More bird softie ornaments!

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.P1020197

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Another Spool Sewing bird softie

P1020195Here 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.

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Here are some mini birds that will make nice ornaments. I made poinsettia flowers using oyster stitches and french knots.

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Bird softie

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.

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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.

Mini dog softie

I just bought a book on softies that is fantastic: Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey

This book is loaded with great ideas and I made my second softie following the dog pattern and embellished it with embroidery. I took the idea for the eye from the rabbit doll in Laskey’s book – it includes a seed bead.

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