For the Birds

Hi!  This is Vanessa from Punkin Patterns back with a great little Eco-friendly project.  The snow is finally melting.  Spring is finally arriving.  Birds are back and are everywhere and soon they will be nesting.  Making a nesting bag is a great little project to use up all of your bits of thread and some tiny fabric scraps too which will help the birds.  You'll be encouraging birds to build their nests in your yard and give you some great opportunities for birding.

There are lots of things you can put in your nesting bag.  A few easy things for sewers/quilters are dryer lint (from washing your quilts and fabric), yarn, twine, and string, all of your bits of thread, and of course thin small strips of fabric.  You can also add things like hair, cotton balls, leaves and shredded paper.  If you add scraps of fabric, make sure that you cut them into very thin strips (like 1/8" or so) and about no more than 6" in length.

For your nesting bag, you can upcycle a used onion bag.  

Simply tie a knot at one end.

Grab a little helper.

And fill up the bag.

Tie a knot at the other end and put a piece of kitchen twine through the knot to hang it.

Hang it near a bird feeder so they can find it! 


  1. I LOVE THIS! I took a clementine bag and put bird seed in it...sort of same idea..
    and I love the dress. great photos too. El

  2. I would also snip a few small holes here and there, so the birds will have a easier time getting the fabric. Great idea and looks for the the kiddos.

  3. This is an awesome project! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Any cloth or material which will fray with threadlike ends serves as a real danger to the feet and legs of birds. The loose thread wrapped around the toes and feet, acts as a tourniquet. The thread will cut through the tissues with the potential loss of toes or feet....just thought you might like to know this...( just my humble opinion)!

    1. I was told I could add the cloth by a naturalist at a nature center.

  5. With a few notable exceptions, most birds won't vary from whatever their preferred building materials are. Dried grass, grass and spider webs, mud and grass, mud and twigs, just twigs, just mud, etc., depending on the species.

    But orioles might go for it....especially if you include fishing twine...

    Either way, you are NOT endangering the birds. They have managed for thousands of years with what they have on hand, and I expect Cherylin can Google all day and not provide a single picture or confirmed report of a bird that ever lost toes or feet building its next with materials someone provided... :-)


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