Monday, March 5, 2012

An Owl Friend Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to my Owl Friend. Well I am finally back to show you how to make one of your own....stay w/ me this is a long tutorial, but I have a little give away at the end.

Personally I think this little owl I made for my friend's baby's first birthday might be my favorite!  She is just so cute! (The baby, and the owl of course!)

Before I show you how I made my little owl friend, I want to give credit to where credit is due. I got my idea for this little guy from two fantastic owls tutorials....I have made a few changes, and that is what I am going to show you today!

Snuggly Owl by Ashley Johnston

My Cotton Creations
Here we goooooooo....this is a long tutorial.

Step 1: I used My Cotton Creations pattern. If you follow her link, she has a PDF file that you can download for free. The pattern is really small, so I took it into my local copy store, and had them blow it up 4 times its original size. The only thing her pattern is missing is the legs. (More on that later!)

Step 2: Cut out your shapes. The four identical shapes on the left side of the picture are the legs. I don't have a pattern for these legs. I like my legs long, so I made the leg section approx. 6" long, with a rounded head.  I originally made a three-toed foot with leg but velvet slips around, I found I was more successful if I sewed the toes than cut off the extra material...I have a few pictures later on in the tutorial.

Step 3: Sew on your parts...(okay that sounded a little wierd!)

1. Bodice/Belly

2. Wings

3. Nose

4. Outer Eye

5. Sew on buttons for the inner eye

6. I found it easiest to sew the outline of a foot. I have tried this several ways, don't try to cut out the toes first, the fabric has a tendancy to shift.

7. Then cut off the extra fabric

8. Use a dowel, or pencil to flip the leg right-side-out & stuff with poly-fill. I like to sew the legs onto the owl before I sew the back and front peices together. (Sorry I don't have a picture)

9. Pin front and back peices together, and sew. Leave an opening at the bottom of your owl, so you can flip your bird. (Yes I really did just write that).

10. I like to serge my edges then turn your bird right-side-out

11. Fill the body of your owl with Poly-Fill

12. Sew the opening closed


Because I feel so bad that I have not been able to share C's room with you, I have decided to give away an owl friend

We are going to draw a name at random at the end of the week!  (Sunday night at 7 pm eastern time to be more precise)Please follow us via Google Friends, Linky Followers, or on Facebook to enter! Also, let us know what colors you would like your owl to be in your comment! Or maybe you want the owl above, she is looking for a good home :)

Also, it is perfectly fine to enter the giveaway if you do not have a blog but if you enter as anonymous please leave us your email address so we can find you!!

As always, leave me a comment if you have any questions, it is really hard to write a good tutorial!



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  1. I've enjoyed your blog. You two are super creative and crafty. I feel like I have good ideas, but I can never "DIY." Haha!

    I love OWLS too. My daughter's nursery bedding has owls on it and I found a cute owl picture at Target. I had an artist paint some whimsical trees to go along with the owl theme. She didn't paint owls though b/c I wasn't sure how long the owl theme would last, but I knew the trees would match several new beddings in the future.

    We would love an owl friend. Her room is pink, green, yellow, aqua and orange.

    Here is a link to her nursery:

  2. Gosh, what gorgeous cuties they are:) I think I have no other option but make one myself:) Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. I second what deZeal said! I am going to have to make at least one for our house! My daughter just moved up to a full size bed and we have the cutest PB patchwork quilt. She needs some owl friends to match!

  4. Love the Owl with the corduroy belly. Would love to make one with all different textures would make a great kid pillow without the button eyes. My daughter-in-law and son love owl find some great owl hot pad might have to make this pillow for them as well.

  5. Sorry, it is me again:) I didn't pick any owl because I do not think me being outside the US qualify for the giveaway and I understand that completely. If however it is not the case, then I have to say my fave one is the grey one:)

  6. so beautiful! i really love the one with the dots, and the flowery one



  7. ADORABLE!!! Will take any one that would work for a boys room

  8. The owls are so cute, I like the longer legs too. Might have to try that sometime! Thanks for showing me.

  9. Oh for the giveaway, if I were to win, I would love the owl you used as your example. So cute!

  10. Holy Cheese Balls! I Love this. I'm obsessed with's my new thing. I actually just got this huge Purse/bag with owls all over it. I Love the details you included in your owl pillows. Cool beans all the way!

  11. Loved the owls. Grandbaby girl would love it. Cool bright colors.

  12. Oh how I wish I were more gifted on the sewing machine I inherited from my sweet Grandmother! These owls are adorable! Their cute feet look just like something Katie would fall asleep holding on to!

  13. that you shared the tutorial! We absolutely fell in love with your little owls {featured them at our last link party! } and would love for you to link up your tutorial!! Bonnie ;)

  14. Thanks for the very nice owl tutorial. Your owls are all adorable.

  15. The owls are sooooo adorable! I would love it if you would link up at my party going on now!


  16. This is a great tutorial! I'm daughter's nursery will be an owl theme (she's due in 7 weeks!). This will be a great addition to her room. Thanks for sharing :)

    Angela @ A little about A LOT

  17. Your owls are absolutely adorable! Great fabrics, colors, composition! So glad I saw your link-up at CSI!

  18. I love owls! These are super cute and fun!

  19. Thanks for the great tutorial - I would be thrilled to own one of your owls - anyone would be fine but the plaid and green one would be perfect. I love a little green in everything!

  20. I'm dropping by as The CSI Project guest judge this week. These owls are adorable. I'm so envious of people who have the talent to sew. Great job!

  21. Great tute! My grandkids just ask me to make them an owl....Now I know how :)

    Help me celebrate my move to wordpress. Come on over and enter the giveaway for a Cutting Edge stencil!

  22. Love these little guys, just posted them on Pinterest! Please enter me in the drawing!

  23. So cute!! I will be looking at doing these over Christmas.

    Coming over from CSI Link Up party, please visit my link up at

  24. I love owls!! These are so adorable!! Great job!! I'm your newest follower on GFC and Linky Followers. If you like owls, check out my daughter's first birthday party at By the way, the pink and green one would be perfect for my daughter's room! Thanks!!

  25. Oh doggone I LOVE those long legs! They're stuffed so well, they just poke right out there and create such a humorous personality for these little owls. Pinning! <3
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party open

  26. Oh I just love this tutorial! Thank you so much! I would love to have one of your owls! Don't care what color, but orange with some black patteren would look awesome,don't you think?

  27. I think I am too late but I am OBSESSED WITH OWLS. My blog is owlalwayscreate hahaha. I need to learn to make one of these but I am going to have to buy a sewing machine first! Super cute and thanks for sharing!

  28. These are incredible!! :) I love owls Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  29. That is adorable!! I wish I'd read this yesterday instead of today. I worked on a sewing project yesterday, and since I'm a total novice, this would have been helpful info to have! I'll be featuring you tonight!! :)

  30. I love the Owls.
    Can I get the pattern?
    I like the big one, And I love the way you put them on the tree branch.
    Very good.
    Thanks Bev in Ohio


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