Christmas Birds

We just had our annual Christmas workshop in the Tilda studio and this year we made lovely Christmas birds.
They are quite easy to make and great for a workshop if you do some preparations.

christmas-birds

The body is sewn, and we had pre-sewn bodies for our workshop.
Here is the christmas-bird-pattern

You will need:
Cardboard or a plastic sheet for templates
Pen
Fabric for the body, wings, tail and beak.
Filling for the body
Flower stick for turning
Needle and thread
Thin cardboard for wings, tail and beak
Fast drying craft glue
Small sharp scissors
Purls for eyes
String, thin metal wire or thin ribbon

Make sure you have a needle with a head small enough to go trough the small purls you choose for eyes.

First you need to make cardboard or plastic templates for all the pattern pieces, then iron the body fabric right sides together and trace the body onto the fabric using the body template.
Sew on the line and leave an opening for turning as shown in the pattern.

(Sewing the bodies is all the preparations we did for the workshop in addition to making all the necessary materials available.
We also printed out a pattern for each participant so they could make their own templates for wings, tail and beak.)

Cut around the body shape approximately 4 mm or 0,3In outside the seam and use the flower stick to turn the body.
Fill the body and tack the opening shot.

Glue fabric onto thin cardboard and trace two mirrored wings, a tail and a beak on the back using your templates.
Cut the pieces out with small sharp scissors.
Fold the tail a little on the middle so that it’s easy to glue it onto the bird. Glue the wings onto each side, and fold the beak before you glue that on.
Sew small purls on as eyes.

To hang the birds you can use a thin metal wire, string or thin ribbon.
The birds are cute as decor on the Christmas tree or on your wrapped gifts.

A home for Christmas

We had so much fun building a home for our Tilda friends using what we found around the studio.
The house in it self is an old cupboard and although the ceiling is a bit low it works perfectly.

Quirky is good in our opinion, and everything doesn’t  have to be the perfect size.
This is such a great project to create with kids, and Tilda friends are approved for children all ages.
Why not start looking for the perfect vintage cupboard house and small quirky items. Perhaps your Tilda Friends will have a home for Christmas.

Oh, this would actually be a perfect Christmas calendar project for a lucky child, receiving one small item a day. Why didn’t we think of that before….

tilda-friends-home

The cake is made out of the bottom of a plastic cup, first covered with fabric and then decorated with ribbon buttons and pieces of striped straws as candles.
The doll quilt and tablecloth is sewn using 2,5 in squares.
An old stool is the perfect table, and eggcups perfect doll cups. The kitchen counter is a Tilda fat quarter box turned on the side.

Maybe you can find a tiny Christmas tree outside, use oasis to put it in an old porcelain cup and decorate with purls buttons and ribbon. It’s easy to get a bit carried away, you might need a bigger cupboard or a wardrobe.

cake-and-quilt

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