Colly Bird PDF pattern for a hand sewn wool felt ornament

Colly Bird PDF pattern for a hand sewn wool felt ornament




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This is a PDF pattern download, not the actual ornament! This is a pattern only and does not include materials. This pattern is written in English.

Pattern no. 4 - Colly Bird (or Calling Bird from the modern carol)
This detailed pattern shows you how to make colorful embroidered wool felt colly bird ornaments. Perfect for your Christmas tree or for special handmade gifting. The ornaments are sewn entirely by hand. Choose your own colors, or use my color guides found here:

I’ve always loved the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song, so I designed this series of hand sewn folk ornaments for each of the twelve days, based on the original carol from 1780. The order is a bit different towards the end from the modern song*, and day four is colly bird, an old English term for blackbird. (Calling bird was substituted in later.) Read more about the series here on my blog:

*A supplement pattern, Modern Numbering, is now available in my shop to easily re-number the patterns 9-12 to match the modern song, if you so prefer! (None other is needed, because the original and modern carol are numbered the same up through number 8, Maid a-Milking.)

The 13-page Colly Bird pattern prints on 8.5 x 11 letter sized paper and features:

5.5 x 3.5 inch wool felt colly bird ornament with embroidery
4 inch hanging loop
Neat, professionally drawn, actual-sized pattern pieces that do not overlap
Step-by-step instructions with clear, professionally drawn diagrams
Color sample photos
Resources section with stitching diagrams, tips, and supply links

This pattern PDF will be available for INSTANT DOWNLOAD once your payment is completed! You will get an automatic email from Etsy with your download links.

Materials used to make these ornaments are commonly available. They include: Sulky/Pellon stabilizer, wool or wool-blend felts, embroidery floss, cotton pipe cleaner, unfinished wood bead, and stuffing. A complete list of materials is in the photo of the pattern page above. Zoom to read through it.

HOW HARD ARE THESE TO MAKE? If you can do precision cutting, basic hand stitches (running stitch, whipstitch, backstitch and French knot) and are familiar with sewing and embroidery terms, then you can make this project and make it well!

HERE'S WHY: this pattern utilizes a Sulky brand water-soluble stabilizer which makes putting the ornament together easy, fast and accurate. Simply print or copy the pattern to the stabilizer, adhere it to the felt, and embroider right on the lines.

NO TEDIOUS PATTERN TRACING OR EMBROIDERY TRANSFER. Fantastic! (If you can't use the Sulky stabilizer, I've also included instructions for that.)

This pattern is in PDF format on 8.5 x 11 paper, so you can print it from your regular printer at home on standard paper and stabilizer, as many times as you need for personal use.

NOTE: This decoration has small parts and may present a choking hazard. This is not an ornament project designed for children under the age of three.

COTTAGE INDUSTRY SELLERS: If you are a home sewer, YES, it is OK to make and sell items from this pattern as long as you credit me for the pattern. No mass production allowed. Please check my policies page for details.

This pattern is ©2015 Larissa Holland, all rights reserved. Do not distribute or publish any portion of the pattern. Purchasing the pattern does not transfer you the copyright. It is unlawful to copy and resell this pattern. Thanks for respecting the copyright!

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Robert Gower May 1, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Loved this pattern. So many ideas. Won't be able to make just one!

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lalulatracy Oct 13, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Loved making this , perfect pattern instructions, , it turned out beautifully x

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Fran Parnell Jan 16, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This is my fourth 12 Days of Christmas pattern, and just like the first three, it is fantastic. The patterns are so clearly explained that even a sewing novice like me can sail through them without a hitch, and the finished items are so pretty I can hardly believe I made them. Larissa is brilliant.

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Patricia Jenkins Nov 3, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Another lovely pattern to stitch through the song with. Love them all and can't wait to see what comes next!!

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