This instructable will teach you how to make a tiny owl! It was meant as an entry to the First-Time Author Contest in instructables, but I hope that many of you find great joy from it! Once you've finished your owl, what will you do with it? Will you turn it into a broach, a pendant, or even a barrette? Will you keep him with you as your trusty sidekick? Whatever you do, why not post it in the comments! Thanks for watching and enjoy making it!!!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials!
For this project, you will need:
- Fabric Scissors
- Thread Scissors
- Beige Felt (for the sandwiching parts of the body)
- White Felt (for the sandwiched part of the body)
- The Templates (you should probably cut them yourself, so it's more YOUR project and not MINE. I'm sure that you're a very talented person who's capable of it!?)
- Black Thread
- Brown Thread
Step 2: Cut Your Pieces!
First, you have to cut out the pieces for the owl. It's going to be very small, so you're going to need to be very careful. Use sharp fabric scissors so you can get them cut juuuuuuust right! There really isn't a template for this, so just draw what you want your owl's shape to be. You can make it look like the one I did, or (if you're a bit more advanced) modify it as much as you like!
For this step, you will need to cut out:
- The bodies (2 pieces in top fabric, 1 in under fabric)
- The beak
- The feet (cut 2)
Step 3: Sew/Embroider the Belly Feathers
For this step, make one stitch a few millimeters from the side of the owls body. Make another stitch about the same length next to it. Do two more like that. Then, using the pictures as a guide, move up on the owls body and do three more stitches above and between those four you just made.
Step 4: Every Owl Needs Cute Little Eyes! (and a Beak, Too)
Time for the eyes (and beak) ! Make a french knot (learn how here!) where you want one of the owls eyes to go. With the needle still on the backside of the fabric, poke your needle up to where you want your other eye to be and pull it through. Make another french knot here, too! :)
For the beak, place it where you want it to go on the owls face. Then poke a needle with brown thread up beside it from the back, and pull through. Pull it back to the other side in the middle of the beak. Then poke it back up from the other side of the beak, and pull it back to the other side in the middle again.
Step 5: Tiny Tail Time!
It's time for the tail! Take the back of your owl and flip it over. Place the tail where you want it to go and sew it on with the whip stitch (learn how to whip stitch here!) on the bottom of it, so you can still wiggle his or her little tail!!!
Step 6: Putting It All Together!
Alright, now's the time to sew our little guy/girl up! We're going to be using to blanket stitch (if the photos don't work, reload the page a few times) for this step, up until you reach the belly of the owl. Start from the right ear, going all the way down until you get to the belly. Then place your feet where you want them to go, in between the middle and back. Switch to the backstitch and sew until you get to the beige part again. Go back to a blanket stitch and sew up until the other ear. Now it's time...
For the stuffing!!!!
Get out your stuffing, but first a pin. Pin the top and middle layers together at the very top of the owl, so that stuffing won't go outside of the owl where it shouldn't be. Take little tufts of stuffing, and gently put it inside with your pinkie finger. Once you have as much stuffing as you'd like, sew it back up with a blanket stitch. And...
Step 7: You're Done! Congrats!!!
You've finished your owl, but what will you do with it now? Will you turn it into a broach, a pendant, or even a barrette? Will you keep him with you as your trusty sidekick? Whatever you do, why not post it in the comments!
Thank you for watching my first instructable, and I hope you liked it! It took me a lot of effort to make.