I kept looking at it and realized it was so simple in construction that I bet I could make something similar at home. Plus, I have to start using up some of my fabric stash. So I put the little owl back for someone else to buy. And then I went home and made this.
It was an hour long project and super easy to complete. Here's a tutorial I put together to show you the technique, however, I don't think specific measurements are really needed and to be honest, I didn't measure anything. What else is new, right?
Make a body pattern: I freehanded half an owl shape on a folded piece of waxed paper and then cut it out.
Make a bottom pattern: I drew a football shape on a folded piece of waxed paper. I sized it to be an inch smaller than my body pattern on either side. Then cut it out.
Make a half circle pattern shape for the wings.
|Don't ask me why I made a pattern for the front and the back since I just used one of them and traced it twice. I'm a pattern novice, ok? I not think so good.|
Trace your pattern onto your fabrics and cut out the pieces. You need:
2 body pieces
1 bottom piece
4 wing pieces
Once you have the main pieces cut out, set aside and make your eyes and beak out of felt. I used whatever circular things I had around the house to trace the circles. The white ones are from a BM paint sample (for the foyer!), the pinks are from a spool of thread, and the blue from a dime! Easy! I cut out a diamond for the beak.
Sew your eyes to the right side of the one of the body pieces. I used a variety of stitches and contrasting threads because I wanted it to appear very homespun. I only sewed down the bottom half of the diamond so the beak would be open a bit.
Place the body pieces right sides together. Right side to the inside, pin the bottom piece onto the body pieces.
I sewed the bottom piece on first.
I stitched my body pieces together next. I started my stitches at the corner of the bottom piece, making sure I closed up the joining points well. Then stitch all around the body, leaving about a 2 inch opening.
Snip some notches in the curves and trim the excess fabric around the seams.
Turn right sides out.
Take your 4 wing pieces and put them right sides together so you have 2 pairs of wings.
Stitch around leaving an opening (about an inch).
Turn them right sides out and stuff with fiberfill. I preferred to keep my a little flat so I didn't fill them too much. Hand sew the openings closed.
Use fiberfill to stuff the top half of your owl. I found it easier to sew my wings on after it was stuffed a bit but that's up to you. You can do it before or after you stuff.
After you've sewn on your wings, you can fill it with rice, beans, or sand. I used rice in the event it opened up at some point. Rice is non toxic, isn't a real choking hazard, and is easy to vacuum up. I used 3 lbs of rice to fill this baby. Can you believe it?
|Like my fancy, high end funnel?|
What would I do differently? I would make the beak orange. I could have because I have orange felt but..sigh..it was upstairs and I was downstairs and well, it felt SO far away at that moment. But hindsight being what it is, I think orange would have been better.
Molly wants one too now even though her door stays open by itself. Frankly, it was so quick and easy I could make her one just for the heck of it!
And another $6.99 Home Goods won't be getting from me! HA HA HA! No really, I love HG.