I haven’t written a sewing post for a while – because I don’t seem to have sewn much! Lately, I mainly sew more for other people. I guess because there’s a definite reason to get it done – and because everyone in this house already owns far too much stuff!
I made these for a friend for her birthday but they could equally work as Christmas ornaments, hung on a twiggy tree or can be strung together as a banner. There there’s a two big ones and three little ones – one for each member of their family. They’re all hand sewn – which I liked because I could pick them up and do them anywhere. But I’m really, really slow at hand sewing so they were actually pretty late for her birthday!!
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What you need
- Scraps of felt – I used all the same brown for the bodies but you could use different colours – I buy felt from Paper and String – it’s 40% wool so it’s lovely and soft.
- Toy stuffing (You can pull apart an old teddy if you wish!)
- Basic Sewing supplies
- Cut out pattern – I drew my own – if there’s enough interest I’ll see if I can figure out how to make this downloadable.
- Sew all the features onto the front of each owl using whipstitch. I only joined the wings on the inside so they look ‘flappy’.
- Tie a loop in about 10cm of bakers twine or ribbon and clip into position. I like to use these clips rather than pins on the whole because I find them less fiddly and they don’t make holes.
- Join front to back using blanket stitch. Because it’s felt, it won’t fray so you can just stitch it outside out without a seam. Make sure you leave a gap for stuffing.
- Stuff it gently – you don’t want it too fat – and sew up the hole with more blanket stitch.
Ta-da! I think they turned out pretty good! I’m hoping 2017 is going to be the year I really get back into sewing (but I’m also ‘going’ to lose a load of weight, keep the house clean, stop playing around on my phone and basically be a super organised version of myself so we’ll see 😉 )