Every morning when I have my breakfast, I sit by the kitchen window, watch the chickadees and woodpeckers at the bird feeder, and think about how much fun it would be to make a bird softie. I've been meaning to make one for a long time, but I am always daunted by the actual prospect. There are so many others who make birds, and they do them brilliantly. The first names to come to mind are Ann Wood, Abby Glassenberg (while she naps), and Stephanie Congdon Barnes (little birds). So I am always a little shy about it. This morning, I figured, "Why not go for it, and see what it looks like?" Well, this is what it looks like. I think it's cute, but next time, I think I will forgo using the safety eyes and will maybe use a bead or perhaps just do a French Knot for each eye. The plastic eyes are a bit bulky and out of proportion on this size bird. I am happy with the shape of the body, but I might make the head just a smidgen more narrow, like by 1/4 of an inch tops. By the way, do you wanna laugh? Check out my first attempt at machine-sewing a gusseted toy. I was trying to make this softie here. Ahhhhh, how we've grown (I hope!).