Hi everyone, it’s Audrey again, back with another holiday project idea featuring fabulous Tim Holtz dies from the latest Chapter 4 release.

I am all about sharing handmade gifts at the holidays, and one of my favourite gifts to give is ornaments. Love that ornaments are collected and brought out each year to decorate the tree, or add a little festive touch to any nook or cranny. They really do build memories that last a lifetime. Today I have a cute fabric bird ornament tutorial to share that was made with the adorable Patchwork Bird Bigz die. Because, of course, Bigz dies are perfect for cutting out fabric. Let’s take a closer look.

Sizzix Dies: Patchwork Bird, Deck the Halls
Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Distress Kraft Stock Cardstock
Ranger Distress Oxide Spray: Peeled Paint
Ranger Distress Sprayer
DMC Embroidery Floss
Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Adhesive
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Wool, Canvas Fabric, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing, Beacon Stiffen Stuff, Black Seed Bead, Twine





  1. To begin, gather two colors of heavy-duty fabric such as wool or felt, and a small piece of sturdy black canvas fabric for the feet. You will need enough fabric to die cut the entire bird die two times from one fabric, and just once from the second fabric. If you’re using a fabric like wool that easily frays when cut, be sure to spray the fabric with a fabric stiffener spray before die cutting. If spray is used, let the fabric dry completely before moving on.


  1. Die cut the bird die two times from fabric #1, and one time from fabric #2. Cut off the feet from the wool die cut birds. Die cut just the feet from the black canvas fabric. Glue the feet to the main body of the bird using fabric adhesive. This will become the backing to the ornament. Add the die cut layers to the second full bird, using a little more fabric adhesive to help hold things in place.


  1. Add embroidery stitching to the bird body, if desired. But not to worry… the finished ornament looks fabulous without, too. Either glue or stitch a black seed bead into the opening for the eye.


  1. Layer all the bird pieces together, lining up the edges on each. Stitch around the edge of the bird, leaving a small opening for adding a bit of polyfill fiber stuffing before sewing all the way closed. The stuffing will add some rounded dimension to the finished ornament. Add a twine loop to the top of the bird’s back for a hanger. Tie an additional piece of twine around the bird’s neck, tying the ends into a bow on the right side.




  1. Spray a scrap piece of watercolor cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Spray, and then spray the paper with water using a Distress Sprayer. Allow the paper to dry completely. Die cut the holly leaves from the oxide paper. Die cut the second and third layers of the holly leaves from sanded Kraft Stock cardstock.


  1. Assemble all of the leaves using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Ink the edges of the leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool. Slightly bend the holly leaves along the middle spine. Tuck the leaves under the bow, gluing them in place with the Multi Medium Matte.


  1. Your handstitched bird ornament is now finished!



Add your bird ornament to the bow of your holiday boxes and bags, and you have an instant gift and beautifully decorated package, all in one. Enjoy!

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