I stitched these designs in white onto red felt and made pillow ornaments. Lots of fun to make!
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.
I made these gingerbread ornaments from felt, using Elsie Marley’s pattern/instructions at http://elsiemarley.wordpress.com/2007/12/19/pattern-for-a-half-eaten-gingerbread-man/
Thanks for the inspiration, Elsie!
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.