Friday, November 2, 2012

Felt Shelf-sitter Owl

HEY GUYS!! Today, I am being featured on Abby's blog - 'Five Days Five Ways', so EXCITING!!  Be sure to check it out...now on to today's craft....

Have you seen those cute little shelf-sitter decorations, with the long skinny legs hanging down?  I decided to make a few owl ones this year.  I seem to be making a lot of owl things lately... There are a lot of steps to this project, but it's the details that make this so unique.

Supplies:
felt
pillow stuffing
buttons
scrap material in orange
scrap paper


I started by cutting a simple owl pattern out of scrap paper and then cutting the felt in that shape (you will need two for each owl.  I decided to go ahead and make 3 of these at once, one aqua, one mustard and one marroon.







Next, I made a pattern for the first layer of felt for the eyes.  Then I cut one for each owl.




 Then I cut two round circles of felt for each owl.  I used my pinking shears for these.


Then I did one more smaller set of circles for each owl.




I then cut the below pattern for the owls chest feathers.  I cut 3 for each owl.  The bottom feather only has 3 bumps.




Last, but not least, I cut out the wings, 4 for each owl. The wings will be stuffed with pillow filling lightly.  They are just simple half-moon shaped.



Now, time to sew!!  I first sewed on the feathers using my machine.



Then I pinned the first layer of the eyes on and sewed it on with my machine as well.



Next, I picked buttons for each owl and sewed them on through the two circles.






For the wings, I sewed them around, stuffed lightly and then pinned in place.





Next, I made a simple beak and sewed it on each.





After pining the other layer of material on top, I sewed the back on each owl and turned right side out.





Next, I made legs out of some left over orange gingham material I had.  I cut strips of material 14 inches by 2 inches wide, folded/ironed, then sewed down the length.





I cut out feet and sewed them to each leg.




Finally, I stuffed each owl,then fit a mason jar ring in the bottoms and sewed a circle felt.  Don't forget to stitch the legs in along the way!!



Yes, there were a lot of steps to this project...the key is to cut everything out at once, then sit down and sew it all together.  Total time was ~3 hours to make all 3 owls!!








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1 comment:

  1. How adorable! I just love these owls! Something about owls, they're so fall and cute. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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