|My little buddy Stanley|
You can use whatever kind of coloured fabric and patterns that you like to make your owl uniquely yours. Make sure you have enough material, depending on what size paper you print your pattern out onto, your owl may be a different size. So once you print the pattern, then work out how much fabric you will need.
These instructions are with making the owl by hand but of course if you have a sewing machine by all means use that.
What You Need:
- Owl Pattern [x] (Make sure you print preview on your A4 paper so that it prints out accurately on your page)
- Fabric for the body
- Fabric for his breast
- White felt for eyes
- Fusible bonding web (used so I could iron on his breast, eyes, and beak)
- Gold felt for beak and feet
- Brown & gold embroidery floss
- White felt for wings
- Scissors / Needles / Iron
- Print out your pattern. I put the body shape pattern on another piece of folder paper so that when I cut around it and folded it out it would be the correct size.
- Fold your body fabric neatly in half and pin your owl pattern on top. So that when you cut around the pattern you will be cutting two sheets of fabric.
- Get cutting!
- Back the fabric you are using for the eyes, breast, and beak with the fusible bonding web. Then cut out his breast, eyes, and beak using your pattern template.
- Position all three how you want them on the front of the fabric body, and iron them on. My beak was over the top of the breast so I ironed it on last.
- Sew around the breast and the eyes to keep them more securely in place. I used brown thread for the breast and white for the eyes.
- Sew a little french knot or circle in the center of his eye for the pupil.
- Using yellow embroidery floss, embellish the outline of your owls breast with haphazardly placed stitches.
- Further secure the beak by adding two cute nostrils with brown embroidery floss.
- Place the wing template on your piece of wing fabric, draw around it and cut it out.
- Place the wings in position on your own and secure them with a few running stitches.
- This bit got a little bit confusing, now you can either sew the edges together with the owl the right way out, or you can do it a way so the stitching will be on the inside and then you just turn your owl the right way out again.
- Myself I just sewed him the whole way around, and left a gap in between his little ears so that I could put in the stuffing.
- After you stuff him, sew up the last little gap up the top.
- Using the template of his feet, place them on the material and cut it out.
- Flip him onto his tummy and attach the feet with a few hand stitches.
And there you have it! Your very own cutie patootie owl. Mine is currently sitting on the top shelf of my bookshelves looking like he is delivering a very important speech to the other owls in my room. (there are 12.. whoops)
This Craft was adapted from Owl Kit by Rob Merrett