Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Bird Ornaments




These gorgegous Christmas bird ornaments by A Feathered Nest are just so sweet. Let your imagination run wild with ways to use the ornaments - you can hang them on the tree, make a garland for your home's entry way, tie them onto presents, hang them on gift bags, and give them away with your baked goodies! These Christmas bird ornaments do require some sewing know-how, but the results are worth it!



What you need:

• DMC Floss (it has strands you can pull apart)
• Small embroidery hoop
• Scissors
• Felt
• Pinking shears
• Embroidery needle
• Washable marking pen or something you can mark with
• A template from your imagination traced onto cardstock (it's not hard to trace a little bird shape, then draw a wing in the middle & cut it out)

Instructions:


• Step 1: Trace wing shapes, then stitch using my stitch guide , this amazing guide here, or do your own thing. Be creative! If I get some time, for those of you interested, I'll post another stitch guide and include some of the newer things I've learned like the flowers, leaves, and other border stitches.

Don't worry about your embroidery hoop going over the top of the other stitched wings - I didn't have any problems, just don't get it too tight and try to be careful.


• Set your wings aside and cut out your main body using your pinking shears for that pointy edge look. Trace your bird shape onto ONE piece of felt. Pin that one piece to your backing, and it can be the same color if you want - I used two different colors. Cut out your bird shape around the edges of your tracing pen.




• Everything is all lined up perfectly! Cut out your wings, leaving just enough space for you to stitch them down onto the top piece of your bird.


• After your wing is stitched onto your top piece, cut out a beak and a ribbon hanger. Don't forget to give your bird an eye ball, too! Put in a French knot where you'd like it to go and remember: the more times you wrap your floss around your needle, the bigger your eye is going to be.

• Glue beak and ribbon onto the back side of your bird.


• Now stitch the bird closed. Start wherever you'd like, I started at the bottom. With your knot on the INSIDE of the bird, whip stitch in-between your crimps from the scissors.





• Now stuff that bird. To get fluffies way up into the tail portion, you might want to start stuffing a little up in there before you get to this point - but it doesn't matter. Just fatten him up a little or a lot, using your scissors or a skewer to push the stuffing up inside the bird without tearing through your stitching



• Now finish off with a square knot - and that's it! How easy is that?!






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