On Saturday, the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library hosted a stuffed felt owl craft workshop, put together and led by Stitch Fetish's Lalania Simone. It was a fun, easy project -- and, come on: Look at this guy.
Here's a breakdown of how to make one:
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Simone was sweet enough to prepare everything for us; task number one was to pick a color scheme. You will need two pieces of felt for the outline, one oval for the belly, two small and two large wing shapes, one triangular beak, two circles for eyes and two buttons.
You will also need two (or more, if you want) different colors of embroidery floss; one each of the typical six-strand lengths of floss will be sufficient. For this owl, I chose sage green and yellow thread.
Sew the tummy onto one of the owl base pieces, using a simple running stitch, or a blanket stitch if you prefer. Use two strands of embroidery floss. Stitch V's onto the tummy to give your owl some feathers. Now it's the beak's turn: Sew that baby on with another running stitch. Next come the eyes, one at a time. Use stitches from the center of each circle and back again, and move around the circle of the eye. The center might not look very pretty when you're done, but that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect, because you're about to cover it up with ... a button! Sew the small wing pieces onto the larger wing pieces. Now it's time to stitch around the edges. Simone showed me how to do a blanket stitch, which was much simpler than I anticipated and gave a nice effect around the edge. (Seriously, people, if I can make this owl, you can make this owl.) You can use more embroidery floss for this step, even four strands (I used two). Pro tip: Don't do what I did and start at the bottom. Because it's easier to leave that open for the next step ... Which is stuffing. Leave a gap in your stitching so you can get the material in. Finish sewing up the edges, then stitch the wings on. Final verdict: Awwwww.
Simone did a great job of making this craft accessible and fun, and she's full of tips on how to hide your thread ends and other gems of wisdom. She teaches workshops at Fancy Tiger and is also available to teach private classes; you can look at some of her crafts for sale at http://stitchfetish.etsy.com.