Bias Tape Birds–Vintage Applique

I’m enamored with this pair of birds.

I found them on a pillowcase I bought at an estate sale a few years ago.

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It’s just snips of ordinary half-inch bias tape appliqued to the cotton.

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A few strategic embroidery stitches complete the illustration.

I had to make a pair of birds for myself.

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I dug into my box of scrap trim (that sounds like I only have one! Ha!) and found a few pieces of bias tape to use. I couldn’t find a scrap of blue, so instead of a bluebird and a red bird, I made a pair of cardinals. The male on the right, and the less colorful female on the left.

Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone and decided to fold the bias tape in half.

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First I tacked down the green for the branch but was not happy the little stitches are still visible. So I found matching embroidery floss and used an embroidered back stitch to stitch down the birds.

Since my birds are much smaller than the originals I wasn’t able to put as many details on their heads, but I think it works.

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I can’t decide what to do with them now so they are still living in this little embroidery hoop.  I didn’t trim the green bias tape in case they need a longer branch when I find a permanent home for them.

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I just love finding old linens, don’t you?

Any suggestions on what I should do with them now?



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tami
    Oct 19, 2017 @ 08:33:27

    I love these birds Jan!! You did a great job recreating them. I really like the folk art feel of them. I think they would look great as a wall hanging. I don’t know how many hoops you have or if they are expensive, but it would look very whimsical just finished right on the hoop using that as a frame. 😀



  2. Jan
    Oct 19, 2017 @ 10:38:08

    Thanks, Tami.
    Embroidery hoops are not expensive, and I have TONS of them. Not many that cute little oval shape, but plenty enough. Somehow I see these birdies off in the corner of something and not the main event… maybe quilted down to another surface.
    I’ve been playing with the notion of making other things out of shaped bias tape. Maybe a flower garden in the foreground? Some butterflies and a caterpillar?
    Like I need another hobby.



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