Introduction: Sewing the Owl

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My daughter loves owls. She dressed up as one for the school parade. What better summer fun could there be than to sew an owl pillow!

Disclosure - my daughter age 8 - and my wife are responsible for the owl,  I merely served in a supportive capacity.

Step 1: Create a Design!

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The subject was easy---owls. My daughter also loves stuffed toy animals...or in this case a pillow. They thought about what were the key elements to visually create the owl.

Step 2: Collect Materials

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My wife and daughter visited a fabrics store and picked up lots of materials to create the owl.

Step 3: Transfer the Design, Cut Out Components

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Simplify the design in basic shapes, Cut the shapes out and use paper shapes as patterns to trace on the material swatches. Cut out the shapes from the materials.

Step 4: Sew It All Together!

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Sew the shapes onto the the front piece of the owl. Think of this as a painting, were you put objects in the foreground on top of a background. In the case of the owl, headpiece, wings, and eyes were all sewn onto the body piece.

Step 5: Finish It Off!

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Create a backing and attach the finished front to the back. Fill the owl with stuffing. Close the owl off and viola A wonderful stuffed pet handcrafted by my daughter (or one of you) in the spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder!


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