I've had a straw wreath at home for about 2 years now...The shame!! I bought it on a whim, hoping an angel would come down from heaven and show me what to do with it...
Since I've discovered the wonderful world of crafts, I have been looking at the world with new "crafter's" eyes :) Everything I see "speaks" to me in ways that they never did before. The first snow fall, a bird singing, my lounge curtains, a piece of rubbish in the streets...The world has new meaning and the possibilities are endless!
So with this new approach to life and after a light bulb moment, I decide to tackle my long forgotten straw wreath, and breathe new life onto it!
Since I had all the materials at home (the pine cones were free, courtesy of my gorgeous pine trees), I did not spend a penny! :)
It looked really simple and rustic. I was aiming for a wreath I could use all year around, and not just at Christmas time. So I am planning to take the red bow off and hang it in the hall.
Although it looked just how I wanted, I think it was missing something to make it more festive....
Enter.... the Bird! What else? :)
I had previously made a sweet little bird using a pattern for a bluebird, but it wasn't quite what I wanted, so I made my own pattern to make it look more like a Xmas robin :)
I also made it in felt instead of fabric.
Robin Pattern (enlarge photo and use as template)
To make the plush felt robin:
- Fold a piece of brown felt in half and draw the bird body following the pattern, so you end up with 2 pieces attached at the fold-line.
- Cut the pattern for the chest once, from red felt.
- Pin the chest piece to the body starting at the dot on the neck (see the pattern for details)
- Starting at the back of the head, stitch by hand using any embroidery stitch you like. Click here for a link to know more about embroidery stitches.
- Just before closing, fill the bird with pollyfill. Sew on sequins or beads for the eyes.
- Attach the robin to the wreath using hot glue.
This pattern was my 3rd attempt....If you have a better one, please let me know?