Boo Boo Bird

8:02:00 PM

If you are a mommy of a brand new baby, let me warn you...before they start moving, get ready.

And by get ready, I mean have a first aid kit ready to go. This little guy is my newest (and cutest) addition to that first aid kit.

Boo-Boo Bird

If you are a klutz like me, you know that your little ones’ genes are counting against them—the chances of injury are just too high. My three literally each had a completely unrelated injury within 24 hours last week (Lil bit got a gash on her foot from a door scraping her, Sweet Pea bit her lip when she fell against a chair trying to walk, and Princess Pea was bit).

Bumps, bruises, and blood are in their future. And then there are the imaginary wounds. If you have a toddler or a preschooler, you know what I mean. But it isn't really financially feasible to give a band aid every time there is a perceived injury. (Because then we would feel like we were financing the first aid industry by ourselves). That’s where this idea came into being.

I was surfing around Sugar Bee Crafts—Mandy has a super awesome blog, and awesome sewing skills!—and saw her owie owls.

Image Credit: Sugar Bee Crafts

I saw these cuties and I thought, what a wonderful idea!! In our house, you must have blood actually coming out of your body to get a band aid. We do have teething rings in the fridge that we sometimes use to put on the occasional bump and bruise, but recently the twins have needed those teething rings for, well, teething! So I took Mandy’s general idea—to fill a little fabric animal with rice to put in the freezer for an “ice” pack—and I made my own pattern!

Since I am considering changing my banner to little birds under a column (see the start of the artwork here), I had to make one of those little birds be that ice pack. So I drew up a pattern (I made it larger than what I wanted so that I had seam allowances).

Then I cut out the paper and pinned it to a folded piece of fabric—the fold is at the bottom of the bird. This way, I only have to cut the bird out once, and I don’t have to seam the bottom.

Then, with the wrong sides out, I pinned the bird together and sewed it up. I left an opening that was just large enough to turn the bird right side out and put the rice into the bird.

After I turned the bird right side out, I cut out the wings (I made these a little smaller than the pattern) and a little triangle for the beak, and then I used fusible webbing to adhere the wings and beak to the bird. I wasn’t exact about getting the webbing to the edges of the wings—the webbing is to hold the pieces in place while I hand stitch it in a couple of steps and for extra security.

Then I used a kitchen funnel to pour the rice in, and then stitched up the last little bit of the bird body.

For the final touches, I stitched on eyes using contrasting thread, and using the same contrasting thread, I hand stitched the wings and beak. I wanted a rustic look, so that’s the reason for the rough edge and hand stitching. You could use a machine to sew around each wing and beak, but you would need to do that before sewing the body together.

So here’s my little bird—ready to administer first aid! Isn’t he cute? Lil Bit has already tried to steal him to play with him.

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  1. These are adorable. I have made many of the pads but in the shape to go around your neck. These are much cuter!

  2. So cute! I love the birdie shape. It takes the sting out of owies when we give our little ones bandaids and cute owie ice packs! I should ask my girls their favorite animal and then make them each their own owie animal friend. :)

  3. your little birdie is so cute~ great job!!

  4. I no longer have little one's but this is a wonderful idea that I would've definitely tried. It's so adorable. I found you on Made U Look Linky and I'm your newest follower. Swing by and link up at my hop when you have time.

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  5. What a cute idea! My kids would love this!

  6. These are awesome and so cute! We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. I know our readers will love your ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  7. These are great! I like the bird and the owl, I'll need a whole fleet of animals for this house!

    Rachel @

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  9. really cute - good idea too!

  10. That is so clever. I have to make myself one of these
    i would love it if you would drop past our linky and share this with us

  11. This little guy is so cute! I love the fabric that you used too! I need to make one for my first aid kit.. my kiddos would love it.

    Thanks for linking up last week! You were one of the most viewed links! Stop by tomorrow at 7 to check it out :)

  12. Super cute! I just posted about first aid essentials. I don't have kids but I'd use it as an "ice" pack. Hopped over from Made you Look

  13. i love these! especially the owls!

    Hope you’re having a great Thursday, one day closer to Friday! Drop by and say hello!

  14. I've always used rice-filled packs for heat. I never thought to use them for cold. What a great idea! The ice blocks really aren't a comfortable solution. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend!

  15. These are really cute and what a great idea! Thanks for linkin up!

  16. I had not thought of rice as I had been using sawdust! Very cute and maybe easier!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  17. Great idea....I came over from Ginger Snap Crafts. I always have the hardest time getting my kids to use ice packs when they get a big bump...I bet they would be way more amenable with something cute like this. :) I will give this a try! New follower here!

    1. I'm glad you like this idea...and I have tried my boo-boo bird on several kids (other than my own) and the only problem we've had has been the kids wanting to keep them! Glad you stopped by!