Primitive Grunged Crows/Ravens and Bats — Addition #3 to original article
No Witches’ ornie collection would be complete without flapping bats, flying ravens, and squawking crows! Here are my two newest patterns for you to enjoy:
I took the Black Cat pattern and expanded it. Top stitching after you turn the bat right side out (and before you stuff) adds a lot of character to the end result. The bats wings actually look leathery. These bats have sparkle, glue on eyes.
You only need to cut out one wing per bird (front and back), which folds over the body of the bird. For variety, you could also make two wings, and attach them on either side. I hate sewing through painted fabric (such a pain), so I contemplated long and hard on how I would attach the wing. I decided to paint and grunge the body and wing separately, then affixed the wing on the back of the bird with Liquid Stitch Glue. To hold the wing in place while drying, I wrapped the bird in rubber bands. I tightly pack the stuffing in all my ornies, so using the rubber bands worked; however, if you have only lightly stuffed your bird, he may crinkle during the drying process if you use the rubber bands.
To distinguish the crows from the ravens, simply paint the beak orange/yellow (for crow). Notice, in the following picture, the ravens do not have the wing attachment.
Notice you can definitely change the personality of the bird by moving a line here and there when sewing. On this pattern, I have shown two different areas where you can leave an opening for stuffing the bird. If you use the wing on your design, then leave the opening on the top of the bird. This way, your closure will be hidden when the bird is completed. Some stitchers choose to cut a slit on the back of their ornies, stuff through there, and then sew up. I think this looks messier; but, then it is probably my own skill level — lol.
I do hope you enjoy these two new patterns! And yes, I have been doing other things, like continually attempting to arrange and clean my craft room — still working on it!
Peace with Gods
Peace with Nature
- Fat Cat Ornie Pattern (Addition One to Tutorial) (silverravenwolf.wordpress.com)
- The Doll Whisperer – How to Make Ornies and Shelf Sitters – Hearts, Stars, and Piggies – Patterns and Instructions Included (silverravenwolf.wordpress.com)