8 Bird Print Fabrics for Decorating


During Before and After month, it's easy to get wrapped up in all the gorgeous, large-scale projects from readers, the blogosphere, and home design magazines. However, even a small-scale project, like new throw pillows or curtains, can rejuvenate a room and make you happier to walk into it. If you're thinking about a sewing project for your home, these bird print fabrics may be just right.

Depending on fabric weight, they're ideal for sewing curtains, upholstering a side chair, or making a pillow cover in 5 minutes. A few of them would look especially sweet used to make fabric buckets. The birds range from streamlined to downright goofy — a sign that no matter what your style, there's probably a bird fabric out there for your home, mood, and project.

1. Organic cotton poplin "Linked Birds" in Plum, approx. $27 a meter at Volksfaden.
2. "Swallow Dive" fabric, approx. $56 at Vanessa Arbuthnott.
3. Kokka "Purple Perch" upholstery weight fabric, $19.95 at Purl Soho.
4. "Seagull" in linen, denim-hemp mix, or organic cotton $90 a yard from Jenny Lee Katz.
5. "Pretty Bird Spice", $8.95 per yard at Tonic Living.
6. "Hummingbird" fabric in blue and olive, approx. $76 a meter at Duckcloth.
7. Alexander Henry upholstery weight "It's a Hoot" fabric, on sale for $8.75 a yard at Purl Soho.
8. Combed cotton "Birds of Norway" in Expresso, $8.95 a yard at Tonic Living.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.