Hi y’all! I’m Earl-Leigh and I have a little blog where I talk about random events in my life and sewing. I’m so psyched that Dallas is allowing me to guest post on her wonderful blog today!
Some of you are about to cringe, but as an honorary Christmas Elf…I’m here to give a quick tutorial on a DIY owl ornament. Christmas is my favorite time of the year so I’m getting a jump start on this year’s handmade ornaments! The most fun aspect of this tutorial is that you can sew along with me or use glue (either fabric glue or hot glue) so that any little ones can help with your guidance. See instructions at the bottom if you do choose not to sew. If you do not want a woodland creature hanging from your tree or if you just don’t celebrate Christmas, you could use the tutorial and turn your ornaments into hood ornaments, lavender sachets or whatever else your creative brains come up with. Here goes!
What You’ll Need:
One 6 ½” x 8 1/2'” piece of pretty fabric or felt (I used felt)
Fabric Marker or Chalk
Coffee Mug or Soup Can
One- Hole Punch
One 8” to 12” Piece of Ribbon
Scrap Materials and Decorative Notions
1. Take your coffee mug or canned good and trace a circle onto a piece of cardstock or paper.
2. Draw two triangles on top of your circle and one on each side. The second set of triangles will become your wings so you can be as fanciful or simple as you like.
After cutting initially, I decided to give my owl round wings
3. Cut two of your owl shapes out. One will be the front and one will be the back.
I used a scrap piece of fabric, roughly the size of a guitar pick, to make my wings
5. I cut circles from another piece of fabric and used buttons to make eyes.
7. Once satisfied with the looks of your owl, put your two pieces together wrong sides facing. (meaning you will still be able to see your new buddy’s cute little face)
8. Using a blanket stitch, begin your stitches below the ear to your right. (here’s another link in case you prefer photos to video)
9. Stop sewing once you reach the other ear. Now its time for you to make him or her fluffy with the stuffing. Make it as fat as you like.
10. Put the ends of your ribbon together and make a knot. Now you’ll have one big loop.
Take your loop and insert the knotted end into the owl. Be sure to leave enough of your loop out to get a get a good hang.
I glued a fuzzy chenille tummy on at the end
If you decide to glue, then you can just cut out one owl shaped piece of fabric. Decorate as you would like. Take the one-hole punch and punch a hole through the top of your new friend’s head (violent, I know). You’ll then insert your ribbon through the hole and volia!