Create a Tiny Felt Owl

Edited by Laurel Waddell, Eng, Lynn

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Owls are one of my daughter's favorite creatures. I'm always looking for new creative ways to add owls to her home decor. These two-inch owls are the perfect size to create a mobile to hang over a baby crib, attach to a clothespin for a cute little chip clip, or add a magnet strip with which to display photos on the fridge. Add some owlish fun to your life with this little crafting project: VisiHow how to Create A Tiny Elf Owl.

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    What you will need:
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    Tape measure
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    Scissors (small scissors with a sharp points are helpful for cutting tight curves and tiny details)
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    Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
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    Standard sharp needle
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    Patterns
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    Owl - 2 inches by 2 inches; Wings - 1 1/8 inches long by 5/8 inch wide; Eyes - 1/2 inch in diameter; Beak - 5/8 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. (I sketch my patterns by hand, but there are patterns available online, or you can trace the outline of a picture from a child's story book or coloring book. Another trick is to find a bright image online using your phone, scaling the image to size, laying thin paper over your phone, and tracing the outline.)
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    Two pieces of felt, each one a different color (I chose brown and blue for this project since those are the colors of my grandson's room decor)
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    One yellow craft foam sheet
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    One skein of floss (matching the color of the owl's body)
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    Two tiny buttons (matching the color of the owl's body)
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    Approximately 10 square inches cut from a plastic grocery bag for stuffing (just one more small way to recycle)
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    How this little owl comes together:
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    Use the owl pattern to cut two pieces from the color of felt you have chosen for the body - front and back
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    (I find it easier to cut around the pattern rather than try to trace the pattern on the felt.)
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    Cut two wings and two eyes from the remaining color of felt.
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    Cut the beak from the yellow craft foam sheet
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    With the hot glue gun, attach the front and back pieces of felt to each other, leaving an opening wide enough for one finger.
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    Slip stuffing into the opening of the body.
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    Finish gluing the two pieces together.
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    Trim any excess glue from around the edges of the body.
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    Use a small dot of hot glue to attach the wings, eyes, and buttons to the body to hold them in place for easier sewing
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    (Make sure not to plug the button holes with the glue by dabbing it beside the holes.)
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    Use hot glue to securely attach the beak
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    Use a baseball stitch to sew around the out side edge of the entire owl with two strands of floss
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    (Ten inches is just about the right length needed.)
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    Finish attaching the eyes and wings with a whip stitch, using two strands of floss
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    Enjoy your little owl companion
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    Make her a little friend by swapping the felt colors. Add them to other craft projects or just let them share your pillow.
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Categories : Arts & Crafts

Recent edits by: Eng, Laurel Waddell

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