DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

This was one of those projects that has taken me months to finish, but I’m so glad I finally did! The idea all started when I was coming up with gift ideas for my two nieces. Four months later I’ll finally be able to give these cute little owl dolls to them!

This project was a definite challenge as I made up my own pattern. I hope you give it a try and make some of your own cute owl friends! Don’t forget to send me a photo!

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

SUPPLIES:

Owl plushie pattern
• Cotton fabrics (I used 3 different fabrics for the body, belly and wings. Plus yellow for the legs and feet and white for the eyes. I purchased fat quarters of each and had more than enough to work with)
• Black embroidery floss
• Cotton stuffing
• Rice
• Needle & thimble

TOOLS:

• Sewing machine
• Coordinating thread and bobbins
• Iron and ironing board
• Sewing scissors
• Pins and needle
• Craft scissors
• Pencil
• Funnel

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step One: Prep your fabric and cut out the pattern

I always prewash my fabric to avoid shrinkage and bleeding colors.

Print out the pattern provided and cut out with craft scissors. Following the instruction on the pattern, cut out all your fabric pieces using fabric scissors. Iron all your pieces flat.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Two: Applique the eyes and belly

Using the pattern as a guide for placement, hand-applique the two eyes (E) and belly (B) to the front body (A) of the owl. This quick tutorial will show you how to make perfect appliqué circles.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Three: Embroider the eyes

Cut a length of black embroidery floss, split it into 3 strands and thread it through your needle. Using a Back Stitch, embroider the outline of a small circle inside the white circle of each eye, making a pupil. Satin Stitch to fill in the outline (note: you’ll notice in the video, she uses a split stitch as an outline instead of the back stitch. Feel free to do either).

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Next, backstitch around the entire white circle of each eye, adding eyelashes where indicated on pattern.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Four: Sew the legs and wings

To sew the wings, put two pattern C pieces together, right sides facing in. Use a few small pins to hold in place. Using your sewing machine (or sew by hand), sew around the wings leaving a ¼” seam allowance, with a 1” opening. Repeat for the second wing. Turn both wings right side out and press with an iron.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Next sew the legs. Put two pattern F pieces together, right sides facing in. Pin in place. Sew around the legs using a 1/4” seam allowance, and make sure to leave an opening at the end to turn right-side out. Repeat for the second leg. Turn both legs right side out (you may need to use a chopstick or pencil to push the fabric completely through). Press with an iron. Use a small funnel to fill legs about halfway with rice (this will give them some weight).

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Then lay owl body pieces (body, wings and legs) as show in picture below. Carefully lay the back body piece A, right side facing down, over the top and pin into place (along with front body, legs and wings). Sew around the entire owl body using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave a 1-2” opening at the top of the owl head (in between the ears). Trim notches where indicated on the pattern (be sure not to snip through your stitches) and then turn the entire thing right side out.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Five: Fill with rice and cotton stuffing

Fill the bottom of the owl with rice (this will allow it to sit up on it’s own). I used about ¼ cup. Then fill it the rest of the way with cotton stuffing. Once you have it stuffed snuggly and full, carefully hand stitch the opening closed.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Six: Make the beak

Place two pattern D pieces together, right sides facing in. Sew along the two arched sides of the triangle (using the pattern as a guide), with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn right side out and loosely hand stitch around the opening of the beak, without tying off the thread. Stuff with cotton stuffing and pull your threads tightly, cinching the fabric into a peak shape. Tie thread securely with a knot. Place the beak in between the eyes and hand-stitch onto the face of the owl.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

TA DA! You’ve made a new Owl Friend! I recommend making them in pairs so they have a buddy.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

If you try this pattern, be sure to let me know! I’d love any feedback you have and would love to see a photo of your finished project! Email me at rachel@adventures-in-making.com.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

INSPIRATION: 6 Dreamy Work Spaces

Do you ever daydream about what you’re perfect work space would look like? Where would it be? What would it look like? My dream would be to have a spacious studio with big windows, hanging plants, multiple work tables, ample storage for all my art and craft supplies, a record player and comfy overstuffed chair (instead of the 10’x10′ room in my tiny apartment that I can never actually work in because it’s filled to the brim with supplies and projects).

I’ve collected some of the most inspiring creative studios from around the web to share with you today. Enjoy!

INSPIRATION: Work Spaces #artist #studio

Studio of Mae Chevrette

Studio of APAK

Studio of APAK

Studio of Miranda Skoczek

Studio of Miranda Skoczek

Studio of Lisa Congdon

Studio of Lisa Congdon

Studio of Mati Rose

Studio of Mati Rose

School House Craft Fall Conference + A Giveaway!

School House Craft + A Giveaway!
We are excited to team up with School House Craft this year for their 5th annual fall conference in Seattle, WA! Artists and crafters from all over the Pacific Northwest come together for 2 days of classes, hands-on workshops and networking. We’ve been attendees to this event for the past few years and we are excited to be teaching a fun craft project this year during the Book Signing and Craft Social on Sunday, September 28th.

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The mission of School House Craft is to help artists and craft makers find the knowledge they need to build businesses that last. This year’s conference is held September 27th & 28th at the Sunset Hill Community Club in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. They have a full lineup of amazing small business classes and workshops led by some of our community’s most knowledgeable and inspirational speakers including Jena Coray, Blair Stocker, Tara Gentile, and more!

Visit the School House Craft website to register and see the full line up of classes and events.

This year’s conference has a huge range of classes, an amazing line up of teachers, an exciting new round table event, a happy hour soiree and a book signing and crafting social. One and two day tickets include daily inspirational keynote addresses, over 17 classes and events as well as lunch and snacks. One day tickets are available for $85, two day tickets for $155 and individual classes for just $35.

This conference is a fantastic opportunity for Artists, Crafters and Makers, both emerging and experienced, who are looking to invest in their businesses and learn a wealth of information that will help them start, run, and grow their small creative businesses more efficiently and with greater success.

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The Giveaway!

This year School House Craft wants to give one of you a one-day pass to this year’s fall conference in Seattle! The winner will have the choice of attending on Saturday (Sept. 27) or Sunday (Sept. 28). The one-day pass includes admission to the keynote event, your choice of classes, lunch, a complimentary happy hour event on Saturday evening, and the Book Signing and Craft Social on Sunday– an $85 value!*

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*Note: This is an in-person event located in Seattle, WA. It does not include overnight accommodations, so be sure to plan ahead!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 24 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, August 26. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 8/24/2014

We have extended this giveaway through Wednesday, August 27 at 11:59PM! We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Friday, August 29. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 8/28/2014

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! We’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

SHOW + TELL: A Birthday Shrine + The Giveaway Winner!

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The Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who participated in our giveaway this month. We loved hearing about all the different ways people relax and take it easy. The end of summer is the perfect time to do just that!

Now without further ado, the winner is…. KATIE SMITH!! Congrats Katie!

Now Onto Today’s Post…

Normally I look forward to my birthday every year. I love having a summer birthday and am always excited to throw a great party (usually tiki themed). But this year I have been dreading the thought of turning 30. So to lighten my mood and get excited about my favorite day of the year, I decided to make a little shrine for myself to honor this milestone and celebrate ‘officially’ becoming an adult.

I started making this pasta art shrine a few years ago when my friend Zerrin and I found the project in an old craft magazine from the 1950’s. We loved the idea so much that we decided to make our own. It was a really fun craft project! And the perfect activity to do with a friend. I only recently got around to finishing glueing the pasta and spray-painting the entire thing gold. It feels good to finally finish a project and I love how it turned out!

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Setting up my shrine display…

To make my birthday shrine display, I cleared a space on a table in my living room and laid a favorite cloth down. Then I set up my pasta art shrine and placed my favorite tarot card inside as a special reminder for myself. Next I picked some fresh flowers from my garden, gathered my favorite stones, candles and other items from around my house and arranged them all around the shrine.

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I love the look of my birthday shrine and having a special reminder for myself to see everyday leading up the my birthday. Each day, I light the candles and allow myself time to ruminate on what it means to be turning 30 years old and to be thankful for all that I have, and stay hopeful for the future.

FEATURED MAKER: Jill Bliss

FEATURED MAKER: Jill Bliss #artist #interview
I’m super excited to have Jill Bliss as our Featured Maker today! I first met Jill when I moved home to Portland in 2009 and signed up for one of her drawing classes. Her work is amazingly detailed and I love her lush nature-inspired works. I’ve been in awe of her off-the-grid lifestyle and love following her on all her adventures on Instagram. Be sure to check out her website too!

FEATURED MAKER: Jill Bliss #artist #interview

Jill Bliss – west coast migrant

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I’ve been a professional nature-based artist and designer since 2000, and a teacher of the same for almost half that time. I spent my seminal childhood years on a farm in northern California, while my adult life took place in the big cities of New York, San Francisco & Portland OR, until two years ago when I sold most everything to travel and reconnect with the slower natural pace and living things I knew & adored as a child. I’ve been living, working, traveling & exploring amongst the Salish Sea islands of Canada & Washington State ever since.

What do you make and sell?

Mostly notecards and posters featuring my artwork, but I’m working towards creating storybooks again. I self-published two books back when I graduated from college, but then geeked out on stationery goods for the past decade or so.

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own creative business?

I didn’t make a specific decision to begin a business, my life-long hobby of making things just evolved into what I do to pay the bills. Some years it pays the bills more than others.

Jill’s tent studio.

What does your workspace/studio look like?

In the past two years I’ve moved among various short-term rentals and house sitting jobs. As long as I have a table next to a large window for lots of natural light I’m happy!

Jill's cabin studio overlooking the forest.

Jill’s cabin studio overlooking the forest.

Is your business your full time job? Or do you have a day job?

I have assorted part-time jobs also! Living in a small island community there’s always varied work available. In the past year I’ve helped organize the island historical files, cleaned & organized cabins, housesitting, care taking, etc. Lately I’ve become the island signage making person. I’ve also recently become a certified Salish Sea naturalist, so next summer I’ll be working on tourist boats and/or in the parks on one of the larger islands out here, which is perfect complimentary work to my artwork made in the off-season.

Jill's water studio! Sooo jealous...

Jill’s water studio! Sooo jealous…

How long have you been making art? Where did you first learn about it?

I’ve been making and drawing things since I can remember. Drawing is my primary way of experiencing the world, it helps me understand how things are put together and how they interrelate.

Where do you find inspiration?

As cliched as it sounds – everywhere! When I was working on my Marmot Anima piece, there was a blank-feeling little spot and I was sitting at my art desk looking out the window, wondering what I could put there. An eagle flew by. Bingo!

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Visit’s Jill’s website and follow her on Instagram!

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GIVEAWAY: Cat Nap Eye Pillow & Tea

GIVEAWAY: Cat Nap Eye Pillow & Tea #entertowin #handmade #win

Happy Monday! We are excited to announce our next giveaway on Adventures In Making. One lucky winner will receive a handmade Cat Nap Eye Pillow and two small pouches of loose leaf tea from our friends at Experience Tea.

The Cat Nap Eye Pillow is handmade by me (Rachel) and stuffed with flax seeds, dried lavender, chamomile and lemon balm – the perfect combination to sooth headaches and help you to relax.

The winner will also receive two small pouches of loose leaf tea compliments of our friends and local shop, Experience Tea. I’ve included two of my favorite teas, Lemon Gingersnap (a lovely lemon and ginger tea with a hint of cinnamon) and NW Sunsets (blend of organic lemongrass, organic chamomile, vanilla chips, lavender, peppermint and green cardamom).

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The giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 30 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Thursday, July 31. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE:

This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced on Friday, August 1. Thank you to everyone who participated!

COLOR INSPIRATION: Sunshine & Lavender

COLOR INSPIRATION: Sunshine & Lavender #moodboard #palette #color

After sipping on Sparkling Lavender Lemonade this week, I’ve been daydreaming of this lovely color palette. With the scent of fresh lavender in my nose, a hint of citrus and a big dose of sunshine I am feeling refreshed and ready for adventure!

Image Sources (clockwise): 1. Lavender Field Provence 2. Elle Magazine 3. Lavender Lemon Creme Brûlée
4. Georgianna Lane

DIY: Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book!

DIY Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book #craft #kids #printable #bug

Making your own crayons is a popular craft and a great activity you can do with your kids. I used a mini cupcake mold to make our crayons, but you could also try using a fun shaped silicon mold as well. Get your kids involved and help them make their own party favors for their friends! Plus we’ve got a free printable coloring book (illustrated by me) for everyone to have fun coloring in.

DIY Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book #craft #kids #printable #favor

DIY Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book #craft #kids #printable #favor

DIY Crayon Favors

• Old, broken crayons
• Mini cupcake tray (or other oven-proof mold)

First you want to peel the paper off all the crayons. You can soak them in water to make them easier to peel.

Next, break them up into small pieces and place them into the mold. You’ll want to be careful not to fill them too full. You don’t want to overflow the pan.

DIY Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book #craft #kids #printable #favor

Preheat oven to its lowest setting. I set mine for 170 degrees. Bake the crayons in oven for approx. 30 minutes, or until they are completely melted. Let cool completely (about 1 hour) and pop the crayons out of the mold. I used an x-acto knife to loosen any crayons that did not come out easily.

Package crayons in hand-stamped muslin drawstring gift bags and a cute custom favor tag from Evermine.com

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Click here to download the free printable coloring book!

To assemble, print pages 2-3 back to back. Fold all pages in half and saddle stitch (staple) together to form a book.

DIY Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book #craft #kids #printable #favor

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! from @Adventuresinmkg

Wishing you all a happy 4th of July! Hope you are spending your day relaxing with friends and family, grilling on the BBQ, eating watermelon and watching fireworks. Don’t forget to make yourself a delicious root beer float- a classic American treat. Happy Friday!

Love,
Rachel & Alison

FEATURED MAKER: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview
We are excited to announce a new series on Adventures In Making called Featured Maker! We ask an artist/crafter/maker some questions so that we can get to know them better. I’m so happy to have Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy (formerly Peace Owl Forest) talking with us today. I’ve been a huge fan of her work for years. Her art is oozing with hippie flowers, free spirited surfers, and happy thoughts.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

My name is Rachel from sunny south Florida, a big lover of the sea and flower power. I have been painting and doing art shows since 2009. I formerly was called Peace Owl Forest but recently have changed to Surfy Birdy. My art represents a love for the sea and the freedom it makes you feel.

What do you make and sell?

Paintings done on scrap wood or cardboard, prints, tote bags, baby tees, adult tanks, ceramic things, and more. Lately I have been painting a lot of surf art, longboard surfers, lady sliding, hanging 10, and dream homes like a treehouse, A-frame home, VW van, or tent with some fun waves out back. I also do inspirational quote art and other art that hopes to brighten your day.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

How did you get started and when did you launch your business?

I started back in 2009 when I saw a chance to paint live at a local music festival. I had been painting and decorating my walls and for friends and family and decided to try painting at this festival with my Peace Owl character and from there I was hooked. I started my etsy shop right after and have done many different craft shows, art shows and little music festivals in Florida.

Do you have any philosophies or ideals you try to represent with your work?

I just want to make people smile to feel warm and to inspire adventure.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I get my inspiration from the sea and road trips and adventures and daydreams.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

What does your workspace/studio look like?

I live in a little cottage that feels like a treehouse. It is small with a wood ceiling and marble floor. It has the feeling of living in a camper and it is just perfect for me and my pup Shelly dingo. I craft next to where I sleep and I eat next to where I craft. I like to live simply and have the option the pack up and go if adventure calls.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

Is your business your full time job? Or do you have a day job?

Right now I just do my art on the side. I work at an office with my family. I dream about one day creating full time or even part time but for now it is a balance of work, sea time, and craft time.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

Visit her Etsy Shop and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Photos by: Ryan Pinder Photography

Thank you so much Rachel for sharing your story with us! Want to be our next Featured Maker?
Visit our Contribute Page for more info!