Monday, June 24, 2013

Mixed Media Monday - How to make a Quilted Bird - Spellbinders Media Mixage

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Being a creative person also means I'm a packrat. I hate to throw ANYTHING away because I might need it, or I have attached memories to it. One solution I have to holding on to this memorable junque is to up-cycle and re-cycle it into something new. I have a couple quilts from my Grandmas that are over 100 years old, well loved and in shreds. They really needed to be trashed, but I couldn't bear to part with them. Repurposing them into something new keeps the memories alive and gives them new purpose and meaning. The die templates from the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ line are just the perfect size to create mini treasures from these small bits and pieces.
Project Dimensions: Quilted birds approximately 2" wide and about 3" tall on the stand

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
MD2-011 Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Birds One
MD1-005 Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts One
Quilt or fabric scraps
Small amount Fiberfill or batting
Thread (contrasting color)
20 gauge wire
Small cork
Small wooden spool
Decorative paper (i.e., dictionary pages)
Embellishments of choice (buttons, small charms, etc.)
Tacky glue
Wire cutters

Cut two birds from the #2 die (with #1 being the smallest) Note: Cut One bird on the right (patterned) side of the fabric and one on the back side of fabric. You should have two birds facing each other.

Place birds together with right sides facing out.
Beginning at bottom, stitch around bird with a running stitch. Leave bottom open about ½" inch.

Stuff with fiberfill and stitch opening closed.

Decorate and embellish spool as desired.
Cut a length of wire and press into cork to create hole.
Glue cork to spool and allow to dry.
Insert wire between stitches on bottom of bird. Glue to secure.
Trim wire to desired length and insert into cork. Glue to secure.

Designer Tip: These would make adorable place card holders for a country wedding or baby shower, each guest could take them home as a little party favor! Spritz with essential oils to create a sweet mini sachet. Use the #2 heart from the MD1-005 Hearts One template to create quilted hearts.

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