Gather your fabric and felt scraps as well as your bits and pieces of leftover embellishments. This photo shows what you will need to make these birds. You will also need a sewing machine and thread, and a die cut machine. I like the BigShot Die Cutting Machine by Sizzix.
Use the pattern provided in the patterns section of the magazine, and trace one wing on the fabric you will be using. I used osnaburg since it has a nice raw look to it. Use a disappearing ink fabric pen to trace.
Cut off the beak piece and glue it onto the whole bird die cut using Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.
Next, use solvent or pigment ink to stamp a holiday sentiment to the one side of the wing. Heat set this with an iron on a low-medium setting.
Now its time to sew the pieces together. Start at the bottom of piece and sew with a straight stitch and a contrasting thread. You will sew 3/4 of the shape, leaving a small slit open for stuffing. Sew in a free form fashion. The point of these birds are the really scrappy look. Sew about 1/4 or more from the edge. Your fabric will begin to slightly unravel, adding to the scrappy look of the ornament.
Lightly stuff your pieces using a small amount of fiberfill stuffing. I like Fairfield’s polyfil fiber stuffing because it’s soft.
Just a couple of more steps to completing your scrap savvy bird. Once you have your stuffing in place, use the sewing machine to sew the opening closed. Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon and glue it to the bird with Aleenes Fabric Fusion. Double over the glue the ends to the front of the bird ornament.
To finish, use the fabric glue to glue the stuffed wing to the bird over the ribbon ends to hide them. Glue on assorted embellishments such as old earrings, buttons, etc. Glue a 6/0 pebble bead to the bird for the eye.
If you do not want to make your own birds, you can order them from my etsy shop!
Live Life Creatively,