Sewn Birdie Ornaments
- National Nonwovens WoolFelt: White, Barnyard Red, Pea Soup
- Coordinating print fabric, scraps
- Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiberfill
- Polyform: Premo! Sculpey Cadmium Red Hue Clay; Ultralight Clay
- Kreinik Silver (001) Fine #8 Braid
- Jute twine
- Buttons, 2-1/2”
scissors, iron, craft knife, newspaper (to cover work surface), paper plate palette
- Sewing machine and thread
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk
- DecoArt Americana Duraclear Satin Varnish
- Loew-Cornell La Corneille Paintbrushes Series 7300C: Shader #2, 4, 6; Round, #2
- Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
- Adhesives: Aleene’s Fabric Fusion; hot glue gun and sticks
- 1. All seams have 1/4” seam allowance. RST = right sides together.
- 1. Print out patterns. Cut patterns from felt or fabric as indicated.
- 2. Use fabric glue to adhere bird’s cheeks into place on both sides of head; adhere beak interior onto felt beak. Let dry.
- 3. Use embroidery needle and Silver braid to sew two wings together, about 1/4” from edges, using running stitch. Repeat for other wing. Use blanket stitch to finish edges on cheeks.
- 4. Fold top feather in half; pin to body back piece on head side. Baste feather in place at selvages. Sew body back piece to body belly piece with RST at head end. Set aside.
- 5. Take both tail pieces and position with RST. Stitch around sides and end of tail. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Turn raw edges under and pin. Set aside.
- 6. Line body back piece at tail end to tail point on bird body. Continue to pin selvages together around all edges. Stitch selvages. Repeat on other side.
- 7. Stuff bird from opening at tail. Turn opening selvages under and hand sew. Hand sew tail over closed opening.
- 8. Cut 6” jute twine length; tie ends together. Hand sew jute twine to body back piece at marked spot. Hot glue buttons on marked spot for eyes. Hot glue wings on sides. Hot glue beak into place by pinching it closed and then adhering center section.
- Holly Berry Branch
- 1. On clean work surface, roll pea-sized Cadmium Red Hue ball. Cut in half and then in half again. Roll four tiny pieces into berries. (Note: You will bake three berries.)
- 2. Roll 1/2” ball of ultralight clay into thin rope. Cut rope into 3” length and 3/4” length. Bend longer rope slightly every 1”. Attach smaller rope at one bending joint. Pinch ends to resemble twig; flatten some areas along twig. Roll 2” ultralight clay ball; use craft knife to cut out 1” holly leaf shape. Use back of knife to indent clay creating vein lines.
- 3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake berries and holly leaf on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
- 4. On covered work surface, mix (5:1) mixture Burnt Umber + Buttermilk on paper palette. Paint entire twig brown mixture using #6 shader. Let dry. Use #2 shader to paint Burnt Umber detail lines on twig. Let dry. Use #4 shader to paint holly leaf Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Use #2 round to feather center section Hauser Medium Green. Let dry.
- 5. Hot glue holly leaf on twig and berries above leaf. Hot glue twig inside bird’s beak.
by April Moffatt