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How-To: Make a stuffed owl

April 29, 2011

Remember that adorable owl I made for Baby Girl?  Well since there are so many other little sprouts I know, I’ve decided to make some more and wanted to share the ‘how-to’ with you.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric – an 18×20 in. piece should work just fine.  In this case I used 2 – 18×20 in. pieces of fabric for the body and some scrap material for the legs. You can use as many different color, designs, textured fabrics as you want.
  • Paper –  8.5 x 11 in. or bigger, for your pattern pieces.
  • Pins & Needles
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Felt – 2 different colors
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Poly Stuffing
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

1. Take 2 sheets of paper, fold each of them in half then draw your shapes, then cut them out.  On the left is for the upper portion of the owl’s body and the right is the lower half.  You’ll also need to cut out patterns for the feet and wings.

2.  Fold your fabric in half, because you’ll need two pieces for each the bottom and top of the owl, front & back and four wing pieces.  Pin your pattern pieces to the fabric, then cut out.  Do the same for the feet (you’ll need 4 feet pieces total).

3.  After you have the feet and wings cut out, with the right sides together, sew along the edges leaving the top part open.  Then turn them right side out and iron.  Then take one top body piece and place on top of a bottom piece, right sides together, sew along line. Do the same thing to the other two pieces.  Here’s whatyour pieces should like so far:

4.  I don’t have a picture of this next step but all you have to do is cut out 4 circles (2 different sizes) of felt.  The circles can be as big as you want them to be.  They are for the eyes so as long as they fit within the top piece of your owl they should work great.

5. Take a button and sew it onto one of the smaller circles. ( I used a LOT of thread on those buttons since this owl will soon belong to a little sprout and will probably get thrown, dragged, stomped on and whatever else children do to destroy their toys).  Remember, the buttons are optional.

6.  Cut a piece for the beak, center it and using a straight stitch, sew it along the seam lines.

7.  Next, you’ll sew the smaller circle on to the larger piece, and then the larger on to the top portion of the owl.  I used the zigzag setting because I like how it looks and it’ll really help secure down those eyes, but really you can use any stitch setting you like.

8.  Pin the feet and wings towards the center of the front of your owl.   And lay the back piece of owl on top, right sides together.  Starting just inside one foot, sew all the way around the owl and finishing just inside the other foot, so that there’s an opening between the feet.

9. Turn your owl right side out and iron.  Fill it with the Poly Stuffing to your liking.  Then with your thread and needle, hand-stitch the closing shut.

And there you have it!  Happy Owl Making!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. lisa permalink
    September 2, 2011 12:19 AM

    thease were amazing


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