Wednesday, January 20, 2010

re-purposed owl pillow

Meet our newest family room friend!!! I am so excited about this finished project. I LOVE owls! I don't know why, but they have always seemed a bit whimsical to me. I was digging through a bag of old clothes the other day and found an old sweater and the owl was imagined! it didn't take long for me to gather a few old shirts for coordinating fabric. Literally all the fabric used is re-purposed!!!!! 
I wanted to do a tutorial, but my camera battery was dead, and I have to use my time when I can get it, so he was created without pictures of the process, but it was really quite simple.

1. draw your pattern- I use fusible interfacing to draw my patterns on. I based this owl loosely off my hair clips that I make.
2. cut out the pattern and pin it to the sweater so it goes through both sides.
3. Cut out the owl from the sweater.
4. using coordinating knit fabrics (they won't fray) cut out the belly and eyes.
a. I used various household items to draw the eye circles (jars etc...) and the smallest circle i used the sweater material.
5. Cut out a triangle for the nose. This should be fairly large so the eyes can overlap it.
6. sew your belly onto the front of one of the sweater pieces. I used a tight zigzag stitch, but you could straight stitch around .
7. sew the nose on. I used a straight stitch. sew your eyes on going from largest to smallest using a straight stitch.
8. Pin your owl right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing.
9. Stuff with poly-fill and close with a hidden stitch.
You now have a new friend too!!!!

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  2. I love him, he is so cute! Does he like popcorn? Because he'd be a great excuse for a movie night.

    I've also posted on Somewhat Simple. Pop by if you get a chance (

  3. My 23 year old daughter loves retro owls like this, too! Great eyemagination and sewing job! Lezlee

  4. You need to have Kari from UCreate look at this! She is obsessed with Owls and would love this! It is darling!

  5. Don't you hate it when your batteries die? I do and they always seem to die when I need the camera most. For example: I took my 11 (now almost 13) daughter to the Hannah Montana concert, and you guessed it the batteries died. I would have paid $50.00 if they sold batteries at the concert. Probably not $50, but I would have paid.

    Sorry for rambling..

    That is such a cute owl pillow.
    Thanks for joining my party...

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