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Hand Sewn Felt Owls

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These adorable Hand Sewn Felt Owls are a great way to get rid of any fabric scraps that are taking up space in your craft bin.  You can create them for any holiday or mix and match your favorite fabrics to create something that's truly unique.  You only need a little bit of fabric to create these adorable felt owls, so you'll find yourself working through your stash in no time!  Hang these owls from branches or attach them to gifts.

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.

    felt owls
     
  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!

    felt owls
     
  3. Cut your wings out like so.  Save all the extra pieces because you’ll need them later.

    felt owls
     
  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.

    felt owls
     
  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!).

    felt owls
     
  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:

    felt owls
     
  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.

    felt owls

    felt owls

    felt owls

    felt owls
     
  8. Continue to sew all the other embellishments into place.  Soon your little owl will look like this!:

    felt owls
     
  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!

    felt owls
     
  10. Pin the segments of the cut templates back into place.

    felt owls
     
  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.

    felt owls
     
  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.

    felt owls
     
  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!

    felt owls

    felt owls

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