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And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

I’m running out of time to get in all my Christmas posts!  So this weekend I’m sharing two ornaments I’ve made recently.  I actually meant to give these as gifts, but that obviously didn’t happen!  Maybe next year… or maybe these will just be for us.  They sure do look cute nestled in our tree 😉

First up: Birds of Peace!

I’ve been working on these little bird ornaments on and off for the past week or so.

They’re a little fiddly, so about 45 minutes per session was as much time as my patience would allow.

I don’t have any pictures of the process, because Purl Bee has a great tutorial (with a printable PDF for the templates) that shows all the steps much better than I could!  The only problem I had was the blithe assumption that I know how to do a “slip stitch”…which I certainly did not know how to do!  But now I do–with the help of another Google search.

But even without the tutorial in front on you, the idea is pretty simple–cut out two bird shapes out of fabric and one out of batting, then four wing shapes out of fabric and two out of batting.  I used a charm pack of holiday fabric, and chose red fabric for the bird bodies and green for the wings.  Sew the bird bodies right sides together, then the wings, leaving a couple inches open.  Turn them right side out, and add the batting.  Slip stitch each shape close (I used this tutorial to learn how!); include the ribbon when you sew up the bird.  Attach the wings with an “x” of thread.

Voila!

I love my cheery little flock of birds!

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2 thoughts on “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

  1. Adorable! I’m glad I’m not the only one who had to Google “slip stitch” when I saw it in a project’s directions… hehehe. I love how you’re making so many ornaments this year. Merry Christmas!

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