Gold finches and other clinging, seedeaters have been feasting on the nyjer thistle seeds I put out for them. I added two more thistle feeders this week because I was getting tired of constantly refilling the one I had. This will either spread the birds out over more feeders and make the seed last longer or they will alert their buddies that the diner is open for business!
Fiberglass window screening is a favorite craft material. It can be cut with regular scissors and stitched together on the sewing machine. You’ll find rolls of it at hardware or home improvement stores. It comes in several widths and in dark or light grey. And the mesh is fine enough to trap thistle seeds inside for the birds to peck at.
My feeders are made from a 12 x 18” piece of screening and an 18” length of cord to hang the finished feeder. First, turn a 1 ½” hem on one of the 12” ends. Stitch close to the raw edge and again about ¼” away from the first row of stitching. This will form the casing to lace the hanging cord through.
Fold the piece lengthwise with right sides together and stitch (twice for strength) along the long side edge and across the bottom. Do not stitch across the ends of the casing at the top. This needs to remain open to get the cord through.
Turn right side out, pushing out the corners so they are square. Run the cord through the casing at the top. Fill with seeds and hang on a limb!
Fiberglass screening is fun to work with and, because it does not ravel when cut, you don’t have to turn under or otherwise finish raw edges. I have used it for beading projects and also for some simple vests with embroidered details. This is fun stuff to play with!