When you think about it, owls and newborns have a lot in common: huge eyes, cute, nocturnal… That is why I thought it would be nice to make a plush owl for my friend, Maria, who is pregnant and is due next week (!!!) Well, it’s actually for her soon-to-arrive baby girl, who I am so excited to meet. I know I am completely biased, but I think this owl is a cute welcome-to-the-world handmade gift and can be an adorable addition to any nursery.
For the body and the feet, I like to use fleece. It’s a super soft material with the perfect thickness, and it really modernizes the owl. For the facial features and belly trim I use felt, because it has the stiffness I need. I use regular cotton prints (generally for quilting) for the belly, but for this part you can use any material really.
Email me if you’d like a copy of the owl pattern I designed. I’d be happy to share it with you! firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Draw out your design. I sketched out a few smaller designs before committing to one that I drew out in actual size. Make several photo copies, and cut out all the pieces (add a 1/2″ seam allowance to the body and feet pieces). Trace patterns onto fabrics and cut out.
2. Take the face panel and use pins to secure the facial features before sewing down. Start with the eyes and belly. After they are sewed down, work on the pupils and belly trim. Lastly, pin and sew down the beak.
3. Take 2 of your foot pieces and sew with right sides facing, making sure to leave the straight edge open. Turn inside out, and stuff with polyester fiberfill. Be sure to stuff all the way down to the tips of the toes. Sew the opening shut. Repeat to make second foot.
4. Pin feet to body as shown, and sew down.
5. Take the “back” panel and place on “face” panel, right sides facing. Sew around perimeter, leaving a 2 inch opening on one side. Turn inside out, stuff with polyester fiberfill, making sure to reach every crevice, including the ears, and sew opening shut. And, tada! you’ve made yourself one cute little owl.