As long as you have basic sewing skills, you’ll find this to be a really quick little project. (I made two – one for Raya as well – and had both done in an hour.)
What you’ll need:
Pattern template (click to download mine, if you want!)
Fabric scraps – if you absolutely must buy something new, a fat quarter will be plenty
Your sewing stuff (obviously, LOL – you know, scissors, thread, etc.)
Stuffing – I really like to use PolyFil
Felt for the applique the face (though you could use fabric if prefer)
I don’t have a pattern for the face, but it’s pretty easy to make some circles and a triangle. Just trace anything round you’ve got, if that helps.
I always trace my patterns onto something heavier-duty than regular paper – usually cardstock or posterboard or like an empty cereal box. I use my disappearing marker to trace in onto the backside of the fabric, but pencil would work fine too. Cut 2 body pieces (a front and back) and 4 wing pieces.
Also… you’ll notice Raya got to my pattern first, and colored on it for me. (She also thought it was a cat at this point, and kept meowing). These are the things I love to remember. :)
Once you’ve cut your pieces, applique your face on. I just used a zig zag stitch on all the edges. Meowing changed to hooting from my little “helper” at this point.
Next – make the wings. Place two of your wing-pieces with the right sides facing each other, and run a line of stitching along the curved edges. Be sure to leave the flat bottom part unstitched. Trim up the fabric close to the line of stitching if you have any areas the didn’t come out perfectly. Ahem. ;)
Now, turn it right side out. I like to topstitch it next, but that is totally optional. If you want to, all you do is run an additional line of stitching on the right side of the wing. It keeps it flatter and gives it a more finished look.
I wanted my wings to be a little bit ruffled, so I pinned a pair of pleats in each wing. I stitched along the bottom to hold the pleats in place.
Now, place your wings wherever you thing they will look best in relation to your owl face. Point the wings inward… peek-a-boo style. LOL.
Now, pin the backside on, with the right sides facing. Take a moment to make sure the inside edge of your wing extends beyond the edge of the body, so that it gets sewn in securely.
You can use as many or as few pins as you want, but let me recommend a tip: we need to leave a hole so that we can turn and stuff this guy. The bottom is the best place to do this – so pin about 2-3″ apart in one place at the bottom. When you begin stitching at one pin, you will end at the other, leaving a hole.
To be extra safe, I sometimes run a second line of stitching to reinforce my seams. Now trim as much excess fabric off as you can without cutting into your stitching. (This will help your seams look smooth when you turn it.)
Now find the hole, reach in, and pull your owl right-side-out.
Make sure that the ears, especially, turn all the way. You can poke a chopstick or a butterknife in to be sure.
Now stuff him! Get the ears first. Stuff fairly firmly – or else he can start to look kind of lumpy.
Now, you just have to close the hole by hand. Hand-stitching is definitely not my strong suit, so pardon this photo:
And now you have a cute and simple little friend for your kiddo!
Happy birthday, Emily!! :)
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