The gleeful smile and laugh on my Angry Birds Aficionado grandson’s ice cream-smeared face while his arms are immersed into his Angry Birds collection is the perfect payment to me for the collection carrier I surprised him with. Some kids carry their blankie or stuffed animal with them everywhere they go, he carries his Angry Birds. They made the move from Hawaii to here firmly tucked on his lap during the plane ride. In his pillow pocket, I tucked an Angry Bird surprise packet for him to open.
He’s been using his Christmas stocking to hold his vast collection of birds which was not very efficient since he had to dump them out to look for his favorite piggy with icicles on his face. I knew it was time for me to come to the rescue and make a special holder. Knowing exactly what I wanted, but not wanting to spend the trial-and-error time developing my own pattern, I searched online for the perfect pattern. Eureka! Blissfulpatterns had the exact pattern I was looking for. Occasionally, I do like to support designers and buy pdf patterns online. This is an easy 1/2 – 1 hour start-to-finish project.
- Blue twill fabric for the lining (I’ve had this fabric since my kids were little)
- Angry Birds fabric by David Textile (ordered online)
- Iron-on Pellon (lighter weight)
- Bias tape
Extra sewing notes:
- I scaled the pattern to 66% before I printed since he’s three and the basket needed to be more “carrier friendly”.
- The stronger twill was used as the lining since there will be a lot of digging inside the basket and the birds and piggies would be causing more friction there.
- The pellon was ironed onto the lining to make it nice and firm.
- To make the basket more colorful, I chose a bias tape with a bolder color instead of matching it to the blue lining.
- The bias tape was zigzagged on to make it more durable.
I have a nice collection of knitting fabrics. The pattern does have directions for making an optional pocket on the outside. Guess what one of my next projects will be?