Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Felt Owl Ornaments

Last year I decided to do a rustic, woodland theme for the farmhouse Christmas tree. I wanted to make some owls so looked for ideas. In Michael's I found this kit:

Cute owl but the colors were not what I had in mind for my tree. I decided I'd buy it anyway for a pattern. They turned out so cute and I've decided to make more for this year. I've included a tutorial on how to make them. It's not perfect but here goes...


Felt Owl Ornaments

Materials needed:

Pattern
3 colors of felt (I bought brown, grey and off white)
Embroidery Floss or Heavy Thread
Large needle
Hot glue
Scrap material or ribbon for scarf/bow
Twine or ribbon for hanger
Stuffing

Print and cutout pattern. (Sorry, I know there's a way to have the actual size pattern added but I don't know how. sigh, my lack of know-how is frustrating sometimes….This should be about twice this size):

First fold the 1st color of felt in half. Pin on body and cut out. You should have 2 pieces. Fold the 2nd color of felt and cut out the outer eye pieces and wing pieces. Again, you will have 2 of each piece. Finally, fold the 3rd color of felt over and cut out the inner eye pieces so that you have 2. Also cut out the beak from the 3rd color. I have found it easier to just cut a triangle shape on the fold so that when you open it, it makes a diamond shape.

Now for the fun part! Take one body piece and glue the outer eyes in place with a small drop of hot glue.

Thread your needle and double your thread (or more if you want a heavier line ) and sew 8 lines to make a star shape:






 When finished with that, glue the inner eye on. (I used gold thread on mine…should have sewn the lines closer to the edge so more would show from under the inner eye circle.) Also, glue the beak into place.

Next glue the wings on.

Stitch the feet to suggest claws - I make 3 stitches like so:
Bad drawing, I know...



Cut a piece of twine or ribbon for the hanger and knot the end. Glue in place (small dot of glue).

 Place body pieces together and starting between foot and wing, stitch together using a running stitch, leaving the bottom opened. Taking a small amount of stuffing, lightly stuff the body, then stitch the bottom closed.

Cut or tear fabric for bow. Tie bow, glue to owl. Or cut a piece long enough to go around owl and knot in front, gluing down so it stays in place.

All done! Isn't he cute?

Again, I'm sorry for the blurry pictures and undersized pattern. Someday, I'll learn how to do it better, I promise. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

Cecilia

8 comments:

  1. What is it about owls that make us just want to pinch their cheeks?! They're certainly popular this year, and I've been seeing them quite a lot on Pinterest lately. Are you going to give your cuties names?

    Have a happy Thanksgiving sweet friend!

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    1. I don't know Doreen, they are such neat birds and easy to "cute-ify"! Ha, is that a word? I've always like owls and had a collection before they were popular. Hm, hadn't thought of naming them…maybe I should?

      And I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving too! Hope you get to enjoy all your family!
      Hugs,
      Cecilia

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  2. Those are adorable Cecilia! I got your package today....and e-mailed you. I am so in love...:) You have amazing talent...:) Hope your Thursday is blessed...:) Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Thanks Vicky! They look so cute in the tree!
      Glad you like your package! I had fun putting it together for you! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!
      Cecilia

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  3. Oh, these are so cute and fit so well with a rustic farmhouse theme!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I still have several more I need to make! They are so cute in the tree and perfect for the farm!

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  4. So very cute!!!..I love owls and use them a lot in my Christmas decor…i love how you added the cute scarf!!

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    1. Thank you Shirley. They are perfect for the farmhouse. My flock is growing…I have about 10 now.

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