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by Teje Karjalainen

Patchwork Bird – Tutorial


Hello dear Friends! I hope you enjoy your weekend! We have great weather, sun, few light clouds, lovely wind and about +26C in shadow. Latest birds have stayed at home and now I show you how you can make yours. They are really easy and it’s fun to play with colours!

patchwork bird tutorial

If you look carefully this block, you see that there are only squares and triangles. You can see this bird in many sites in internet but I haven’t seen it with a wing. Here is the plan …

bird with squares and triangles


– whole squares are 2,5 ” x 2,5 “

– triangles are half squares from 3″ x 3″ squares

– beak (nose) is half square from 2,5″ x 2,5″ square and it’s on 2,5″ x 2,5″ square

– feet are 1″ x 2,5″ and the grass next to the foot is 2″ x 2,5″

!!! Take care how to cut your pieces if you use fabrics where the direction is important – for example my trees. You need two opposite triangles (other wise the other piece is horizontal and the other vertical).


Sew first all the small parts. Sew the nose-triangle on the corner of one 2,5″ x 2,5″ square. Cut away the remaining corner from the square  which is under the nose triangle.

Press the seams open and trim the squares to 2,5″ x 2,5″.

patchwork bird tutorial

Next sew the squares in rows …

bird tutorial

Press the seams open.

patchwork bird

Sew the rows together.

patchwork bird tutorial

Trim your block and your bird is ready!

Finished block size is about 10″ (10,5″) depending how exact your seam allowance is. I use about 1,4″ seam allowance.


I like to press seams open because then there are less seams in point – and I like symmetry.

If you like to ask something, please don’t hesitate. I’m happy if I can help!

Try different colours to see how big difference it makes …


Next time I shall show you what I made with my (till now) favourite bird.

If you know some other fun blocks with squares and triangles, please tell! I draw a cat to my notebook but didn’t sew it yet – so can’t be sure if it will look cat or something else. I hope to try it soon.

Thank you so much for your visit! Thank you also for your most lovely comments! I enjoy to read them and I do my best to answer! Next week there/here will be something very exciting – oh I start to be nervous!

Happy sewing!



Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

39 thoughts on “Patchwork Bird – Tutorial

  1. What a very cute bird block. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  2. Patchwork est tres beau Marie-Claire

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely bird. Your tutorial is really superb!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial Teje… Such a cute and simple bird!

  5. Gosh Teje how clever too make a bird just with squares and triangle, it looks terrific x

  6. Thank you for the tutorial!

  7. Very sweet bird, Teje! Your tutorial is great. Hope you don’t mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at

  8. This bird has flown onto my to-do list! Thanks for the tute, Teje x

  9. What a cute little bird! Thanks for the tutorial – now I have two to make – the butterfly and the bird.

  10. Thank you Teje for these instructions. I have been looking forward to your tutorial. But I’m a little confused and no one else has asked, so maybe it’s just me, but are the measurements for the beak correct? Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t it be a 2″ square sewn on a 2.5″ square to get the beak to look like that? I’m new to piecing so I might be wrong. Thank you for your help.

    • Thank you Kathleen! I’m happy you asked. It is 2,5″x2,5″ square – it takes the seam allowance from all sides of the triangle so it get smaller than the square under it. When you place the triangle over the square you see that you can’t place it in the middle of the square because then it wouldn’t cover the corner of the square. Try with piece of paper.
      Very good you asked because I think always many things at the same time and can’t concentrate well.
      I hope you make these; they are fun! Don’t worry if the points are not excatly – mine are not. x Teje

    • For my first bird I made smaller beak but it didn’t look good with that big bird. x Teje

  11. Hello Teje! I see you’ve been busy again! I’d love to follow your tutorial and make that cute little bird. If only there were so many more hours in the day! ROs

  12. Lovely tutorial Teje! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  13. Hello Teje,

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It doesn’t look too difficult *rolls the eyes* but I know as I am hopeless with patchwork, it just would be too much for me 🙂 But this is my favorite-project as I love birds, and if I ever will start quilting, this will definitely be my first try!

    Lovely last week of September!


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  16. Thank you for sharing your cute little bird! I’m definitely making one (or a whole flock) of these!

  17. I loved this pattern. I made one this afternoon.

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  19. Thanks for the bird tutorial. It is a timeless pattern. Received it from The Sew Can She Sewialites group where it was shared.

  20. I love bird’s and would like to make a quilt of all different bird’s. This is a start. Thanks

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