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Birdcage Cover

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

Birdcage Cover

Photography: Laura Moss

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

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

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    1. Measure exterior dimensions of the cage.

     

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    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.

     

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

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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

     

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

     

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

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