Time to Make
How to Make
- Using the template cut three main body pieces from the white felt, two red breast pieces from the red felt, two wing pieces from the brown felt, two tail pieces from the brown felt and two beak pieces from the yellow felt.
- Neatly layer the three pieces of white felt together and pin in place (if you prefer you can use a small dab of glue to hold the pieces together.) At the front of the bird sandwich the two beak pieces in between the two outer layers of white felt, and at the back sandwich the two brown tail pieces in the same manner and pin to hold in place. With an embroidery needle and white thread, work around the pieces with a neat running stitch to join together, ensuring that the beak and tail pieces are secured.
- Create the bird's eyes by working a small French knot on with the embroidery needle and black embroidery thread on each of the red breast pieces. These pieces will sit on either side of the bird, so be sure that the French Knot will be outermost on each of the pieces once it is stitched.
- Position the two red breast pieces onto each side of the bird and pin in place. With the needle and red embroidery thread, work a line of running stitch around the outer edge of the felt to secure it into place. To ensure that the stitching is as neat on the back as it is on the front, flip the bird over as you work each part of the stitch to be sure that you are inserting the needle where you want it and creating tidy, even stitches.
- Cut 8cm length of ribbon and fold in half, position onto the centre of the bird so that one end of the ribbon lies on either side, and pin in place. Secure in place with a couple of neat hand stitches to create the hanging loop.
- Place the two wing pieces onto the body of the bird, these pieces will sit neatly over the ends of the ribbon hanging loop. Ensure that the two wings are neatly aligned at the upper sections and pin in place. With the needle and brown embroidery thread work a neat cross stitch in the centre of the lower part of the wings to secure them to the body.