Simple supplies such as red and green ticking fabric purchased at most fabric supply shops lend a charming, rustic feel to handmade ornaments such as these charming stuffed bird ornaments that were cut from a Sizzix BigShot die-cut machine and this beautiful bird die from Brenda Pinnick from Sizzix.
Simply die cut two layers of ticking fabric using the BigShot machine and ticking fabric for each bird ornament.
Fuse red wool felt to webbing and free hand heart shapes with scissors. Iron in place on front shape.
Use two strands of embroidery floss and cross-stitch edges in place.
For the wing shape, cut a 3” teardrop shape and use it to trace two shapes from natural burlap. Cut the shapes out with scissors.
Use alphabet stamps for a short and sweet sentiment like “joy, “peace” or “noel” and stamp on fused burlap. Cut out sentiment and fuse to one of the burlap wing shapes using an iron and pressing surface. I used tiny alphabet stamps for my sentiments but you can use whatever holiday-themed words you might have on hand.
Sew the muslin in place with black thread and a straight stitch. Place the wrong sides of the wings together and sew 1/4” from ends, leaving a tiny opening for stuffing. Stuff wings with Polyfil Fiberfill Stuffing by Fairfield and sew opening closed.
Repeat this process for the bird. Be careful not to overstuff the bird or it will be difficult to machine sew closed.
Finally adhere the wing to the bird using a fabric glue such as Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. Embellish bird as desired. I adhered a tiny pebble bead for the eye and added some felt die-cut flowers.
The possibilities are endless. These birds look sweet hanging from a mantle or even as a special package tag.
Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)