Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sew Simple




With school holidays upon us there's more time for a little creativity. I love fabric and enjoy making things from my stash - all the better when the children can join in too.




A couple of years ago I made three of these little birds in red/green/white colours, attached ribbon for hanging and gave them away as gifts. This year I decided to make some more. Miss O (11) and Miss E (4) also chose some fabric and helped make their own birds (purple and bright pink floral). Once again I used this free pattern for the birds




I chose a favourite Patricia Bravo fabric to fussy cut, giving an appearance of bird wings.







I modified the original pattern to create some smaller "baby" birds as well.




The bellies are also fussy cut from another Patricia Bravo fabric - I love the colours.




When Miss E isn't playing with these birds, they perch on our Christmas tree. They would also look great nestled on twigs, as a mobile or in a small bird cage. A great project for small pieces of fabric, they could easily be hand sewn too. You can add beads for eyes, or embroider them and add a small ribbon tied in a bow around the neck.

Do you have any favourite patterns you return to for decorations or gifts?


Sharing at Sneak Peek Friday.


31 comments:

joy said...

Wow! You just give me an idea:)

Stiletto said...

These fabric birds are colourful and brighthen up your C'mas tree. Simply love this creative idea.

Beth said...

The fabric birds are so colorful and pretty!

Noushka said...

WOW, great idea!
Fun to sew (I love your title!) and to put up on the Xmas tree!
Merry Xmas and happy New Year!

LynCC said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern link! These are perfect for my daughter's room. :)

Jana said...

how cool+creative! the home made is always the best....

Pieni Lintu said...

Oh - so super cute!!!! I LOVE birds..maybe you have noticed! ;)

geanina said...

lovely! :)
great ideea!

TheChieftess said...

Cute!!!

linda bowton said...

very cute pattern!! fussy cutting the wings is superb!! Merry Christmas!!
^)^ linda

flowersandhome said...

Love these colourful birds! The kids are still facing their last exams next week, then winter holidays are here as well, always a time for some creativity.
Bye,
Marian

Giga said...

Świetnie wykorzystałaś resztki materiałów, bo ptaszki są śliczne. Są kolorowe i zdobią choinkę. Pozdrawiam.
Well have you used leftover materials, because the birds are beautiful. They are colorful and decorated a Christmas tree. Yours.

Zizi Santos said...

Vim agradecer a visita ao meu blog
e também pela free pattern (birds)
Sempre quis fazer esses pássaros, mas não tinha o free pattern. Obrigada!
bj
Zizi Santos

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Oh these are so sweet and beautiful! I might have to have my mom help me make a few of these! :) Thanks so much for sharing with us 'in the studio'!

Birgitta said...

Such lovely, cololful and cute fabric birds! Great photos of these!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Oh, good idea! Nice birds, I like it on the christmas tree.
Greetings
Angela

Filip and Kristel said...

Very creative and a nice idea for Chirstmas decorations.

Greetings,
Filip

Magia da Inês said...

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Simples e muito decorativo!!!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

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Monika Kinner Whalen, Fibre / Embroidery Artist said...

Beautiful! I made something similar a couple years ago, but it was a pin cusion. I HATE sticking the poor little birdie with pins ! :( On the tree is a MUCH better idea. ; ) I adore Pat's fabrics too. She's my favorite.

Happyone said...

Oh I love these little fabric birds. My mom gave me her old sewing machine last year and I've wanted to try my hand at sewing but haven't attempted it yet. This might just be the project to get me started.

Ash said...

What a great idea!
Lovely fabrics and very nice colors too.
I just love paisley design and patterns :)

Michelle said...

Beautiful colors on these little birds.

Dave said...

What a great idea Karen. Well done. They look great! - Dave

marmarel said...

Wow, I like your birds! Some years ago I was sewing so much, now I'm more crocheting and beading. I want to sew again soon!

Liz said...

What a lovely idea!!

Ocean Soul said...

I love those birds! So symbolic of peace, love and hope! And the girls have a fabulous sense of color combinations...festive and cheery! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Cristina Ferreira said...

Achei muito bonita esta decoração com pássaros.

Beijos

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, those are great!

Linda said...

Wow, those look terrific!

Sweet said...

Beautiful and creative ideia!!
Just loved it!
Greetings

Sarah Jane said...

These ornaments are SO beautiful! And I love the name of your blog <3
xx

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