Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BIRD ORNAMENTS OR GIFT TAGS

I just sold a bunch of these darling little birdies at a get-together for local crafters and home-based businesses.  They make great package decorations or tree ornaments.  They are so much fun to make with just scraps of fabric you have on hand. 
bird decoration
The photos pretty well show you exactly what to do, but I will give you a step-by-step in writing.


1. Make a pattern of a bird shape.  Mine is approximately 5.5 inches from nose to tail and 2.75 inches in the center.
2. Layer scraps of fabric on top of each other and zigzag with a piece of batting underneath. 
3. Flip over and do the other side the same way.

The easiest way is to make a scrap square bigger than the bird pattern and then cut the bird pattern out of the pieced together square.


Don't worry about the stitches showing on the other side. 
4. Cut out the bird shape.
5. Sew the word on.
6.  Zigzag around the outside of the bird.
7. Attach a string for hanging.
You can applique a heart on the opposite side of the bird if you like.  I did that when I made 40 of them for a baby shower. 
To see how to print the words on fabric, go here.

3 comments:

Debbie G said...

Thank you! Ever since I saw these.... on FB or here on your blog {?not sure} I wanted to start to make ornaments for gifts. I was on the right track, but this shows me exactly what I need to do. And thanks for the instructions about adding the words. Yay! Can't wait for the weekend to get started.

Kolein said...

Those are the sweetest things! Why don't you put them in your etsy shop? I'd buy them. <3

Maria Atkinson said...

Hi Denise! I love your craftiness, the little birds are adorable! My name is Maria and write and shoot for Danita's Children, I believe your brother-in-law has told you all about us! We run an orphanage, school, church, feeding program and now 3-story pediatric hospital in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Our website is currently under construction, but you can still get the basics about us there www.danitaschildren.org, or from our Facebook page, Danita's Children. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions maria@danitaschildren.org! Great blog! :)