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Scrap Fabric Hand-Sewn Owls

I so vary rarely make fabric or sewing crafts, so I have a ton of left over fabric scraps from crafts I’ve made a while ago.  In an effort to clean out my fabric stash and try some new crafting techniques, I decided to make these cute little owls (because I need MORE stuff just hanging around my apartment!).

I just love these cute little felt owls, though!  I got so carried away that I ended up making one for almost every holiday!  They’re so easy to make and they’re the perfect last minute Valentine gift for your sweetie!  These little felt owls also make great ornaments or gift tags.

While I made my owls by hand, you can easily use a sewing machine.  I was just too lazy to get my machine out for these little guys 🙂  So gather up your fabric scraps and let’s get to bird makin’!  For the sake of the season, I’ll show you how to make a Valentine’s owl, specifically the one in the second row all the way to the left.

Felt Owls

Materials:

  • Owl template (I drew mine freehand-it stood about 4 1/2” long and 2 1/4” wide)
  • Felt in varying colors
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Colored embroidery thread
  • Sewing pins
  • 5-6 cotton balls

Instructions:

  1. Here’s a picture of my template, in case you want to print it and use it yourself.  You might have to scale it to the size you’d like.
  2. Pin your template to the felt you’d like to use for the wings of your owl.  I marked the right and left wings just in case!
  3. Cut your wings out like so.  Save all the extra pieces because you’ll need them later.
  4. Pin the middle template of your owl to the felt you’d like to use for the body of the bird.  You’re using the main template to help you pin your wings in place.
  5. Using your white felt, cut out two circles, about the size of your thumb.  These are for the eyes.  Pin those in place on the body of the bird (remove the main template before pinning on the eyes, obviously!).
  6. Cut out two small circles and a beak from your black felt and a little tummy (if you want!) from another shade of felt.  Pin the tummy in place so your bird looks like this:
  7. To attach the small black circles, use some colored embroidery thread and tie a knot at the end.  I tied mine three times just for safe measure!  Cut off the small tail and string the thread through the black dot so the knot is on the OUTSIDE.  Then string it through the center of the white eye.  Secure and repeat for the other eye.



  8. Continue to sew all the other embellishments into place.  Soon your little owl will look like this!:
  9. Now it’s time to assemble your owl!  Place the owl face down on the back fabric.  You want both front sides facing each other and the back sides facing out…that way when your turn it inside out, the front sides are on the outside!
  10. Pin the segments of the cut templates back into place.
  11. Sew around the template, stitching the two fabrics together.  You can use a machine for this, but I didn’t mind doing it by hand.  Leave about 2 inches of room for stuffing.
  12. Cut about a quarter of an inch around your stitching to remove excess fabric.  Remove the template and discard.  Turn your owl inside out so the wrong side is now inside and the right side is on the outside.
  13. Pull your cotton balls apart so they’re long and stringy.  Stuff some into the ears of your owl first, and then stuff until he’s full!  Sew the hole closed and you’ve got yourself a cute little owl!

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Embroidery Hoop Ceiling Art

Sewing seems to come in and out of “style.”  The art of being able to make your own clothes is something I still can’t grasp (I’m about at the level of being able to hem my drapes and pants…).  However, regardless of what’s fashionable, you can always put those strange wooden sewing circles to use by hanging them from your ceiling.  Check it out–

Sweet Idea!

I found this on Apartment Therapy and fell in love!  I want to create a nursery just so I can borrow this idea.  If you don’t want to hang these from the ceiling, you can also arrange different sized wooden rings on your wall.  They’re very light and can easily be hung with a push pin or a small nail.  Use up various scraps of fabric you have lying around or recycle that old well-loved tee shirt that is either too small or too loved to wear in public 🙂

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Scrap Yarn Window Birds

So I was cleaning out some old craft supplies the other day and came across a Styrofoam ball and some left over yarn from a scarf I attempted to knit.  A sudden thought occurred to me to wrap the yarn around the ball and create a flock of little birds…

Birdies!

Wanna make some of your own?  Here’s how:

What You’ll Need:

1  2 1/2″ Styrofoam ball for every bird you want to make (I made 6 birds because the balls came in a pack of 6)

Leftover yarn (enough to cover the Styrofoam)

Tape

Kabob stick

Clay–Orange and brown

Hot Glue Gun

1.  Tape the end of the yarn to your Styrofoam ball.  Wrap the string around and tape it on the other side of the ball.  Continue this process, twisting the ball once, until your ball looks like this (you’ll need about 5-6 pieces of tape):

Starting the string…

2.  Continue to wrap the yarn around the ball until the entire ball is covered.  Be sure to turn the ball every once in a while so the yarn is evenly covering the ball.  Knot when completed.

Here are some of my bird heads

3.  Stick the kabob stick into the ball to create the stand.  Cut off some of the stick to create a shorter bird, if desired.

4.  Use the brown clay to create feet for the bird and the orange clay to create a beak.  Bake according to package directions.  Be sure to stick the bird in the clay feet before baking to create the hole.  When the clay has cooled, put a drop of hot glue in the hole in the feet and hold the stick from the bird in the hole until the glue dries.  Glue the beak to the face.

Creating the feet…

Creating the beak…

And there you have it!  Yarn Birds!  You can also do this with a topiary.  I found one in my closet and created this little festive birdie to sit by my window:

For this guy, I just covered the base of the topiary with yarn and set it in a glass dish…then I stuffed it with Easter grass to prevent it from wobbling around.

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