Sunday, August 28, 2011

Owl Pattern as Promised

As promised here is the pattern and the directions for making my little owl pillow.  I tried to be as detailed as I could, but if anything is unclear please feel free to post your question in my comments.  Materials are listed for yardage and scrap.  I did change the beak in this pattern from the one I used to make mine.  Click here for visual directions.

3/8 yard print for backing and head (or 18" x 10" scrap)
3/8 yard print for body (or 10" x 10" scrap)
1/8 yard print for wings ( or 8" x 8" scrap)
3" x 3" square for beak
3" x 6" scrap for outer eye
2" x 5" scrap for inner eye
2 buttons (optional)
12" x 12" square Steam a Seam 2 or Wonder Under Fusible Web
Fiber Fill (amount to fill to your taste)

Double click on the pattern and save it to your computer.  Print pattern as a full page.  If that is not available on your software, print as an 8 x 10 picture.  This will make your owl smaller.

Cut around the outside shape of the owl.  Pattern includes a 1/4" seam allowance.  Place pattern face side down onto your backing fabric, pin, and cut.  Unpin.

Remove pattern and cut on the cut line between head and body.  Pin onto respective fabrics for the head and face with pattern face side up.  Using your ruler add 1/4 inch to the cut line as marked on the pattern, pin, and cut.  Then cut around pattern shape.  Unpin.

Cut Beak, Wings, and Outer Eyes from the pattern.  Trace the shapes onto your Steam a Seam 2 or Wonder Under Fusible Web. Now cut your Inner Eyes and trace them as well.  Cut leaving about a 1/4" allowance around pencil marks.  Following your fusible web directions, iron onto your fabric choices.  Now cut on your marked lines trying to keep your curves smooth.

Ready to assemble?

Following your fusible web directions place the wings on the body section and iron to bond.  A blanket stitch is optional here around the wings.  Pin the head to the body with right sides together and stitch with a 1/4" seam.  Press seam allowance toward the head.  Lay a ruler on the seam line adding 1/2" above the line.  Place outer eye on this line spaced to your preference and iron following your fusible directions.  Again, use of a blanket stitch here is optional.  Place inner eye and beak in place and iron them as well.  Still might concider that blanket stitch here.

If you are adding a button to the eyes, sew it on now.

With right sides together, pin front to back and stitch with a 1/4" seam around owl leaving a 2" opening at the bottom.

Turn right side out through opening.  Insert a crochet hood or other narrow blunt instrument into owl and  push fabric in the ears to make gentle points.  Press around all edges.

With needle and thread, baste opening seams flat but not to each other.  This will make whip stitching the opening closed after stuffing much easier.

Stuff with fiber fill until it is as full as you want it.

Whip stitch bottom opening closed and remove basting stitches.  Give him a name and let me know if you try this for yourself.  I would love to see pictures.