I found the pattern and idea for this ornament on Pinterest here. I loved this idea so much, I knew I just had to make a few of my own...
Here's what you'll need to make this ornament:
- A button
- Embroidery thread
- Knitting needle or other such object in which to stuff the bird
- Fiberfill stuffing
You can find the original template for the bird and his wing here. I would recommend using 350% enlargement, as noted above; otherwise, this template is perfect.
- Cut the template pieces out.
- Cut out a piece of felt and fold it in half. Pin the template pieces to the felt, keeping the felt folded in half.
- Cut out the felt, using the pattern as a guide as to where you should cut (don't forget to cut out the wing too! you'll need just one wing).
- After all the pieces are cut out, pin the wing to the bird however you desire (I did it multiple ways - it looked good each time!). Thread your needle with the color of thread of your choice (I enjoy the look of contrast trim so I used a color different than the color of felt).
- Sew the wing to the bird's body.
- After the wing is sewn, sew the button onto the bird's body for the bird's eye.
- After the button is sewn, sew the ribbon onto the other piece of the bird's body, so the bird will hang as an ornament. You can do this a variety of ways. The easiest way for me to do it is to loop the ribbon, then sew it on like that. I use pins to hold the ribbon in place while I sew.
- After the ribbon is sewed on, pin the two pieces of the bird's body together. Sew the pieces together, leaving an inch or so of an opening.
- Stuff the fiberbill through the opening. I prefer to use a knitting needle to get the fiberfill evenly spread out and in places like the bird's tail and head.
- Sew the opening closed.
I found this craft to be super easy and so much fun! One bird took me about an hour, but I am a super slow sewer, so if you are anything above a novice, I'm sure this will go faster for you.