Sunday, November 13, 2011

Owl Ornaments!


In our house Christmas is absolutely NOT allowed until after Thanksgiving.  I was born on Thanksgiving, so I take it personal when people skip right over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas.

So why the story?  Because I'm kinda breaking my own rule and I made something for Christmas before Thanksgiving!

For the past few years I have found cute ornaments and tied them onto all the Christmas presents I give out.  This year I wanted to make some!  I found this tutorial by Craft Passion for an owl keychair holder and modified it for my needs.

First I opened her PDF file for the owl template and traced those out on wax paper.


The hard part for me is always choosing fabrics!  I chose ten prints and ten coordinating solids.

Cut out a piece of your print that is large enough for the main body of the owl and the eyes.

Attach your template for the owl'l body, pin it in place, them cut it out!


If you fold the fabric over so the wrong sides are together, you will cut out the front and back at the same time and they will be even.


Here are all the different colored owls!


For the stomach, eyes, and beak cut out the right amount of fabric needed and iron it onto fusible interfacing.  I saved all the scrap fabric from where I cut out the body and ironed all the scraps onto the interfacing.


Your owl eye consists of three circles, each one smaller than the first.  The largest and smallest circles will be the same color as the solid tummy.  The medium sized circle will be the same color as the main body.  You can make the beak any color you want!

Peel the back off the fusbile interfacing and iron all your pieces onto the body of the owl.


Now grab some sort of ribbon or string.  I used hemp.  I cut them into approximately 2 1/2 inch pieces.  Fold your piece in half and pin it in between the front and back of your owl body.


Now you're going to sew around the edge of the owl.  I started on the bottom right of the owl and sewed until I had about a two inch space left. 

Leave your owl right on the sewing machine and put in a little bit of fill.


Finish sewing and don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitch.

You're done!


These are really easy to make.  Just a little tedious cutting out all the small pieces.  This is a great scrap-buster project! 




Cheers!
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35 comments:

  1. I love owls and therefore <3 these ornaments!
    Please come and link them to my $10 or less Christmas ornaments or gifts party!
    www.aweemeenit.com
    thanks!!

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  2. These are fantastic! Love the fabric choices!

    Gabby
    The...Late, Young Family

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  3. oh they're so stinkin cute!! I'm also impressed with all of the sewing you've been doing lately!! :)

    Hey - when's your birthday?! Mine's the 22nd...right around Thanksgiving too!!

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  4. oh my goodness! i might have let out an audible squeal when i saw these!!!!

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  5. Very, very cute! My daughter is obsessed with owls and I know would love one of these for herself!

    P.S. Come visit my blog for a chance to win 25 FREE Shutterfly Holiday Cards: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-shutterflys-2011-holiday-cards.html

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  6. I forgot to tell you on FB how much I loved your little owl. Love them all! And such a cute idea to put them on gifts.

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  7. Oh my gosh these are ADORABLE!!!!! I am love with owls (I did an owl fingerpuppet tutorial on my owl blog on Friday!) and I just might have to make these!!! I am going to Pin them right now, and follow your blog. OHm and like your name too ;)

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  8. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-13.html

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  9. Your owl ornaments are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  10. So cute! And what a sweet personal touch to add to your gifts.

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  11. These are freaking adorable!! Thank you for linking up to More the Merrier Mondays.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  12. These are gorgeous! I love the idea and may have to steal it for my own pressies :) Thanks so much for a fantastic tutorial xxx

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  13. These are some seriously cute owls! We would love love love for you to share these at our Home for the Holidays link party!

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/11/home-for-holidays-link-party-2.html

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  14. Wow a lot of Bonnies commenting on this lol. I'm crazy for owls! Theyre sooo cute! And that's so funny about your birthday. I never thought about it but I'm sure my son is going to feel the same way. He was born the day before thanksgiving and it's already landed on that day too. I guess I should start slowing my roll this time of year!!

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  15. I love owls and you chose such cute fabrics.

    I want to make some as well:)

    Found you through http://eisymorgan.blogspot.com/ party!

    XO!

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  16. We put basic ornaments on everyone's plate on Thanksgiving and bowls of things to decorate them so we all linger at the table until everyone is done. These would be so cute to make for that!

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  17. Katie these are so stinkin cute! I am lining things up to do during the holidays with my daughter, she wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project, thanks for sharing!

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  18. These are the cutest decorations I've seen in a while.. Anyone would be thrilled to recieve one of your adorabe owls.

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  19. These are so cute! Also, I totally agree about Thanksgiving! Nothing Christmasy is allowed in my house until AFTER Thanksgiving (a rule my dad had when I was growing up).

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm following you now!

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  20. So cute! I love all the patterns you chose. If I got one of these on my gift I'd probably forget to open the rest.



    http://chickenscratchny.blogspot.com

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  21. Thank you for sharing this. I love owls.

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  22. These are too darling.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  23. So very lovely. I'm going to be using a bunch of your owl ideas for a baby shower that I'm hosting soon. Yay!

    Would love if you sahre this project over at my Pin'Inspiration Party today :-)

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  24. I love all the fabrics you used. They are adorable! I am a new follower from House of Hepworths. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  25. Seriously - I want an owl tree now! CUTE! Sharing them on FB tonight!

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  26. This is super creative..I love it.. I have a Pin'Inspirational party happening right now I'd LOVE for you to link this to please..? TY so much.. Wishing you a great start to your weekend.. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursday.html

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  27. These are so cute! I don't sew, but I think these will be adorable out of paper too!

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  28. I love this idea! Absolutely creative! Thanks for sharing

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  29. Awe! Adorable! I think my girls would love these! Thanks so much for always sharing awesome tutorials and beautiful projects! ;)

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