Monday, 17 August 2015

Make an Owl Pincushion.

Are you ready to make a little Owl Pincushion?



Requirements:

Two pieces of fabric (the largest one measuring at least 6" x 7") for the main body and                         base and a smaller piece for the center insert.
Stuffing
Thread to match fabric
Template plastic or cardboard
Two buttons
Usual sewing equipment

Before we begin download the template sheet HERE
Please check your printer to ensure it prints to the correct scale.

Finished size: Approximately 3"


Note: You can cut out the templates from the sheet or transfer the shapes to template plastic or cardboard if you are going to make a few. You will need to cut out the circle (base "C" ) in cardboard or template plastic as this will be used as part of the pincushion when completed.

 Using the templates transfer the shapes onto the fabric.







 Cut out all shapes on the line except "C" which is cut out with at about a 1/2 " border.



Using matching thread sew a running stitch around the edge of C and gather up slightly, insert cardboard/plastic disc and draw up thread. Sew a couple of small stitches to secure. I use a longer piece of thread and double it over for strength.






 With right sides together stitch main body piece (B) to belly piece (A) stopping about 1/4" from the top (narrow end). I used a 1/4" seam and shortened the length of the stitch on the sewing machine.





Finger press seam open. Do the same to the other side so that you have a little cone shape. You should be able to see where the other seam stops so that a gap is not left when you are finished.
Note: I had to unpick the seam in the photo below as I forgot to stop the 1/4" from top!!




Turn right side out and just play with the top point until you are happy with it. You may need to trim the excess fabric but be careful not to cut too much off and leave a hole! Sometimes the beak will turn out better than others.



Fold over the point about a scant 1" to make the face. Pin in place.


Using matching thread sew beak down onto the belly part. I take a couple of stitches on the top then flip it over and sew the rest from the back (inside). You will be able to feel the beak with your finger.





Using matching thread sew a running stitch around the base of the body leaving the needle attached. Draw up the thread slightly and begin stuffing the body. Use small amounts at a time, firming down as you go.




I like to keep drawing up the thread as I stuff to contain it and to shape the body as I go. You can stuff as firm or soft to your own preference. Mine is firm but not too hard.


When you are happy with the stuffing, pull the thread tight and take a few stitches to secure. Keep thread attached.





Attach the base to the body, using the attached needle and thread and a slip stitch,  holding it in place while you stitch. Adjust gathers as you sew if required.




Now to find some buttons for the eyes! Best part!  Find two matching (or if it's your fancy to have unmatched eyes then please do so) attach the eyes to the front of the bird using the photos as a guide for placement.


All finished. Hope you enjoyed making this cute little owl.






47 comments:

  1. Thank You Heather.... I'll be sure to make a few of these cuties... xox

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    1. Hey Heather, I tried to download the template and nothing came up. Wanted to make some owl pin cushions for Christmas. Can you help me? otterpc@aol.com

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    2. Check the Craftsy website for the pattern. The template is free to download.

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  2. What a great tutorial! Now I can make them too. :-)

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful design and creativity. I can't wait to make these :)

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  4. thank you Heather.. they are very sweet and I think there will be lots of little owls being made...
    Hugz

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  5. Thank you sew very much Heather for sharing your tutorial for these uber cute Owls. OWLdorable...

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  6. Thank you Heather,they are beautiful.

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  7. Thanks very much, Heather. I know I'll be making a few of these - so cute!

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  8. Err...rrr...spell check is a menace at times - that is Cuties not duties

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  9. Thanks Heather, awesome Christmas gifts x

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  10. Thank you so much Heather the owls are really cute I can't wait to make one :) xo

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  11. What a great tutorial Heather - they are so cute - perhaps too cute for pins??!

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  12. They are so cute, thank you for the pattern

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  13. Good Morning, Heather!
    Thank you so much for sharing these...you did an amazing tutorial! I can't wait to have a rainy afternoon to make a whole basketful of these to share with friends and family...or to just keep for myself! :)
    Have a blessed day,
    Laura

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  14. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous owl pattern Heather. LOVE THEM !!

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  15. This is adorable, Heather! My sweet aunt-in-law sent me the link to this tutorial and I'm so glad she did! Hopefully I can make some of these cute owls soon :)

    I am a happy new follower of yours and I look forward to visiting again. Hugs! Stephanie - The Enchanting Rose

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  16. Hi Heather, I,m a new follower too, but I'll be back. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern. Maria xxxx

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  17. Thank you so much for the tutorial for your cute little owls. I'll definitely be making some of these.

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  19. Thank you and Jenny for sharing your cute little Owls! I know I will be making one or two soon!

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  20. SEW VERY SWEET! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  21. A lovely tutorial, thank you for sharing, I'm look forward to making some of these for my stitching friends :)

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  22. Hi Heather thankyou so very much for your lovely tutorial ,these are so cute xx

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  23. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  24. Oh well done on a wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing Heather :)

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  25. Quick, easy, & adorable!! Based on your wonderful design, I'm working on a little brown flannel hedgehog/porcupine! Straight pins add to the effect.
    Thank you, from the Olympic Peninsula - Washington State - U.S.A.
    Ingrid

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  26. I'm having trouble down loading the templates is there a trick to this?

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  27. please help...i'm already to try this but what are the dimensions of the template pieces???? all i see is 6x7 for the body...when i download the pattern it seems rather small...thank you

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    1. Go back to Craftsy and check out the new download. More information has been added. These are small, about 2.5 to 3 inches high.

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  28. Precious little owl! I think they would make handsome penquins also in black and white. What do you think?. Thenks for the pattern and the tutorial.

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  29. Thank you so much ~ These are super adorable! I can't wait to make a few!

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  30. I can't wait to make these adorable pincushions. Thanks for the pattern.

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  31. I can't wait to make these adorable pincushions. Thanks for the pattern.

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  32. Woohoo. My friend Margaret who had made some of these sent me your link. I am definitely going to make some for all the seamstresses in my family for next Christmas. They are so cute! Thank you!

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  33. These pincushion owls are addictive! I've made 6 so far! Thank you for sharing!!

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  34. Adorable little Owls. Thanks for the lovely pattern & instructions.

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  35. Thank you so much for this pattern; I absolutely LOVE these little guys and they are so very easy to make. I noticed on the web alot of variations and I like the buttons for the eyes the best!! THANK YOU MUCH!

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  36. OMG — these are too cute for words! I've got to make one for everyone in my quilting class before the next session. Thanks!

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  37. Very cute pattern. Just have one question: You sew buttons on after the owl is completed? Wouldn't it be easier to sew the eyes on before you stuff it? (I'm trying to imaging how to sew buttons on without have access to inside of owl.)
    Thanks.
    Judy

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  38. awesome pattern. Thank you

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  39. I got it Heather, hope to make these tomorrow!!

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