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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bird Christmas Ornament

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Cut two birds from pattern. Mark location of eye, beak and hanger.

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Cut two wings and one beak. I used felt.

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Lay the beak with point facing inside and also the hanger with loop facing inside between the two layers.Stitch starting at tail, all the way around ending at tail on opposite end. Back tac at the beginning and the end.

 

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This shows how the beak looks before sewing it between the layers. The point is to the inside, so that when you turn it right side out the beak will be pointing out.

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This shows the end of the hanging loop being caught in the stitching.

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Don’t forget to back-tac

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This is a great project for using those left over scrapes of batting.

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This is what your bird should look like after clipping curves and turning.

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Stuff you bird, leaving the tail unstuffed. Tie with strong thread or ribbon.

 

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Close-up of tail.

 

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Place a wing on each side and run thread through button, through the body and through the button on the opposite side. Turn and come back through the bird. I tired my floss and left little frayed ends, but you can just sew the buttons on if you like. I also used pinking shears and gave the wing a feather look. I also pinked the tail.

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The eye is done same as the wings were. Go through a small button, through the head, through button on opposite side of head, turn and come back through.I finished it off by taking a few stitched under the button and cut the thread.

 

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Looks cruel doesn’t it.

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Now you have a nice little birdy for you tree, peg, package, or window.

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On the red bird I used two pieces of fabric sewn together and pinked around the edges for the wing. The white one has felt wings.

ENJOY!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Key chain/card holder

 

DSCI0015Start with a piece of fabric 14 1/2” X 3 3/4”. Interface with light weight fusible interfacing.

DSCI0016Fold lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch ends and long edge, leaving a three inch opening to turn.

DSCI0017Turn right side out and press. Place a pin to hold the opening together.

DSCI0018Measure 2 1/4” on each end of strip and mark with chalk.

DSCI0019Place hook and loop tape on each short end lined up with your chalk line.

DSCI0020Stitch hook and loop tape down.

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Fold ends toward center, along the hook and loop edge.

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Pin in place

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At this point you can whip stitch the opening closed or catch it when you sew up the sides.

DSCI0024Stitch up both side of strip, stopping to back-tac at the top of the pockets.

DSCI0025Also stitch the opening on the side as your stitching the long edges.

DSCI0026All stitched.

DSCI0027Fold in half.

 

DSCI0029Mark inside of grommet.

DSCI0030Cut a whole in the fabric for the grommet.  You want the fabric around the grommet to be a snug fit.

DSCI0031Attach grommet using directions on the back of the package. I used a 1/2 grommet her, but I will go to the next size next time. I think a little bigger grommet would be better.

DSCI0032Inside of key chain.

DSCI0033Place your small savings cards in the pockets on each side.

DSCI0034Add a key ring.

DSCI0035Add Keys.

DSCI0036I stitched mine just above the cards. I wanted to make sure that the cards could not fall out.    ENJOY!