DIY Projects & Crafts Holiday Crafts Christmas Crafts Fabric Bird Tree Topper Fabric birds tending gold-leaf eggs make a peaceful scene atop your Christmas tree. Give life to their shapes with colorful feathers and beaded trim. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on June 4, 2019 Share Tweet Pin Email What You'll Need Materials Similar fancy fabrics in contrasting colors and textures (we used brocade, velvet, and wide ribbon), from bandjfabrics.com Polyester stuffing Similar strung glass seed beads (#94364956), by Blue Moon, from createforless.com Beading needle (#34073645), from createforless.com Curved upholstery needle (#65011152), by Dritz, from createforless.com Similar feathers (#60732497), from createforless.com White craft glue Black glass seed beads (#54932102), by Mill Hill, from createforless.com 20-gauge floral wire (#01493122), from createforless.com Gold-leafed or spray painted eggs Similar nest (#09765871), from createforless.com Felt bird template Instructions Using our templates and enlarging them to 200 percent on a photocopier, cut out two body pieces, four wing pieces, and one breast piece. Sew two sides of the body together leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, right sides facing, beginning at the tail, over the back, and ending on the throat, at the point indicated by the line on the template, leaving the bottom open.Sew breast fabric inside out to the body beginning at this line: First lift up one side of body, and stitch breast in place along entire lower half of body; then, on other side, sew from the line for about an inch, and leave a gap of one inch or so before joining the rest of body to breast fabric. (Don't completely join the two lines of stitching at tail; leave a small hole to insert feathers.)Use gap to turn fabric right-side out: Place head between your thumb and forefinger, and gently separate the two pieces of fabric; poke your finger through gap and inside head, and begin to turn fabric right-side out; push head toward gap with a thin, rounded object like a chopstick, until head emerges from gap.Beginning at head, fill bird with stuffing. Repeat sewing process for wings, which are also sewn together with right sides facing. A similar gap is left on wings to turn them right-side out, but they're not filled. Don't attach wings to body until step 4. Transfer the strung beads to the beading needle threaded with string in a color matching fabric. Use the curved upholstery needle to sew alongside beads, crossing over every third bead with thread: Begin sewing beads to the body at the tail, running over the beak and to the breast, where beads will branch to one side of the breast fabric, and end at the tail.Sew restrung beads along unbeaded side of the breast by the same method, and also along edges of wings. Knot string at the end of the restrung beads to prevent them from slipping off. Transfer the strung beads to the beading needle threaded with string in a color matching fabric. Use the curved upholstery needle to sew alongside beads, crossing over every third bead with thread: Begin sewing beads to the body at the tail, running over the beak and to the breast, where beads will branch to one side of the breast fabric, and end at the tail.Sew restrung beads along unbeaded side of the breast by the same method, and also along edges of wings. Knot string at the end of the restrung beads to prevent them from slipping off.Bunch together the tips of feathers; glue them to a small triangle of fabric. Dab glue in tail-feather hole, and insert feathers. Sew restrung beads around tail. Thread the bead eyes through the head several times, knotting off the end of thread. Sew the wings to the body; using the curved upholstery needle, sew downward from the top underside of the wing to the bottom middle of wing. Don't sew the back half of the wing to the body.To make the claw, transfer the black beads to the floral wire; when you've transferred several inches of beads, begin looping wire to form three claws (each formed again into smaller loops at top of claw to keep beads from slipping), as shown in progress here. Leave the wire open at the ends of the two legs to poke into the bird, and position leg. Repeat for second leg.