Hi everyone! Today's ornament is another sewing project - a sweet little cashmere cardinal. So luxurious! Last year, I bought a bunch of wool and cashmere sweaters at the thrift store and felted them. I didn't realize the cashmere would shrink, but wouldn't really turn very felt-y. What I did end up with, though, was the perfect material to make a super soft little bird! Here's how I made it:
Begin by cutting two cardinals from felt or other fabric using Tim Holtz's Christmas Cardinal die. Mask off the eye area in a triangle shape and paint with Distress paint. The felt didn't want to hold on the the paint well, so after the paint was dry, I also sponged the area with Archival ink. Repeat for the other bird, but on the opposite side.
When dry, stitch on black beads for eyes. Next, join the pieces by top stitching them together, leaving the bottom open for stuffing. This is a bit tricky because the die cut is so small. Take your time, and don't worry if it's a little wonky - it's homemade! Stuff the bird, using a pencil to get the stuffing into the small spaces. When your bird is sufficiently plump, hand stitch the opening closed.
Most of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order.