Groovy Bird Embroidered Pillow Tutorial

Oh, oh, oh ….. how outside of my comfort zone am I today?!!?? Embroidering on something other than my favourite vintage linen. Scary or what? Also …..
I have created a new “funky vintage” (as described by daughter) look for Bustle and Sew – hope you like it … I think it’s nice and clean and fresh looking for spring. (Like my living room after yesterday’s spring-cleaning blitz. I wonder if there is a prize for the sofa with the most quantity of dog hair discovered beneath it?) Moving swiftly on …..
I’ve been rummaging in my cupboard again. I love my cupboard, it’s sooo large and deep and holds so much stuff. In fact I have so much stuff in it I keep forgetting it’s there. I’m sure I can’t be alone in this! A couple of weeks ago I discovered a vintage embroidery transfer stuffed into an old brown envelope – yes – the groovy bird you see at the top of the post. There’s absolutely no information on the transfer about date or maker, but I would guess 1960s? It was crying out for a makeover so I decided to turn it into this groovy cushion (or pillow depending on where you live) and think it’s come out well.
I selected some Cath Kidston “Bubble Rose” fabric and matched the colours of the embroidery to those in the fabric. It’s a simple design, so this was quite easy and I only needed 4 colours. It’s really fresh and spring-like and I’m sure it will be a hit with the younger members of the family.

I’ve put together a free tutorial for you if you’d like to make this cushion (or pillow) cover. You can download it by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy sewing the groovy bird – I’d love to see any pictures – particularly if you use different colours or decide to use it on different items.


It's just lovely. Stepping out of your comfort zone definitely works!!



Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [28 Mar 03:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria


I love this look. Absolutely gorgeous! I think some would call it shabby chic.


A lovely way to use an old design. Very pretty indeed. Your blog looks gorgeous too your daughter is right! 🙂


Just to let you know that I hve finished my embroidered bag using the bird pattern that you gave away – and I fell in love with. It is not as good as yours but for a first attempt I am really pleased. Thank you so much for your kindness and inspiration. Please feel free to look at my finished bag!
Jille x


How very pretty and lovely! The colours are perfect for this time of year, too.


Thanks for the freebie…I have posted about it on my freebies blog if thats okay…Khris


I followed the link to your bird pillow pattern and it is not free. Did this change recently? It is a beautiful pillow!


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