Step 1: Materials & Pattern
Using an old grocery bag, I cut out the shape of an owl. To get the shape even, fold the paper in half and then cut. I've shown the dimensions on a standard grid.
2 Bodies & one bust (Body minus the head - This is only if you want the front to look different)
2 Eye liners (Any shape you wish...make your owl special)
If you are using a stretchy/velvety material, you will need to make 2 additional bodies out of something like an old dress shirt, or pillow case to sew the stretchy material to. This keeps it from moving while you sew.
Step 2: Cutting
You can see I've already cut out the liners, then pinned them to my sweaters.
To make the bust, I pinned the liner to the sweater, but left the head free.
For my eye liners, I went ahead and used felt. (The sweater material wanted to move too much.)
My picture of the beak & feet didn't come out, but you will see them in another step. I used dark felt for the beak, feet, & eyes.
Step 3: Sewing
2. On the front piece, sew the bust to the front of the owl, using a small zig-zag-stitch. (You don't have to make a bust, I just wanted to use a different pattern from the sweater.)
3. Sew around the beak using a zig-zag stitch.
4. Sew around the eyes, using a straight, or small zig-zag stitch.
5. Next, sew the eye-liners, making sure to sew the inner part only. The rest should be left free so the owl has some character.
6. Sew the wings over the bust, using the zig-zag-stitch.
7. Sew the feet, wrong-sides together, using a small zig-zag stitch with a contrasting thread.
Stuff the feet with just a little bit of stuffing from an old pillow. Sew the feet to the front piece.
8. In the last picture, you can see the right-side of the front and back pieces.
Step 4: Pin & Sew
Face pieces right-side together, pin, and sew around the edges, leaving the bottom open.
Place the feet inside the bird, pin to the edges, then sew just to the middle of each foot. The area between each foot should be open.
Step 5: CAREFULLY Turn It Inside-out & Stuff
Remove the pins from the edges, turn right-side out, and remove the pins from the owl's face.
I had some old, decorative pillows that were very flat, so I cut them open, fluffed the stuffing, and put it in my owl. (I also used the material from those same pillows as the liner for my owl.)
Take ahold of the stuffing, and start pulling little bits away from it, like you would as if you were pulling a piece of cotton candy from a stick. Keep doing this, and the stuffing will fluff back up.
Stuff the owl nice, and tight.
Step 6: Hand-sew the Bottom
Push down on the bottom to make it sit up.
Sorry the picture is too bright. This is the bottom of the owl, so it doesn't have to be perfect.