Real owls are nocturnal birds of prey with sharp talons and a powerful beak more often heard than seen. Fictional owls such as Archimedes from Disney's "Sword in the Stone," however, take on a less mysterious and more lovable form as wise, feathered friends. Create plush owls from felt to serve as pillows in a woodland-themed room or soft playthings for children.
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Things you need
- 1/2 yard brown felt
- Tailor's chalk
- White, black, orange and one other colour of felt
- Sewing machine
- Fibre fill
Draw a basic owl shape -- a circle with a slightly flattened bottom for the body with a crescent shape on top for the ears -- on a sheet of paper. Make the owl shape 10- to 12-inches tall. Use a bowl to help you draw this shape if necessary. Cut out the paper owl.
Trace the owl template twice on brown felt using tailor's chalk. Cut out the two brown felt owls.
Draw a curved line on each side of the owl's body to represent wings. Start the curved line at the bottom of the ear, and make it extend to the bottom of the side of the body. Draw the lines so 2 to 3 inches of body remains between the two curved lines. Cut out the wings once you are satisfied with their shape.
Trace the wing templates twice on any colour of felt other than brown. Cut out the felt wings.
Cut out two 1 1/2-inch white felt circles for the eyes, and two 1/2-inch black circles for the pupils. Cut out a 1 1/2-inch equilateral triangle from orange felt for the beak.
Sew the wings and beak on one of the brown felt owls using a straight stitch and 1/4-inch seam allowance. Drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine, and set it to a zigzag stitch to do a button stitch. Sew the eyes on the owl with the button stitch.
Lay the plain brown felt owl on your work surface. Place the decorated owl on top of it with the decorated side face up. Sew the two owls together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave the bottom of the owl open.
Stuff the owl with fiberfill until it becomes slightly rounded. Sew the bottom of the owl closed.
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