This free pattern for a material Christmas tree bird is easy to make at home and includes a template and quick video at the end. It can be sewn on a machine or hand stitched making it a unique ornament or gift.
Try experimenting with different contrasting fabrics for the body and wings. There are so many beautiful Christmas fabrics to choose from. As this doesn’t require much fabric you can save money by buying flats (smaller pieces of different fabrics bundled together.)
- 1 Piece of fabric 32 cm (13 inch) by 12 cm (5 inch) or 16 cm (7 inch) by 25 cm (10 inch) for the body
- 1 Piece of fabric 20 cm (8 inch) by 20 cm (8 inch) or 40cm (16 inch) by 10 cm (4 inch) for the wings
- Ribbon 15 cm (6 inch) to 20 cm (8 inch) long
- Matching thread
- Wadding (Paid link)
- 2 Beads for the eyes (Paid link)
- Template – Free Material Christmas Tree Bird Template
- Scissors (Paid link)
- Poker (Use the end of a brush)
- Sewing Machine (optional)
Time needed: 2 hours.
Material Christmas Tree Bird Instructions
- Cut Out Template
First cut out the template then iron the two pieces of fabric. Place the body on the wrong side of the first fabric then trace around. Turn the template over then trace around the other side so you will have two opposing sides.
- Trace Out the Pieces
On the wrong side of the other fabric trace around the wing twice. Turn the template over then trace around two more times. Cut out all of the pieces.
- Pin the Pieces Together
Next put the right sides together of the body and the two wings then pin.
- Sew Leaving a Gap
Either hand sew or sew on a machine around the outside of each piece with a ¼ inch 5 mm seam. Remember to leave a gap.
- Turn Inside Out then Press
Cut triangles in the seam around the curves then turn inside out. Use the end of a brush to push out the seams then use a needle to pull out the points. Iron each piece.
- Stuff the Pieces
Stuff each piece with wadding using the end of the brush to push it into the points.
- Hand Sew the Gaps Closed
Place the ends of the ribbon inside the body. Hand sew the gap closed making sure the ribbon is sewn in straight.
Hand sew the gap closed on both of the wings stitching on the inside of the hem to prevent the stitching from being seen.
- Quilt the Tail
Next sew from the base of the tail to the end of the tail four times using the template as a guide. This gives a quilted look to the tail and gives the impression of feathers. It doesn’t matter if you don’t follow the template exactly on this as no two birds are the same!
- Attach the Wings
Sit one wing on the side of the body using the template as a guide. Hold it firmly while hand stitching the underside of the wing to the body. Stitch right around then tie off.
Place the other wing on the other side making sure it lines up with the first wing. Hold firmly while you stitch it onto the body.
- Attach the Bead Eyes
Using thread that matches your beads put the needle through the head to line up the eyes. When you are happy with the placement sew a bead on both sides.
If you are sewing the seam on a sewing machine remember to put the feed dogs (the thin metal strips below the needle) down to allow for free sewing around the curves.
For more creative inspiration try these Craft Ideas.
Are you looking for a basic sewing machine? Try this top rated Brother Sewing Machine from Amazon. (Paid link)
To save or print this free pattern and template for a material Christmas Tree Bird, here is the PDF Version.
If you would like to purchase this bird or see my other Christmas decorations I have for sale, visit my etsy shop Caraway Keepsakes.
Do you love Christmas? Try this free pattern for a Christmas Tree Star.
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