A plush owl toy is made using a basic sewing pattern drafted from scratch and can be sewn by hand or machine. An owl pattern is made from a simple oblong shape for the body. Adding pointy ears will give your owl a recognisable outline. What will make your owl more complex - as well as more interesting - is the effort you put into the details. Bright button eyes, wings in contrasting colours, and a variety of fabric types and textures will make your plush owl a one-of-a-kind toy for your favourite youngster, or something to keep for yourself.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Fabric scraps
- Fabric glue
- Two buttons
- Fabric marker
- Straight ruler
- Cotton batting
Draw the outline of your owl on paper with a pencil. Start with a rectangle, then round the corners to make an oblong shape. Add two pointed ears. Cut out your pattern. Fold a piece of heavy fabric (like faux fur) in half, and pin the pattern to it. Cut out the two owl body pieces and set aside.
Cut two round eye shapes out of felt. Cut another two eye shapes in a contrasting colour, smaller than the first ones. Glue the smaller circles inside the bigger circles. Thread your needle and reinforce the eyes with a simple straight stitch. Lay the eyes on one piece of the owl-shaped fabric and glue into place. Stitch buttons into the centres of the eyes.
To make wings, use a fabric marker and ruler to draw a line from the owl's eye level diagonally to the bottom of the owl, ending in the centre. Lay a contrasting fabric along the wing guidelines and trim each piece along the side edge of the owl's body. Stitch wings to the front owl piece along the outer edge and diagonal line. Trim as needed.
Lay the front and back owl pieces right sides together. Stitch all along the outside of the owl, leaving an opening large enough to put your hand through. Turn the fabric right side out. Stuff with cotton batting. Hold the opening closed and stitch.
Draw a foot pattern piece by making a circle. Cut out the circle and trim notches into the shape to create three distinct "claws." Pin the pattern to two pieces of felt and cut. Stitch the foot pieces to the bottom of your owl.
Tips and warnings
- Recycle fabric from a favourite shirt or sweater to create a unique toy with sentimental value.
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