My daughter fell in love with some stuffed owls, which were pretty but cheap-labour produced in Thailand and being sold at an extortionate price. (as were most things)
So.......... Guess what I was up to last night?
It's a no-brainer really!
A little bit wonky, but not bad for a first owly attempt. I cut a leg off a pair of old jeans for the body, and attacked the scrap bag for the rest. I didn't cut or pin anything, simply laid scraps on top - marked sewing line with air erasable marker and then machined around with a tiny zig zag stitch.... cutting away the excess with appliqué scissors. His eyes make him look a bit zombified, but needs must..... they were the only two large buttons I could find the same!
To allow him to stand up, I put a couple of tucks on the bottom edge, then gathered it all in tightly after stuffing. I finished the bottom with an oval of felt hand sewn into place. My version may be naive, but Sophie was delighted. She was so wrapped up in X Factor last night, she didn't realise I was making it. I even had a little go at machine embroidery on the back:
It looks as though it's been written left-handed, but it is at least readable!
I think I may have caught the owly bug! There's at least 1 or 2 more to issue forth yet..... Owl be seeing you again soon.