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By Paloma Rocha

Owl garland 2
Size: 3-4

Please, read all of the instructions


before starting your project.
Felt
Felt can basically be divided into two types: wool felt or washable felt. Wool felt is
recommended for these felties. These quality materials help owls look their very best.

Cutting tiny shapes


Remove paper
pattern

Paper pattern
Felt
Cut

Cut out the paper pattern roughly and attach it onto felt. Roughly cut out the felt around
the pattern, which will be easier to maneuver and cut to final shape without removing
paper.
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Sewing and embroidery


These owls are embroidered and stitched together with embroidery floss.
In case youre not familiar with one of the stitches, you can practice the stitches a few
times on a felt scraps before working on a ornament. None of the stitches are difficult, but
can take some practice to get perfect. Always keep your stitches and the space between
them the same length. Be consistent with your sewing tension.
Or, if you want to keep embroidery to a minimum, you can sometimes glue on certain
elements, instead of embroidering them.
You can experiment and use your imagination to customize the project.
These illustrations will help you with any unfamiliar stitches:
1. Applique stitch

2. Overcast stitch

4. Back stitch

3. Straight stitch

1out

2 in
1out

3 out

Working
direction

2 in

Carry needle 1 stitch


beyond previous stitch

Keep thread
at right angle

1. Appliqu Stitch: Stitching a felt piece onto a felt surface. Place the appliqu on the background
felt. Make tiny stitches perpendicular to the edge of the appliqu.
2. Overcast Stitch: Simple stitch over the edge of the felt. Also called whip-stitch, is used to attach
two pieces of felt. This isnt a decorative stitch, so always use floss that matches the color of the felt
and make the stitches small and neat.
3. Straight Stitch: Use a simple straight stitch to create a motif.
4. Back Stitch: This simple stitch creates a solid line so its great for outlining shapes or creating text.
A backstitch gets its name because you create it moving the needle a stitch backward before moving it
forward to create the next stitch.

Sew on

Appliqu
stitch
If you are using your owl as a brooch, attach the pin to the owl back. Sew a brooch finding
securely to the center of the head back with doubled thread. If you want, you can cover the
base of the pin back with a small felt heart.
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Owl 1
Materials
. Rose felt (4 x 8) .
. Scraps of dark, light and medium pink and
golden felt.
. Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss.

. Embroidery needle.
. Scissors.
. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. 2 Safety eyes (4 mm)
. Pencil or felt marker.

Face

Owl
back

Front
Mask

Appliqu
stitch

Belly
Beak

Wing
front
Eye hole
placement

Wing
back

Overcast
stitch darts
(wrong side)

s
Insert eye

Pink
straight
stitch

Bla
straigck
stitchht

Gold
straight stitch

Straight
stitch

Overcast
stitch

Overcast
stitch

Fold
Stuff

Opening for
stuffing

Print the pattern pieces on page 13 onto paper and cut out to make templates. Trace
templates onto felt using a felt marker or pencil and cut out on the line. Use the templates
to cut two owl and two wing shapes from the rose felt; one beak shape from the golden
felt and one face and two wing shapes from the light pink felt; and one mask from the
medium pink felt and one belly from the dark pink felt.
Pin the face, mask and the belly in place on owl front shape. Using the matching sewing
thread, appliqu stitch around the edges.
Carefully, make a tiny hole with the tip of a very sharp pair of embroidery scissors. Insert
safety eye and connectors at back. Center the owl beak between the owl eyes, checking
against the picture to position it correctly. Overcast stitch the beak in place using golden
floss. Thread the needle with two strands of black floss. Make the brows by sewing a
tiny straight stitch and, if you like, add little eyelashes. Using two strands of dark pink
embroidery floss, add a few decorative stitches to the face to suggest feathers. Embroider
the feet using two straight stitches and six strands of orange embroidery floss.
Overcast stitch the darts on front and back head pieces with two strands of pink floss,
making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
Align the two wing pieces (oats + rose) and sew together with a overcast stitch.
Pin or glue the wings in place on the wrong side of the owl back shape. Align the two
owl shapes together and thread an embroidery needle with two strands of matching
embroidery floss. Stitch the pieces together around the edges using overcast stitch, sewing
through all four layers of felt in the wings areas, leaving a gap open.
Before ending overcast stitches, push in toy stuffing using a stick and stitch it closed.
Knot thread and cut off excess.
Fold the right wing and secure it to the face with a straight stitch.

Materials

Owl 2
. Sea green felt (5 x 7) .
. Scraps of white and golden felt.
. Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss.

. Embroidery needle and Scissors.


. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. Pencil or felt marker.
. Artist pastels.
ack ch
Blk stit
bac

Owl
front

Owl
back

Appliqu
stitch

Face

Gree
backn
stitch

Green
straight
stitch

Beak
Overcast
stitch darts
(wrong side)

B
straighlack
t stitch

Overcast
stitch

he
nt t
Pai eeks
ch

Opening for
stuffing

Stuff

Use the templates (see page 13) to cut two owl shapes from the sea green felt, one beak
shape from the golden felt and a face shape from the white felt.
Pin the face in place on the head. Using the matching sewing thread, appliqu stitch
around the edges of the face with two strands of floss.
Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of black embroidery floss and sew the
eyes and lashes onto the face piece, checking against the picture to get the placement
right. The eyes are made using a few curving backstitches, and the eyelashes with two
small straight stitches for each eye. Make the brows by sewing two tiny straight stitches.
Embroider the wings with two drops of backstitch along the sides of the body shape.
Using two strands of light green embroidery floss, add a few decorative stitches to the
belly to suggest feathers.
Center the owl beak between the owl eyes. Thread an embroidery needle with one strand
of gold embroidery floss and sew around the beak with a small, neat appliqu stitch.
Overcast stitch the darts on front and back owl pieces with two strands of sea green floss,
making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
Align the two owl pieces together, right sides out. Thread an embroidery needle with two
strands of sea green embroidery floss and sew the two owl pieces together with a overcast
stitch. Stop stitching when opening is small enough for stuffing. Fill it with toy stuffing
and stitch it closed. Add a bit of color to it cheeks using an artist pastel or powder blush.
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Owl 3
Materials
. Green felt ( x) .
. Scraps of white, dark green and golden felt.
. Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss.

. Embroidery needle and scissors.


. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. Pencil or felt marker.
. Artist pastels

Owl
front

Owl
back

Wing
front

Belly

Appliqu
stitch

Wing
back

Face

Overcast
stitch darts
(wrong side)

Beak

ack ch
Blk stit
bac

straiBlack
ght s
ti

tch

Overcast
stitch

Green
straight
stitch

Glue or pin

Overcast
stitch

Stuff

Opening for
stuffing

Paint t
h
cheeks e

Use the templates (see page 14) to cut all the owl shapes.
Carefully position the owl front at the top of the face piece. Adjust the face so that its
centred correctly and pin in place. Sew using tiny appliqu stitch and two strands of green
floss. Keep the stitches small so youll barely see them when youre finished.
Center the owl beak on the face. Thread an embroidery needle with one strand of gold
embroidery floss and sew around the beak with a small, neat appliqu stitch.
Pin the belly in place on owl front shape. Using the matching sewing thread, appliqu
stitch around the edges. Add a few decorative stitches to the belly to suggest feathers using
two strands of dark green floss.
Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of black embroidery floss and embroider
the eyes, brows and lashes, using the picture as a guide.
Overcast stitch the darts on front and back head pieces with two strands of green floss,
making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
Align the two wing pieces (green + white) and sew together with a overcast stitch.
Pin or glue the wings in place on the wrong side of the back owl shape. Align the two owl
shapes together and thread an embroidery needle with two strands of green embroidery
floss. Stitch the pieces together around the edges using overcast stitch, sewing through all
four layers of felt in the wings areas, leaving a gap open. Before ending overcast stitches,
push in toy stuffing using a stick and stitch it closed. Knot thread and cut off excess.
Paint the cheeks using artist pastels. Rub the pastel on a piece of paper and then apply the
resulting powder with a soft brush.

Owl 4
Materials
. Embroidery needle.
. Scissors.
. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. 2 Safety eyes (4 mm)
. Pencil or felt marker.

. Violet felt (5 x 8) .
. Scraps of lilac, white and golden felt.
. Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss.

Eye

Owl
back

Belly

Front
Belly

Wing
front

Appliqu
stitch

Beak
Wing
back
s
Insert eye

Overcast
stitch
Eye hole
placement

Vio
straiglet
stitchht

ge
Oranight
straitch
st

Overcast
stitch darts
(wrong side)

Overcast
stitch

Glue or pin

Stuff

Use the templates (see page 15) to cut all the owl shapes.
Pin the face and the belly in place on owl front shape. Using the matching sewing thread,
appliqu stitch around the edges.
Carefully, arrange the white eyes in place, as pictured, and pin them in place. Sew the
eyes in position with matching sewing thread, sewing around the edges of each shape
with appliqu stitches. Center the owl beak between the owl eyes, checking against the
picture to position it correctly. Thread an embroidery needle with one strand of golden
embroidery floss and sew around the beak with a small, neat appliqu stitch.
Carefully, make two tiny holes with the tip of a very sharp pair of embroidery scissors,
checking the picture to get the placement right. Insert safety eyes and connectors at back.
Using the diagram as a guide, sew a few long straight stitches around the eyes using two
strands of orange and violet embroidery floss. Add a few decorative stitches to the belly
to suggest feathers.
Overcast stitch the darts on front and back head pieces with two strands of violet floss,
making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
Align the two wing pieces (violet + lilac) and sew together with a overcast stitch.
Pin or glue the wings in place on the wrong side of the back owl shape. Align the two owl
shapes together and thread an embroidery needle with two strands of violet embroidery
floss. Stitch the pieces together around the edges using overcast stitch, sewing through all
four layers of felt in the wings areas, leaving a gap open.
Before ending overcast stitches, push in toy stuffing using a stick and stitch it closed.
Knot thread and cut off excess.
Paint the cheeks using artist pastels. Rub the pastel on a piece of paper and then apply the
resulting powder with a soft brush.

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Owl 5
Materials
. Dark blue felt (4 x 7) .
. Scraps of light blue and golden felt.
. Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss.

ack ch
Blk stit
bac

Beak
Owl
back

Owl
front

Appliqu
stitch

Face
Overcast stitch
darts(wrong side)

. Embroidery needle and Scissors.


. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. Pencil or felt marker.
. Artist pastels.

Overcast
stitch

Opening for
stuffing

lue
Light ibght
stra h
stitc

Stuff

stra Black
ight
stitc
h

Orang
bac e
stitchk

Paint the
cheeks

Use the templates (see page 15) to cut two owl shapes from the dark blue felt, one beak
shape from the golden felt and a face shape from the light blue felt.
Pin the face in place on the head. Using the matching sewing thread, appliqu stitch
around the edges.
Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of black embroidery floss and sew the eyes
and lashes onto the face piece, checking against the picture to get the placement right. The
eyes are made using a few curving backstitches, and the eyelashes with two small straight
stitches for each eye. Make the brows by sewing a tiny straight stitch. Embroider the
wings with two lines of backstitch along the sides of the body shape. Using two strands of
light blue embroidery floss, add a few decorative stitches to the belly to suggest feathers.
Center the owl beak between the owl eyes. Thread an embroidery needle with one strand
of golden embroidery floss and sew around the beak with a small, neat appliqu stitch.
Overcast stitch the darts on front and back owl pieces with two strands of dark blue floss,
making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
Align the two owl pieces together, right sides out. Thread an embroidery needle with two
strands of dark blue embroidery floss and sew the two owl pieces together with a overcast
stitch. Stop stitching when opening is small enough for stuffing. Fill it with toy stuffing
and stitch it closed. Add a bit of color to it cheeks using an artist pastel or powder blush.
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Photo gallery

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Owl 1

Face (cut 1)
Light pink
Owl (cut 2)
Rose
Belly (cut 1)
Dark pink

Wing (cut 4)
2 Light pink
2 Rose

Beak (cut 1)
Gold

Mask (cut 1)
Medium pink

Owl 2

Owl (cut 2)
Sea green

Face (cut 1)
White

Beak (cut 1)
Gold

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Owl 3

Owl back (cut 1)


Green

Owl front(cut 1)
Green
Beak (cut 1)
Gold

Face (cut 1)
White

Wing (cut 4)
2 Green
2 White

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Belly (cut 1)
Dark green

Owl 4
Face (cut 1)
Lilac

Owl (cut 2)
Violet
Eyes (cut 2)
White

Beak (cut 1)
Gold

Belly (cut 1)
White

Wing (cut 4)
2 Lilac
2 Violet

Owl 5

Owl (cut 2)
Dark blue
Face (cut 1)
Light blue

Beak (cut 1)
Gold

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