The holiday season is beginning! I would start decorating in July if my husband would let me. In fact, I would keep a tree up all year! I love the season and all the decorating that goes along with it.
So....until the new year, I'll be posting ideas for gifts, ornaments, decorating, holiday foods, or whatever I can dream up for the season. Today, I made a little group of owl ornaments. I used fabric scraps from my scrap box. You could hang them on a tree or use them on a gift (maybe along with a card that reads "Owl Have a Blue Christmas Without You" or "Owl Be Home for Christmas!". I group of them might make a nice little arrangement on a table or hanging from a sparkly branch as a centerpiece.
They're quick and easy to make. For even more fun, let your children or grandchildren decorate them!
|Sew on the lines, leaving the bottom open.|
|Turn right sides out.|
|Cut ovals of cardboard and of felt to fit inside the bottom opening. You can stand your little figure up and get a pretty good idea of how big to make the oval. It doesn't have to fit perfectly, only close.|
|Stuff each owl with either polyester stuffing or cotton stuffing.|
|Sew a running stitch around the bottom of the owl.|
|Insert the cardboard and pull the running stitch to close the bottom over it.|
|Sew the felt over the bottom.|
|Coat the figure with gel medium. Let dry well. (If you don't have gel medium, white glue such as Elmer's can be used as a substitute.) This will give the figure a "harder" surface.|
|Use gesso to paint face and tummy areas.|
|Use colored permanent marker to add details.|
|Sew a little loop of floss at the top of each if you want to hang them. Don't try for perfection on these. Let them have character. I would really love to see these detailed by children. So have fun!|