Requirements• 2 x 2 inch strips and 1 x 2 inch strip, cut across the width of a fat quarter• Co-ordinating stranded cottons• Cotton sewing thread• Long needle and pin/s• Small pliers – optional (but very useful)• Buttons (2 holed) – 1 for hanger, 2 heart buttons for beak, 4 small heart buttons for feet, 2 for eyes• Hanging thread or ribbon
Fold 2 inch strips in half lengthways and press.
Open strips and fold outer edges in to meet centre crease. Do this for both edges.
Repeat for 3 strips. Press.
Fold 3 strips in half again and press.
This next step requires another pair of hands ORanchor the 3 ends firmly to a table top or surface with tape OR Hold firmly in a fixed position
With your helper holding the ends OR with ends held firmly in place,Plait or Braid thethree fabric strips together tightly.
...right to the other end. Hold ends tightly.
Using the stranded cotton, tie both ends very tightly to hold in place.Tie one end ¼ in from the white selvage edges. Tie the other approx an 1 1/2in from the end.
Trim selvage ends onlyto within ¼ inch of tied end.
Starting at the trimmed end, roll braid tightly on a flat surface using a long pin to hold in place as you go...
..until it is completely rolled to‘un-trimmed’ end. Do not trim.
Hold in place with a long pin and using a long needle stitch all braids together until they are firm.A small pair of long nose pliers are a great help to feed needle through tight fabric layers.
Next, take the ‘beak’ heart buttons and using stranded thread, stitchtogether, ending with both threads coming through, in between the top centre of buttons. Leave ends of thread attached.(If you’d rather not fiddle this way, simply glue buttons together and glue beak to body instead.)
Stitch and hold (heart) beak in position as shown. Stitch and tuck away ends, so they cannot be seen. Glue beak in positionif preferred or add for extra hold after stitching. Hanger Stitch hanging thread through top of topbraid. Bring both ends through.
Using the hanger button, thread the hanging thread or ribbon through the 2 button holes. Tie a knot at the button and tie at top to your chosen hanging length.
The next step is attaching the legs and feet. Using 2 strands of thread, stitch through bottom braidonce only and tie a knot, 1 inch from body on both ends
Open leg threads out...
..and feed 2 small heart buttons onto both strands for each leg, as shown. Tie off directly under buttons for each leg and slip legs through body to position.
Attach eye buttons with glue or thread.Trim and snip tail feathers to chosen lengths and your little Braided Birdie is complete! Enjoy
Use this tute as a guide.. and with your ownimagination and the different materials you have on hand... make your own unique little bird ornament. Each one will be different. (My little bird has a painted eye presently as I haven’t yet found exactly what I need.)I’m sure this idea will change and improve themore we make. I also think this little guy would be fun made with scraps. Have fun!!! Robyn xx