Monday, December 27, 2010

Angry Birds -- Plush Green, White, Black (and baby pig!)

I'm happy to report that my plush Angry Birds and pigs were a GRAND success on Christmas! My boys were absolutely thrilled!

Here are the patterns for the remaining birds. The basic construction is, of course, the same as the others.

You can find detailed instructions on the post for the original red Angry Bird.
I also have patterns for the blue bird, yellow bird, and pig.


Green Bird -- a.k.a. "the flying backwards guy," as my boys call him!

What you need:
small amounts of the following:
~ green fleece
~ white fleece
~ black fleece
~ orange fleece
and:
~ fiberfill stuffing
~ free-motion foot (optional but highly recommended~)
~ pattern (click here!)

The green bird is constructed just the same as the original red bird, but you construct his beak in two pieces. On the game, the green bird has a bit of yellow under his beak. I meant to applique a small yellow circle to go under his beak, but ended up forgetting.


White Bird
What you need:
small amounts of the following:
~ white fleece
~ tan fleece (for tummy)
~ orange fleece
~ black fleece
~ yellow fleece (for cheeks)
and:
~ fiberfill stuffing
~ free-motion foot (optional but highly recommended!)
~ pattern (click here!)

The white bird is egg-shaped, so the pattern is a little bit different, but it is still constructed the same way. He's a bit trickier in the face. You will note on the pattern that on either side of his face there are two stars marked. You will sew only between the two stars on either side at first. That way you can applique his eyes on before fully constructing his body -- then finish up the seams. I chose to put his tail in the side seam, as you can see, as if he were looking to the side. You could also opt to hand sew it on the back of him instead, if it bugs you to have it on the side.

His beak was tricky -- I really finagled it and pinned like crazy as I sewed it on, so I could get the look I wanted. Luckily fleece is very friendly to work with in that way -- you can make it do just about anything you'd like!

Black Bird -- a.k.a. Bomb Bird!

What you need:
small amounts of the following:
~ black fleece
~ white fleece
~ orange fleece
~ dark grey fleece
~ yellow fleece
and:
~ fiberfill stuffing
~ free-motion foot (optional but highly recommended!)
~ pattern (click here!)

Construct him the same way as the red bird -- with just a little more detail on the face. The larger you go with those four panel balls, the less "roundy" they start looking -- especially dependent upon what kind of fleece you use. This was the less stretchy, almost more felt-like fleece. You could achieve a better, more round look with better fleece!

His beak is constructed in two pieces. First I put together and sewed on the upper beak. Then I constructed the lower beak and (before stuffing it) hand sewed just the top edges to the bottom of the upper beak. Then I stuffed it and sewed it into place on the bird, again with a little finagling to get the look I wanted. I'm especially happy with his beak!

Of course I had to whip up a few eggs -- including golden eggs, of course! There are a few patterns available on the web, and I cannot for the life of me find the one I used!


I ended up adding a crown to my pig to create a king pig. I cut a crown shape from a piece of super heavy interfacing, starting with a 2 3/4" x 8 1/4" rectangle. I folded it and cut four points. I then sewed a yellow fleece "slipcover" for the crown, turned it right side out, stuffed in the interfacing, and hand sewed the bottom opening shut. I sewed the two ends together, then pinned and sewed it in place on piggy's head. I really like how it turned out. I thought about using craft foam or some other shortcut-type material, but really I love having it made from fleece -- since everything else is!

Note: Yes, I know the king pig on the game has the crown more on the side of his head -- but I just like it better like this! :o)

And, last but not least, I couldn't help but create a few baby pigs! They are my very FAVORITE of all the Angry Birds plushies I made -- and they are my boys' favorites too! :o) Here's a pattern (click!) if you'd like to make some baby pigs! He is constructed the same as original pig.

That's it for my whirlwind wrapup of the Angry Pigs plushies! I have LOVED seeing all your Angry Birds creations in my flickr group -- please keep posting photos!

Enjoy!

38 comments:

L Johnson said...

Very cute!

jacque4u2c said...

This are just fab!!!! So right on the mark!

Cammie said...

Even though I still don't know what they are I can't wait for all the boys to play with those! They are so fun! D wants me to make a zombie (from Plants vs. Zombies) army for the boys. Maybe I can use your pigs and improvise.

Melissa said...

These are so cool. After reading your original post about angry birds, I bought the game for my phone. Then of course, my husband had to have it on his phone too. So fun to play! Your birds are amazing!

Kelly said...

The hubby laughed out loud when he opened the box of angry birds on Christmas! And he is a little bit of a Scrooge, so that's a big deal!

DPM said...

This is the most grand tutorial/post of all time!

Firstly, I'm an Angry Bird player and admit to having become obsessed on more than a few occasions when it comes to knocking-off green pigs :)

Secondly, I love a "sock war" and these angry birds and pigs would definitely be more fun to throw than a rolled up crate of socks!

Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

Heather said...

So I have been busy sewing fleece snakes, monsters and your angry birds for my kids for Christmas. I made 3 red birds and 1 BIG red bird (I had to alter the pattern scale on the big one so it didn't look so boxy) and I made my girls a pink bird and a purple bird using the red bird pattern. Oh and I also made for of the ornaments! Now I am so happy to see this post because my boys have been asking me all day for black birds. Then I think it will be time to buy green fleece for the pigs! THANK YOU SO MUCH my kids are really happy with everything!

casserole said...

I've never played Angry Birds (had to look it up to see what it was when I saw your original red bird pattern), but I'm still totally loving all of these little softies! They're so CUTE! Their little angry faces crack me up!

I linked to your patterns over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-patterns-a-whole-angry-birds-softie-collection/2010/12/27/

--Anne

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Njeri said...

Am happy your kids loved it. I know the warm fuzzy feeling a mama feels when your gift is appreciated,

denise said...

wow great!
I was thinking to make one myself,
just plannend it a little,
and then i found your blog!
GREAT
thank you for sharing!
love,
denise

Eunice said...

Great tutorials! Love all your Angry Birds series. I've made 12 of them as Christmas gift and they were full of praises for them. I've mentioned you in my blog (www.mommysewpretty.blogspot.com) if you don't mind cause it's super cute! Thanks for the hard work! Love them!

Kat said...

Just wanted to share the best picture from Christmas morning, thanks to you!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8URcZ518ofw/TRnrYVwrzwI/AAAAAAAAYZA/wT_vVBr70wc/s1600/IMG_0675.JPG

McFarland-Higgins family said...

My son just discovered this game. I canNOT wait to make these for him! Thanks!

Ashers said...

I found this today and it really made me laugh! As soon as I saw the photo I knew someone stole it off your blog! Its your yellow angry bird, which is totally ingenious, compared to Bert from Sesame Street. I hope you laugh when you see it too. Check it out at http://totallylookslike.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/12/28/yellow-angry-bird-bert/

Kim said...

this is sooo great!! love it!

Jo said...

These are awesome! I'm going to have a go at making my own little army of angry birds and pigs!

Tabitha said...

HOw stinkin cute. My 10 yr daughter and 5 yr old son are admiring your talent. I love this game. After having no clue until last month on Christmas eve, while everyone was playing cards, I was sitting there bored and my brother hands me his phone and this is one it. LOVE this. My older boys both have it on their PSP and I bought it for the PS3. Hubby got so mad at me, I played it all day on the weekend. LOL I so want to recreate what you have done. Thanks so much for the step by step. My neice calls them angry chicks. LOL I think I will be whipping some of these up for bday gifts. Now I gotta run so I can get started. LOL ;0)

Bettina said...

Oh my goodness! You are Mom of the Year in my book! Maybe I will have these done sometime this year, lol. Great job!

Jenna said...

Sooooo cute!!! My son is obsessed with Angry Birds! In fact we just did an Angry Birds birthday party for him. Here is a link to the cake I made:
http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2011/02/angry-birds-cake.html

And a few posts later I posted the pics of the decor for the party :)

Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me said...

I have made all of these for my sons birthday on the 16th... but I just wanted to show you a little spin I put on your already amazing design for the white bird (your kids might get a kick out of it too )http://amomawifeandame.blogspot.com/2011/04/bird-crazy.html

Thank you so much for sharing these!

Pocahonka said...

Your birds are so cool - really angry and really cute. Thanks for brilliant instructions! I have already made few of them following your instructions. I'm also planning to make some more when I only find enough time for it. My two sons love those birds.
I have my own blog where I'm planning to put some photoes about my own birds. (Of course put a link to your blog.)Unfortunaltely for english speaking people I write my blog in finnish. Finnish in my mothertongue and I feel more comfortable using it. Here's a link to my blog anyway. http://viidakkokirja.wordpress.com/ I ad photoes of the birds during this weekend.

Karina said...

Awesome. I twisted all the birds because I'm not a sewing machine genius like you, and can't really do the little feathers without completely screwing up. Waste of felt. So I gave up and used yarn! I have to say, I like 'em better with yarn feathers. If the yarn is the right color they look really cute!

For those Angry Bird makers also not so great on a sewing machine, you just cut a long piece of your yarn.

Then fold it in half again and again, make sure to stop when it's about three times the length you want (it will be folded yet again after it's sewn on and then trimmed).

You should have a bundle of loops. Handsew the middle of the loops wherever you want these feathers, just a simple whipstitch over and around. Don't worry about hiding a knot, the yarn will cover it.

Once you're finished, cut the loops on each end.

If you've made your yarn long enough, you can just make one big knot to keep the yarn from sliding out from under the stitch. I rarely manage to do this, also it kind of ruins the bushy look I want.

It's more time consuming to do it this way, but it looks better! Instead of just making a big knot, I find each separate piece of yarn by yanking yarn on one side and grabbing the piece that moves. (don't yank too hard or it comes right out). Then I knot them together. I repeat until every piece of yarn I yank doesn't move. That means it's knotted.

After that, trim to the proper length, fluff, and your feathers are finished!

ג'וד said...

THAK YOU FOR SHARING THE PATTERNS!

Vicki W said...

Thank you so much for these tutorials! My niece was visiting yesterday and we needed something to do while her tiedye shirts were batching. We made red and blue birds and she was thrilled!

Omenapuu said...

I live in Finland, and I ♥ Angry Birds :-----] Amazing!

heddomarie said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! My son wanted angry bird toys for Christmas.. at $10 a pop for the small ones, this is going to save me some money.. Plus.. I like to make my kids a handmade gift every year! Now I know what to do for my 4 year old!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Nancy said...

I'm in the midst of making these for my son for xmas (he asked for an Angry Birds set). Thanks for the tutorial! I've just finished the face on the White Bird and used tear-away to draw the face on, pinned it to the back of the face fabric and then just followed the lines when sewing! Soooo much easier than doing it freehand! I just wished I had thought of that when I made the Red Bird, Blue Bird, Yellow Bird and Bomb Bird...

:]chum[: said...

thank you sooooooo much for giving out the pattern.. it's very cute, i will make one soon for my bf's car, he really love green pig super.. ahehehehehhe

Carol said...

OMG! Thank you so much for sharing these. My nephew just asked for some angry bird characters for Christmas. This will save me so much time. You rock.

poppyinpink said...

Wow, the game is now in 3D!!! yowser!!! Thank-you so much!!

Min said...

Thanks so much for these patterns! I made an Angry Bird set complete with blocks and a handmade slingshot for my boys for Christmas this year! The boys loved it, and Santa gave me more fabric to sew more birds...so now I'm working on a black one. I do have a question about the bottom beak--I don't understand what it means on the pattern where you say "fold" Fold what? Can you please elaborate? My email is cowgirlmin07 at gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

Suze said...

I love angry birds! Thank you for the patterns. I downloaded them and plan to make them.

Unknown said...

Awesome! My daughter is having an angry birds birthday party and requested that I make angry birds to give to her guests. Thank goodness I found your patterns! Thanks for sharing them!

Miss Peach Craft said...

hi i like you pig ;) it is awsome i am going to make won!!

Stephanie said...

Stumbled across your blog while looking for an Angry Bird tutorial and I am hooked! This tutorial is fantastic - I'm making Baby Pig into a pincushion :)

Silvia said...

Gracias! con mis amigas hicimos the pig, yellow and red. Salieron muy lindos!

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