
  • Linen fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Disappearing ink fabric pen
  • Pins
  • Frog closures
  • Tassels

Steps

  1. Step 1

     1. Measure exterior dimensions of the cage. 

  2. Step 2

     2. On a large sheet of kraft paper, mark the shapes for your pattern. Add a 1-inch seam allowance at the bottom edges and 1/2 inch to the other sides. 

  3. Step 3

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     3. Use the pattern to cut out the side, back, and top shapes from linen fabric. Set aside. 

  4. Step 4

     4. For the front panel, cut vertically along center to make 2 pieces (to create the opening at the cage's front). Pin the front-left shape to the fabric, and with a ruler and a disappearing-ink fabric pen, add 1/2 inch along the center edge. Cut out. Pin the right-front shape to fabric, adding 1 1/2 inches along the center edge. Cut out. 

  5. Step 5

     5. Along the center edge of each front panel, fold under 1/4 inch. Fold under another 1/4 inch, and then press. Sew 1/8 inch from folded edge. 

  6. Step 6

     6. Overlap front panels at center by 1 inch. Pin them together, as shown below. 

  7. Step 7

     7. With a 1/2-inch seam allowance and right sides facing in, sew all of the panels together. Then sew binding to seams. 

  8. Step 8

     8. To hem, fold under 1/2 inch, then another 1/2 inch. Press. Pin in place, and stitch 1/8 inch from edge. Remove pins.  

  9. Step 9

    9. Sew on frog closures and metal tassels by hand.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007