Monday, December 6, 2010

Lavender filled doves

We put up our tree at the weekend, and it looked quite bare. Rather than buy new Christmas tree decorations, I decided to make my own. Fabric birds tend to be quite popular at the moment, so I chose to make some fabric doves!

The Christmas fabric which I also used for my Christmas cards this year, is a thrifted material purchased in August from an op shop.

The pink reverse of the bird is silk material leftover from a clothing refashion.

I drew the bird freehand onto newspaper, and cut it out to use as a template. You know the ribbon that you find stitched to the inside your skirts, or strapless tops under the armpits to help hang them onto a clothes hanger? Well I always cut them off because I find them annoying. I save them though, and used some of these for the ribbon to hang the doves from the tree!

I stuffed my little birds with soft toy poly fill I had in my craft kit, but also some dried lavender, to make them smell nice. Pinking shears were used around the outside of the machine stitched bird.

The owl circle tags you also see on the tree are made by Michelle at Paper Tree Design. I purchased a pack earlier in the year..really cute arent they? Also made from recycled materials.


  1. Hi, your little birds look so amazing! Wish I could sew. Thanks so much for showing my tags - they look really good on the tree.
    Hope you are having a great week. Michelle

  2. LOVE these... especially how you put lavender inside... instead of packing away in a box for the year till next Xmas I love that you could put these in amongst your clothes for the lavender smell & natural lavender pest repellant.