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a couple of weeks ago a package came in the mail for me and i opened it up to find this insanely cute pair of owls that one of our fp girls in denver had made.  i immediately had to find out how she made them and she was kind enough to send me photos and instructions!

what you need:

needle & thread
scissors
2-3 fun mismatched fabrics (perfect use for an old free people bag!)
2 buttons
small piece of felt
stuffing

use a paper template like this one to cut out your pieces of fabric – use different fabrics for the top and bottom to give it a fun mis-matched look! you’ll need two pieces of fabric for the top (front and back) and two pieces for the bottom (front and back).

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the first thing you want to do when sewing these little guys is sew on the eyes and beak -  use buttons or felt for eyes and a felt triangle for the nose. for the smaller owls, add on a little piece of fabric at the top if you want to be able to hang it (these would be awesome christmas tree ornaments!)

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get funky with this little project, the more fabrics and different things you use, the better! you can use beads, buttons, felt or embroider them.

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next you want to sew the the head to the body, for the front side of the owl and the back. sew on the reverse side of the fabric, which will be on the inside of the owl.

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after completing this step, you can add a thin strip of fabric to cover the spot where you sewed the top to the bottom, if you choose – just adds to the mix of patterns and looks super cute!

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Finally you get to sew the front and back together! place the right sides of the fabric together and start sewing the little owl together all the way around, leaving a small opening the bottom. turn the owl inside out and  stuff the owl – you can even put a little lavender in there to make him smell beautiful!

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last but not least, sew up the opening & you are finished!

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thank you so much michelle!

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Comments

carmen -April 6, 2011, 11:40AM

Lovely <3

Heather -April 6, 2011, 11:49AM

How cute!! She’s got skills with that sewing machine! That must have been really fun to open.

Anonymous -April 6, 2011, 1:52PM

Soo cute. It would be cute to make bunnys for Easter

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Sierra -April 6, 2011, 1:53PM

That is adorable. It would be cute to make bunnys for Easter

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Kristin Davidson -April 6, 2011, 2:56PM

omg that’s just fabulous!!

Taylor -April 6, 2011, 3:20PM

omg these are too cute!
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laura lee -April 6, 2011, 3:34PM

oh my i wonder if i can pull this off….. must. try. tonight.

liz -April 6, 2011, 5:30PM

adorable! i’ll have to try this :) excellent post

jamie nicole -April 6, 2011, 8:42PM

I love the idea of tucking lavender inside–What an adorable scent satchel that would make!

rachael rice -April 9, 2011, 11:53PM

julia! what if someone, maybe a real big fan of the blog, who might be moving from vermont to portland oregon, and may be cleaning out loads of diy gems, wanted to send you a little something else, uhmmm what would be the address?

Anonymous -April 11, 2011, 3:10PM

SO CUTE… but looks hard.

sarah slayton -September 30, 2011, 11:22AM

have you guys ever thought of selling the bags? they are great! i have only been to a store once because there are none in kentucky, so i only have one bag(I buy a lot of my fp clothes online or at von maur). my friends love the bag! i am a dancer and always have to have my clothes and dance shoes with me and it’s perfect! and super cute!!!!!

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