And I’ve made you something!
These little owl ornaments are a perfect project for little scraps and they are quick to make. I’m making lots as gifts or to add to packaging.
They’re inspired by the little, lost Saw-whet owl who was accidentally transported to NYC with the giant tree for Rockefeller Center this year. He has since gotten some first aid and been returned to his forest. What an ordeal for the little guy!
Let’s make little owl ornaments!
You probably already have everything you need. And they lend themselves to batch production A glue stick really helps with that – the parts are little and a glue stick is much quicker and easier than pins. You can set up a bunch of fronts so they’re all ready to stitch. It’s easier than pins.
You will also need:
- scraps – wool, cotton and linen are great
- a basic sewing kit
- chopstick or similar
- embroidery thread
1. Cut out two body pieces, two eye pieces and one head and beak and one each of the three wing pieces.
2. With the right side of the front body fabric facing you use a tiny bit of glue stick to place your pieces as shown. Leave the top wing piece off for now.
3. Use a contrasting color embroidery thread to stitch the head cover and wing pieces in place.
4. Stitch buttons to the center of the circles with embroidery thread also. Use regular sewing thread in a matching color to stitch the beak in place with tiny whip stitches around the edge.
5. Uses a contrasting embroidery thread to stitch around the eyes and add some straight stitches to his breast.
6. Create a loop of string or embroidery thread for hanging and knot the ends. Mark the 1/4 inch seam allowance on the wrong side of the back fabric.
7. Place the hanging loop on the face of the owl with the loop facing down and the tails near fabric edge.
8. Place the back body over the front – right sides together- pin and sew the seam leaving open along the wing side.
9. Clip little notches all around the seam allowance being careful not to clip the seam.
10. Turn the owl right side out. Running a chopstick along the seam inside the owl with gentle pressure will help expand the curve. Fold in the edges of the opening and press the owl.
11. Stitch the upper wing in place.
12. Lightly stuff the owl. I’m using this awesome wool.
13. And finally stitch the opening closed with tiny whip stitches.
Hello little owl!
I hope you make owls! If you do I’d love to see – please use #annwoodpattern on instagram or send photos to: info at ann wood handmade dot com.