These use a pattern from Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle and are made of felt with embroidery. I used stencils for the words ‘Joy’ and ‘Love’ and hand embroidered flowers using a variety of stitches – satin, oyster, stem, french knot, etc. I used a stamp pad with sand colored ink to make the white birds a bit antique-looking.
Here are more birds that I made following the spool sewing pattern. I used felt for the body and cotton fabric for the underside. I embroidered the front and added a bead for the eye.
Here are some mini birds that will make nice ornaments. I made poinsettia flowers using oyster stitches and french knots.
To give you an idea of scale, my hubby photographed my first three softies together. Note that the dog sits on a standard pin cushion.
Using the free pattern from Spool Sewing, I created this softie from felt and embellished it with embroidery. The inspiration for the stitching came from Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray.
This is my first bird softie and is unfinished (still open at the top) because I’m considering sewing a ribbon hanger at the top and adding a satin-stitched or seed bead eye. When it is done, I’ll post the photo on the Flickr Spool Bird Softies group.
I am also considering making Christmas-themed birds with holiday embroidery on it. If you have ideas, please post a comment and share! I am an embroidery and softie novice and appreciate any ideas/advice.