I hate to say that I follow the ‘normal’ trends but lets admit it, we all do at times!
Sometimes it’s actually impossible not to when shopping in major shopping centers or even markets because when a particular style is out it is everywhere!
A fair few months ago I started seeing owl pillows popping up and then came the figurines, bedding, clothing and many more items in all shapes and sizes. I had seen a particular pillow at a market that caught my eye but for the price of $40 I wasn’t willing to buy it. I continued my search but couldn’t find the shape or colour that i liked (I’m a bit fussy at times!). One quiet afternoon i decided enough was enough and I’d make one myself!
I’ve used mums ancient sewing machine a hand full of times in my life and using this machine in particular does take some patience. With a little lesson from my mum and a quick trip to lyncraft I was on my way to creating my master piece.
In just a few hours i had created my little mate, Ollie The Owl!
His not perfect, but really, who is!
So here’s a run down of how i did it.
1. Choose fabric and buy along with stuffing (just from your local art shop)
2. Select a pattern OR what i did was google imaged owl pillows, found the one i liked then on cooking paper, free hand, drew the outline of the owl. Cut it out and there’s your pattern
3. Pin the pattern to your fabric (in my case i went el’cheapo and brought a scrap pack of material and then just sewed them all together to make a quilt affect) and cut the pattern out twice so you have 2 identical shapes. * Dont forget you need to make it slightly bigger than you want it as you need to leave room for the hemUsing felt i cut out circles for the eyes and a triangle for the beak and hand sewed them to the material – do this now.
4. Sew the 2 pieces together leaving a small hole (at the base of the owl so if you do a bodge job at hand sewing you cant see) and fill with stuffing. Hand sew the hole.