Jacquelynne Steves

Patchwork Bird Ornament

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament Tutorial | JacquelynneSteves.com

Today, I am sharing a project which is a great way to use up all of your fabric scraps. If you are in a hurry, you can also skip the patchwork step and use a single piece of fabric. I used “modern Christmas brights” for this- dark pink-ish red, lime-y green, and turquoise. Obviously, it would be equally adorable with a traditional palette, or muddy primitives, or how about some old-fashioned Civil War reproduction fabrics?! Or mix in some metallics? Fabulous!

Makes a cute ornament or gift adornment. Or, fill it with lavender for a sachet. What other uses can you think of?

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the directions and patterns.

Patchwork Bird Ornament Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Scraps of fabric
  • Polyester filling/stuffing
  • 1/8″ ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • For the eye: a tiny button, seed bead, or thread (such as embroidery thread or wool thread) to make a French knot

Print out and cut out pattern pieces.

To make the patchwork version, piece together scraps of fabric until you get a piece about 5 x 9” big.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

For the bird’s body: For the patchwork version, place you patchwork piece right sides together with a plain piece of fabric. For the plain bird, place 2 pieces of fabric right sides together, pin pattern to fabric. Cut out around pattern. Remove pattern piece. Pin fabric pieces together.

Sew the pieces together (still right sides together) with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening as indicated on pattern piece. Backstitch at beginning and ending of stitching.

Hint for sewing around curves- shorten your stitch length, and as you go around the curves, go slowly and stop every few stitches to lift the foot just slightly and pivot the fabric slightly.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Clip seam allowance at points of tail and beak. Make a few small notches at the curves. This will eliminate some “bulk” of the fabric and make your seams flatter when you turn it right side out.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Turn bird right side out. You can use tweezers to help pull tight areas right side out. Use a wooden skewer to gently push out the points of tail and beak. Press (press the raw edges of the opening in.)

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Loosely stuff bird with polyester filling. Use a wooden skewer to push filling into head and tail. Hint: stuff bird with many small pieces of filling, instead of a few large pieces. Hand stitch opening closed with matching thread. Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

For wing, place 2 pieces of fabric right sides together, pin pattern to fabric and cut out. Remove pattern piece. Sew together (do not leave an opening.) Trim seam allowances.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Carefully cut a slit about 1 1/4″ long into 1 side of the wing.

Turn right side out; press. Stitch opening closed and/or put a few drops of Fray Check on the raw edges.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Use embroidery floss to stitch around edges of wing- you can do a blanket stitch, whip stitch, or make an X stitch. To make the X stitch, bring up needle through A, bring it around to the back, then bring it up through B (to the right of A). Continue making X’s.

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

Use matching thread to stitch wing to bird (you don’t have to stitch down the whole wing, just the top.)

Christmas Patchwork Bird Ornament | JacquelynneSteves.com

 

For the eye, sew on a tiny button, seed bead, or make a French knot.

Tie a bow around the neck with 1/8″ wide ribbon.

Use a sewing needle to attach a 12″ piece of embroidery thread to top of bird; knot to form a loop for hanging.

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113 Comments

  • Cecilia
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I’m like you, I like all of the colorways. I really like the new color combinations with the lime green and pink. Thanks for the tutorial and pattern for the bird ornament.

  • Diana K. Carofano
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Enjoy your blog everyday. Love all the great projects on this blog hop. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Debra Neiman
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    I like the blues and white or gold. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    I think I love white and red, but really it changes every year a bit. Such a lovely birdie, thanks so much for the tuto and pattern.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I mainly have the traditional red and green Christmas fabrics. Last year I was lucky and found some with Australian animals on it and made a hexagon table runner.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I like a country look with muted blue, red, green and cream. Give me plaids and I am a happy gal.

  • Donna
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I love to make my own ornaments, and I like greens reds and brights.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Lee
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    I love red and white – I am a Scandinavian girl :) Love the birdie and thank you for the tutorial!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    What a sweet little bird! I decorate for Christmas is all colours. Thanks for the lovely giveaways.

  • Joyce Mitchell
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    I prefer the traditional red/green – thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win.

  • Carol F.
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I have an eclectic color scheme for Christmas…so I control the color madness by decorating each room differently. I love color! I tend to keep the traditional reds and greens with my woodsy decorations and then the rainbow of colors everywhere else!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    I’m traditional, lol, red and white with greens! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    What a cute bird, thank you! I love traditional colors… mostly, but a bit of silver, purple and blue is nice also :)

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. It’s sew cute!
    My favorite colors are bright reds, silver and greens.

  • jacqueline
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I am more traditional in my color choice.. Not the bright red and green as much as a softer ruby red and yellow green. Ah to be honest I have a little of it all. LOL

    Thanks for a chance

  • Margaret Schindler
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I have to say I make most everything in traditional colors of reds and greens for Christmas. I love all the other combinations that people use but it would not fit in my house with all the red and green. I guess I could go modern where anything goes. Thanks for sharing Love reading your blog

  • Sharon Buford
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    My colors are pinks, burgandy, and silver. I like poinsettias and traditional decorations with a modern twist.

  • Peggy C
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I prefer traditional bright reds and greens. They just seem so cheery.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I have always loved traditional Red and Green, but also love to use white. It is so stunning and elegant :-)

  • judy
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    My favorite tradition is watching Elf on Christmas eve with family. Family, popcorn,cookies, hot chocolate and waiting for Santa. What could be better?

  • Lisa McGriff
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    My Christmas tree is traditional Red and Green but…. When I do any kind of sewing project I always lean towards the Red/Pink/Lime Green/Aqua colors. I like bright happy colors…not dark and drab…

  • LisaT
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I seem to vary each year. Sometimes its the tradition red and green, then maybe red/white. The next year might be a snow theme with blue and white. It’s nice to be able to switch it up with our moods! Thanks!

  • Bonnie
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Love the scrappiness. Thanks so much for sharing

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Mix of traditional with some modern thrown in!! I love Christmas !! Love the little bird project!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I tend to bounce around with preferences. One day could be novelty/whimsical and the next thing a much more traditional and subdued.
    Like you, I like all fabrics =)

  • Lisa Marie
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Most of the things I’ve had for years are traditional red and green. But lately I’m loving the brighter color schemes — especially the lime greens and aquas mixed with reds. So I’ll decorate with a happy mix of all of it.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful give away! If you send international I want to join.I am traditional so my favorite colors for Christmas is red, green and white.
    Marit Johanne in Norway

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I like a modern color scheme for Christmas.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    What a cute little bird!!! There will definitely be one of those on my tree this year – and if I have time they will be gifted to some of my sewing buddies too :*) My favorite Christmas colors lately are the more modern lime green, aqua & cranberry reds – yum!!!

  • Brenda Hulsey
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I tend to go more with the maroon or burgundy colors for my Christmas.

  • Teresa Knittingdancer
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I go toward the traditional colors: red, gold, silver, blue, green with some purple and pink throw in the mix.

  • Sandy K
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I like the traditional colors. Love your bird.

  • Vicki H
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I tend to decorate with the traditional red and green with some white thrown into the mix as well.

  • Janice
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I tend to change it out every year. Last year I was very gold and silver, this year I am going very old fashioned.

  • Gina S.
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Blue and sliver

  • Annmarie
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I tend to use traditional red & green holiday fabrics when making Christmasy things, although I have made a silver & gold table topper in the past. Great fun this week seeing everyone’s projects. Thanks.

  • Quilting Tangent
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Traditional.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I tend to stay with the traditional red and green. Some of it is bright like a table runner I made. Some is muted like the tree skirt I made.

  • LINDA
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    HELLO,love the traditional red+green+white!
    Thanks for your inspiration!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • Joyce Carter
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I love the traditional colors of red/green, but I also like gold and blue. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    what a cute bird. thanks for the tutorial. I am a red and green girl when it comes to Christmas with a bit of sliver and gold thrown in

  • Lisa
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I love all colors, especially homespun/country colors for the holidays…burnt reds and brownish blues.
    I love the bird tutorial…and everything here in general!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is aqua and silver

  • Michele T
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Funny you should ask that… we have been changing colours all the time!! This year our tree will have purple-hot pink lights with red and silver ornaments!!

  • Linda S
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Depends on the year and my mood. lol. Sometimes traditional, other times red, white & silver, one year blue green and silver. I love color, that was one reason I started quilting.

  • Tina gilley
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    My Most Favorite Christmas Palette I Royal Blue And White With A Small Touch Of Red. Thank You For Your Christmas Ornament Tutorial.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Mine is the blue and silver palette- that palette was what we had at our wedding and every year I look for fabrics in that line, as well as ornaments for us in those colors

  • Sandi
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m like you and like all color ways. Just the other day I was on a Blog and someone had an all red/white tree and it looked beautiful. Thanks for the bird pattern. It’s very cute.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Love those birds! I am a traditionalist for Christmas colours … I like the other colours but the red, green, and white are what I always use.

  • Teresa
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Red and green with a hint of gold for me.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I like most combinations, traditional and brights, my favourite this year is red and green, last year it was teal and red.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Traditional.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Traditional greens and reds, but the old-fashioned hues.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Christmas colors … green and silver! such a bird! would look great perched on my wreath!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    My holiday colors are bright and modern…I just love bright fabrics.

    Great bird ornament tutorial…thank you!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

  • Pauline gacal
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Love traditional reds and golds with some dark green. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes

  • DebrafromMD
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    You can’t beat red and green.

  • Amy C
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I love red, white, emerald green and silver and some lime green and jungle green too! But I do have some pink, light blue and even some brows in Christmas fabric which are lovely too!!

  • Gill
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the bird pattern!!
    I love traditional red and green!

  • Nancy
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I have to say I am a traditional kind of gal when it comes to Christmas. I like the red and green palate best!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I love all Christmas colors but my favorite are the deep rich green and red sometimes called vintage or farmhouse shades. They go well with rich golds and tan.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I like a more burgundy red for Christmas decorating.

  • Patricia Caldwell
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    My favorite colors for Christmas and is what I decorate is beautiful teals, purples, pink and white. I know it is a really different color scheme but I love it!

  • Maryellen
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I like the deep reds, evergreen pine and golds of traditional colors, but also love blue, silver and white snowflakes. Cute bird!! Thanks.

  • jacqueline
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I am finishing up a little wall hanging in burgundy reds and creams with a little gold as accents. I am loving these Christmas shades together.

    Thanks for a chance.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    That is just tooo cute….

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I like lime green and bright red. Love your cute little bird. Very folksy.

  • Emily C
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I used to love red and green, but my BFF sent me a white and blue Santa a few years ago. Now I love them both.

  • Judy
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Your bird is cute and look’s quick to make if you use a single piece of fabric. I pretty much stick to the traditional Christmas colors although I do like the other colors that are now being used.

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I call my color palette for Christmas eclectic whatever I feel like for the year. I need to make your bird ornament what a great way to use up some scraps.

  • Hanke
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Traditional, silver and red. Thanks for the chance!

  • Elli
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Turquoise and pink are my favorite christmas colors.

  • Rina
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    What a great tutorial, the little birds are so cute. As far as Christmas goes I love mid century mod, traditional and white with blue and silver or white and red. This year I have the vintage Aluminum Pom Pom tree with color wheel up. Next year it might be the white tree or the evergreen, I can never tell until Thanksgiving when I decide what to do.

  • Joanna
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m like all of the color combinations. I wish I could choose one color palette and go with it, but I mix them up. It works for me.

  • Jan R. Bell
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I love them all, too, but my favorite pallette (holiday or not) is shades of pinks and greens…or maybe blue and white…or reds…

  • Colleenm
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I love bright colors. The tree in our office complex is decorated with bright pinks, purples and turquoise – absolutely gorgeous! At home my son decided last year we should use blue and silver – so that’s what we have (for now)!

    I forgot to say how cute your note cards are – you are a very talented lady:)

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I love copper and gold or black and silver. There is so much that can be done with these combos. Thanks.

  • Pam
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I love silver and blue. Thanks for the bird inspiration. I love this ornament!

  • Sandy A in St. Louis
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I used to decorate with a Victorian theme, soft pinks, greens and blues. This year, though we changed things up and have gone with a metallic theme in golds, coppers, silvers and bronzes. I am loving it! Guess I was ready for a change!

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Definitely tradition. Give me some red and green!!

  • Shawn J
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I am traditional, I like the red and green, thanks.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  • Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I really love white Christmas decoration with a few read and green accents. Love the bird tutorial. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Lori Morton
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I guess my Christmas taste is kinda Traditional…don’t do a color scheme really…just what we like. Have lotsa Homemade things on it…kiddo’s & I have made, friends have given,,,

  • Dee D
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    I’m using burgundy, olive green(sort of), and gold – it’s a very pretty combination.

  • nancy D
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    I’m mostly traditional, red and greens. But lately I have been mixing in some silver.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    My kids made ornaments every year, now that they are grown I still try to keep up with tradition and make at least one a year. This would be perfect.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    I love silver with purple, but like the traditional red and gold too. DH likes traditional, so that’s what we have!

  • Mhairi
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    If I was forced to make a decision it would be Purple and Silver with green to compliment it. But the truth is that whatever my children want to use to decorate for Christmas I am happy with because I think Christmas is about the children not the perfect tree.
    I love your little bird, thanks so much for sharing it.

  • Rita S.
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I love Blue & Silver. Always have blue & silver tinsel on my tree (but NOT icicles…hate those).

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t mean to be indecisive, but I like almost all holiday palletes. I just like things to coordinate. Some years I’ve been known to do a traditional red/green in one room and blue/silver in another.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I’m a traditional red/green girl myself. However, those light blues and lime greens are creeping in there!

  • Kelly Willaims
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I really love the blues & silver. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Carol Ann Johnston
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I love to use all the colors for Christmas, but my favorite item is a blue and white snowflake tree skirt I made a few years ago

  • Sandy D
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I like all Christmas colors although lately I am drawn to the “New” colors. I took a quilt to my longarm Quilter and she thought I was out of my color box LOL. I took that as a compliment that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I love many of them, but mostly red, green and silver. I also love red and white or blue and silver together.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I like both! I have seen some gorgeous trees that are only blue and silver, yet the reds and greens make me smile!

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I am pretty traditional, even a little toward darker colors, but our home is pretty well painted in warm colors. I do like red & white together. Thanks for the fun.

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I like them all. I guess I lean more towards the traditional, but I do love blue and silver. : )It’s all beautiful!

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    BTW,I love the bird ornament!

  • Beth T.
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I am a traditionalist. I appreciate the other color combos–in someone else’s house. At our house it is red and green, with touches of yellow or gold.

  • Bonnie
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous bird. Love the scrappiness. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • patty
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    very traditional red & white

  • LeAnne L
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I’m a traditional red and green person.

  • Posted December 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I like traditional with an Up North twist–lots of pine cones and woodland critters!

  • sandy
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m a very traditional green and red person.

  • Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Traditional (red, green, gold and silver), classic, eclectic.

  • Dorothy Van Pelt
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I am a traditionalist of the red and green. I do love to look at it all. Thanks for the giveaway and the pattern. Cute bird, I can’t wait to make it.

  • DiAnn
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I am very traditional…red and green! Thank you for the tutorial!! DiAnn

  • Kathy Kauth
    Posted August 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    blue and silver

  • Mystica
    Posted December 16, 2015 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I like the traditional red and green colors for Christmas

  • Deb m
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I tend to have eclectic tastes in Christmas decor. However, I guess traditional is my favorite.

  • Marilyn Larkin
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I grew up in England, so love traditional red, green and gold for Christmas but, here in Australia the bright colours just sparkle in the sunlight, so everything for Christmas now just great.

  • Brenda Jerles
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Bright and modern with lime greens and red.

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