Are you wanting an easy way to make cute little owls for a quilt, pillow, place-mat, table runner or how about a panel for a bag? I have one for you here, complete with a picture tutorial. You can make it any size you want and give each owl a different personality with easy to make eyes!
Let's get started!
|2. Cut the rectangle in half diagonally.
|3. Flip one side over and overlap the wide end. You are preparing to make your pattern for the "face" area.
|4. Fold or mark the angle make by the bottom piece. Remember, though, that you have flipped this piece to the wrong side, so flip it back over and re-mark on the right side.
|6. Cut out your pieces adding a 1/4" seam allowance. (You can cut without adding the seam allowance and your owl will be a little smaller, but that works too!)
|7. Fold back the face portion and mark your fabric where you will be sewing the face on. Alternatively, you can just cut your pattern pieces apart and leave your 1/4" seam allowance.
|8. Cut out your face portion from a contrasting fabric.
|9. Sew this piece on to the piece you marked by putting right sides together with seam lines together and remembering that you will be flipping it up when sewn. Flip right side over and press. Trim away the fabric from behind the face area.
|10. Sew the other side on. You now have the main body of the owl.
|12. Fold in half with right sides together. With the fold at the bottom, sew a 1/4" seam down one side.
|13. Turn right side out and make a triangle by putting the seam down the center. Press. Trim off the excess.
|14. Pin the wings to the sides of the body. (You can choose to make a different style wing and sew it into the seam here, if desired.)
|15. Cut and sew border strips. The direction you press your seam will determine whether the wings flap out or in. You can do them either way. I decided my owl was a little too tall, so I cut 1" off the bottom before sewing the bottom border on.
|16. The owl with borders sewn.
|18. Trace off two circles the size you want onto the dull side of freezer paper. Press to the RIGHT side of the pattern you want. Cut out leaving a 1/8" seam allowance.
|19. Using a glue stick, run a line of glue along the seam allowance on the WRONG side of the fabric circle. Pinch the seam allowance to the wrong side all the way around. Press.
|20. Add an outer border and your owl block is finished!
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