Plaid Bluejay Ornament

Upcycled plaid flannel from an old shirt gets a new life as a primitive-style bluejay ornament for your holiday tree.  

Project Materials

  • Plaid flannel material
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
  • Blumenthal Lansing small white buttons
  • Blue embroidery floss & embroidery needle
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Scissors


  1. Print bluejay pattern found on the internet (or freeform cut your birds as I did). Cut two birds from plaid flannel fabric (my fabric is from flannel shirt purchased at the local Goodwill store – one of my favorite sources for fabric!)
  2. Stitch two birds together using embroidery floss, leaving an opening to stuff. I wanted my stitching to show to add to the primitive feel, so I did not turn my stitched bird inside out to hide stitches before stuffing.
  3. Stuff bird and stitch closed.
  4. Cut piece of twine to hang bird, hot glue to top center of bird.
  5. Cut two pieces of twine and glue to sides of bird to create wings as shown.
  6. Glue button to each side of head for eyes.

– Designed by Cindi McGee