Here's the inspiration pin. Efemera-Ink definitely made much cuter owls than I did! But I had fun with it anyway. Here's her post/tutorial: Wise?
I did a few things differently:
- I stuffed him with coffee beans instead of stuffing. I wanted him to turn out more like a bean bag than a stuffed animal. Plus, I didn't have any stuffing. Let's not forget to mention that because of this, he smells amazing!
- I didn't have any felt, so I used some cloth and buttons for his eyes.
- I sewed him by hand.
- I didn't use cardboard in his butt circle. He already sat pretty well on his own because of the coffee beans.
Here's how my owl went:
See that massive fold in the fabric? Fixed with Downy Wrinkle Releaser! I hate ironing. Thank you, Downy for keeping me from having a wrinkled owl.
I wasn't completely clear at this step whether she sewed up the owl butt before attaching the butt circle. I didn't have much of a choice - the beans kept spilling out and needed to be held in. I got it nice and snug, then attached the butt circle.
As I said before, I didn't include the cardboard in the butt circle - this is just fabric.
My finished owl! The only thing I still want to do is protect his eyes from fraying. I'm out of clear nail polish, but once I get some I'll put it around the edges of the fabric to keep it from fraying. If you haven't done this before, it's a great way to keep fabric, ribbons, etc. looking nice.
I left my owl sitting on my nightstand when I was done... maybe the smell of him will wake me up in the morning!