Whether hung on a tree or adorning a gift, these jewel-bright embroidered decorations are a gorgeous spin on a traditional theme

Partridge Christmas craft

This hand-stitched partridge makes a wonderful Christmas tree decoration

Whether hung on a tree or adorning a gift, these jewel-bright embroidered decorations are a gorgeous spin on a traditional theme.

For one partridge and one pear you will need:

✤ Tracing paper and sharp HB pencil
✤ 30 x 15cm rectangle of bonding web
✤ 30cm square of turquoise, pink, yellow and lime-green felt
✤ Turquoise, pink, yellow and lime-green stranded cotton embroidery thread
✤ Air-erasable fabric pen
✤ Toy filling
✤ Matching sewing thread

Making paper patterns

Enlarge the partridge, comb, beak, pear, stalk and leaf patterns by 125% on a photocopier and trace off, adding the details. Cut out the patterns.

Cutting out

Cut one pair of partridge bodies, combs, beaks, outer pears, stalks and leaves from felt, referring to the photo for the colours.

Turn the partridge and pear patterns over and trace the wing, tummy, eye and inner pear on to the paper backing of a piece of bonding web.

Roughly cut out the pieces, leaving a margin around the edges. Press the bonding web pieces to felt, referring to the photo for the colours. Cut out the pieces and peel off the backing papers.

Press the tummy, wing and eye to the partridge and the inner pear to the outer pear.

Embroidering the partridge

1 On one body, embroider stars on the tummy and the eye using straight stitch.

2 Embroider the broken lines on the tummy, wing and one comb using stem stitch.

3 Embroider along the dotted lines using chain stitch. Embroider a row of fly stitches between the dots on the wing, anchoring the stitches at the crosses.

Partridge and pear template

These partridge and pear decorations are very festive

Making the partridge

1 Pin the combs and beaks together with wrong sides facing. Then, use a single length of sewing thread to oversew the outer edges together.

2 Pin and tack the comb and beak under the embroidered partridge. Pin the partridges together with wrong sides facing. Use a single length of sewing thread to oversew the edges of the partridges together, catching in the comb and beak and leaving a 4cm gap.

Stuff the partridge evenly, then oversew the gap closed.

Embroidering the pear

1 On one pear, embroider a line of stem stitch 3mm inside the edge of the inner pear and a line of chain stitch 3mm outside the edge of the inner pear.

2 Embroider the broken lines on the inner pear and one leaf with stem stitch. Embroider stars on the inner pear with straight stitches.

3 Embroider a lazy daisy stitch between the end of the central lines and the dots on the inner pear.

Making the pear

1 Pin the stalks and leaves together with wrong sides facing. Then, use a single length of sewing thread to oversew the outer edges together.

2 Pin and tack the stalk under the embroidered pear. Pin the pears together with wrong sides facing. Use a single length of sewing thread to oversew the edges of the pears together, catching in the stalk and leaving a 4cm gap. Stuff the pear evenly then oversew the gap closed.

3 With right sides facing up, pin the leaf to the pear just below the stalk. Oversew the leaf to the pear.

Note: To transfer the design to the decorations, pierce a hole at the end of the lines of the stars, at intervals along the broken and dotted lines and at the dots and crosses.

Place the pattern on the felt pieces and dot through the holes with an air-erasable pen before you start each area of embroidery.

Refer to the photo for embroidery colours and embroider with three strands of embroidery thread

Hanging the decorations

Thread two 25cm-long strands of embroider thread on to a needle and insert through the decoration at the diamond.

Knot the ends together.

We made these decorations using straight stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, fly stitch and lazy daisy stitch.

Pear gift tag

Add a personal touch to present wrapping with a pear gift tag