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!
• 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
• Needle & thimble
• Sewing machine
• Coordinating thread and bobbins
• Iron and ironing board
• Sewing scissors
• Pins and needle
• Craft scissors
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.
Step Two: Applique the eyes and belly
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).
Next, backstitch around the entire white circle of each eye, adding eyelashes where indicated on pattern.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
TA DA! You’ve made a new Owl Friend! I recommend making them in pairs so they have a buddy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.