I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get this tutorial up!
These are little owls for little (or not so little if you’d like one too!) people.
They’re fantastic for using up those cute scraps you can’t bear to throw out but have no idea what to use them for.
They’re filled with rice (though you could use wheat too) and can be microwaved for a warm snuggle or popped in the freezer for any “boo-boos”.
I should say before I start that this idea is not mine! Sarah over at Purse Poppet emailed me before Christmas with the pdf for the shapes and told me to share away (she doesn’t have a blog but has a shop with the cutest, funkiest purses!).
Here’s how I did mine:
Print off the pdf here. And cut out the shapes from co-ordinating fabric. (or trace directly from your laptop screen if your super ghetto like me!)
Since I have a whole load of scraps I did three owls at once.
Lay out all your pieces to make sure you’re happy with sizes/placement/colours.
Then sew on all those little pieces! It looks incredibly time consuming but I think all three took me a couple of hours for all the sewing. I did it in a couple of sessions, and it’s not boring as you can see it gradually coming together.
Leave a small gap when sewing your big pieces together for turning and filling with rice. I folded it under and then topstitched the opening as I don’t trust my slip-stitch with a pack of rice…but I don’t think it’s noticeable!
My kids love theirs too. They ask for them warmed up and are a safe option for their beds or cuddles after being out in the snow. And we like to keep on in the freezer for a placebo cure for all injuries!
Worth all the effort.
For it to be a complete gift, ours were for my kids and my niece for Christmas, I also make a quick bag and note.
Here’s the note to explain how to use him/her. Although it’s mostly useful for the parents ;) (click the image to download and print off for yourself too)
I also make a quick bag from some fabric samples.
I had some that you find in a book when looking at what fabric to have your new sofa. They didn’t need hemming so I just had to sew around three sides turn!
And then used the holes in the fabric that the binder attaches to to loop some ribbon through for a handle.
Do you have some scraps that are begging to be used up yet?
And don’t forget to hop over to Purse Poppet to show Sarah some love for her pdf!