Thursday, 28 January 2010

How To: Felt Owl Brooch

After showing you the sneak peek at this cute little guy yesterday I just had to sit down in my tea break this afternoon and write up the tutorial for how to make your own :)


If you've been reading my blog since it started you may recognise him as he's based on an old & now discontinued design I used to sell in my Etsy shop a few years ago. I keep seeing owls popping up all over the place at the moment so it seemed like a good time to dig out my old pattern!

To make your owl brooch you will need:

- a needle, a pin, scissors, and the template at the bottom of this post
- two colours of felt to make the owl's body and wings (I used a dark chestnut brown and ginger)
- thread to match these two colours
- scraps of black, white and orange felt
- black, white and orange thread
- a brooch clasp or safety pin

Optional: polyester stuffing

1. Pin the owl body template to the felt you want to use and cut around it. Repeat this so you have two matching body pieces (a front and a back piece). Then cut out two wing pieces from the other colour you've chosen using the wing template. As the wing pieces are quite small you may find it easier, instead of using a pin, to just hold the template in place as you cut around it.

2. Cut out a small orange triangle to be a beak, and two small white circles & two tiny black circles to be the eyes. If you have difficulty cutting out the small circles try cutting a square slightly bigger than the size you want and then trimming it down to make a circle. You could also use black beads for the pupils.

 

3. Position the wings on one of the body shapes and sew them in place using matching thread and a simple running stitch.

 

4. Arrange the owl's beak and eyes until you're happy with their position then sew them in place. I used three orange stitches (one at each point of the triangle) for the beak, a couple of black stitches in the centre of each pupil, and even white stitches around the eyes.

 

5. Put that to one side, and get the plain "back" body piece. Sew a brooch clasp or safety pin to it using a double thickness of brown thread (I forgot to take a photo of this stage, sorry!).

6. Now hold the front and back pieces together and sew them together using more brown thread and a whip stitch. Start from "inside" the two pieces just below one wing and work round the edge, taking extra care to make your stitches neat over the wings as this is when they'll be most visible...



... then when you've sewn all the way round finish your stitches at the back of the brooch, and you've finished!

 

If you'd like a fat owl instead of a flat owl: when you reach the bottom of the second wing stop stitching and use the opening to stuff your owl with polyester stuffing (use a pencil to poke the stuffing into all the corners).
 

When the owl is as fat as you want it, continue your whip stitches to close up the opening.

Here are some fat owls I made earlier!


 

Double click the template below to view full size and print:

If you print the template at 100% your owl will be the same size as mine. Cutting and sewing some of the small pieces for this design can be a bit fiddly - to make the shapes easier to work with (or if you just fancy making a larger owl!) print the template at a larger size.

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many owls as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!

51 comments:

Sarah said...

These are lovely - thanks for sharing your pattern and tutorial

JO SOWERBY said...

owls!!!!!! i can't get enough of them. thanx for sharing your precious designs,
love Jo xxx

Ali said...

Thank you for this tutorial! Can't wait to try it out, I just love working with felt at the moment!
Ali
x

Avery said...

I love it when you share, like your little tea bags - I totally made those for Christmas! THanks for sharing another tutorial!

Emilia said...

Love the owls! Very cute!!!

Anonymous said...

SO CUTE!!! I think I'm in love.....
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Yeah, owls are all over the place yet!

Wendy said...

Very cute owls! Thank you for the tutorial.

MitziMakes said...

Thank you for sharing! The owl is cute cute cute!

Pattygloria said...

They are so cute! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.
GXX

Fiona said...

Great tutorial. I could have done with it when I was figuring out how to make my canary brooch based on your designs see http://tizduster.typepad.com/tizduster/2010/01/canary-craft.html
I did give you credit. Will be back to buy some felt soon.

Ava said...

So cute! I love it, I'm making one today for my bag. Thanks for the tutorial :) I'm definitely going to link your blog, great stuff!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, this is darling! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I'll be linking.

Stephen said...

I love these little owls! They are just right for my busy schedule. Thank you for making a project I can do in a flash!

Anonymous said...

These owls are adorable! This will give me a wonderful project to do in no time. Thank you for helping stay creative!

Brandy @ The Moody Fashionista said...

Adorable. I can't wait to make one for my little girl. Thank you!

sewhipmama said...

So cute!! I found this over on one pretty thing, can't wait to make one!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern. This year I am walking in the Breast Cancer 3-Day again and I was wondering if you would let me make these in pink to fundraise. I am going to make some for each person on my team but think it may also be a great fundraiser if it is okay with you.

Thanks.

Grace
Twin Cities 3-Day Walker
Team Mullet Pigs Krew

BugsandFishes said...

What a sweet idea, Grace! Please do feel free to make owls as a fundraiser, I'm happy to support such a good cause & appreciate you asking :)

Stephanie B said...

What a cute little owl!! Thanks for sharing!

Sheri@childmade.com said...

I quite think I could do this. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link.

ChristinaMUFE said...

These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!!! I love your blog!

ana-ane said...

Gracias por el tutorial, xon unos buhos preciosos. thanks for sharing

Septiembre said...

Thank you very much for the tutorial. I made a few owls and I put a link on my blog to yours. You have some beautiful work.
Greetings.

Anja said...

This is sooo cute!
When I discovered your lovely owl, my 12year old boy immediately wanted me to make 3 of them - one for himself and 2 for his 2 best (girl)friends!

Thanks soo much for sharing your design!

Anja

shinz @ cosycabin said...

Hi Laura, it's enjoyable to read all your articles here especially those sweet tutorials. I made an owl magnet last year which is similar to your owl brooch! They look alike the twins…LOL

shinz xx

manos de chicureo said...

I loved you blog. I make patchwork but your work in fieltro is fantastic. Some day I will do this tutorial.
Thank you
Yasmin

Graciela said...

Muchas gracias por compartir algo tan hermoso y simple
hasta pronto

thezenofmaking said...

Adorable!

Staci said...

These are so sweet! I'm including them in my Friday Favorites tomorrow!

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Mum Down South said...

This is great - thanks. I am attempting to make a felt house to slip over our dining room table for my one year old. It is such fun! This will be perfect for the apple tree I am sewing onto it. Lovely website. Off to look for a felt cat now.

Anonymous said...

These owls are so fabulous as are all your website ideas. Thank you for sharing them, in particular the patterns, as drawing isn't my strongpoint! I have made some of these and the butterflies for a friend who is going on a nursing mission in Haiti, to give to the children she treats. Thanks for such a wonderful website!

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks to everyone who's been linking to this tutorial :)

Mum Down South - I hope you managed to find a felt cat! x

Anonymous - you're very welcome! I love writing all the tutorials and it's awesome to know that people are making things with them, especially for such a good cause :)

Mum Down South said...

I copied a cat from one of his nursery rhyme books in the end and am just finishing the tail now. Will send a link to a pic once the whole house is made so you can give your expert opinion! It won't be as good as yours but I've had fun making it. x

BugsandFishes said...

Awesome! It'll be fab to see a photo when it's done :)

piper said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made this owl brooch and your flower hair pin last night and i am in felt heaven, thanks to you! I posted what i made on my blog and linked back to you. http://www.piperillustration.com/blog/
Thanks for being so inspiring!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I love these little guys. I made 24 to give as favors for my friend's baby shower. They were a big hit!

Thanks for sharing this super-cute pattern.

~Heidi

BugsandFishes said...

You're welcome, Heidi! I'm delighted that you've sent out so many little owls into the world :)

Margit Maturi said...

Very creativ and goog taste. So nice your owls.
Bye
Margit

von Hand zu Hand said...

cute!


I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for linking, Doro! x

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Nice! Can the wings and other small parts of the owl be stuck together with felt glue instead of stitching them?Will they stay?

BugsandFishes said...

I think if you used a glue suitable for sticking felt, that would work. I don't use glue for my own felt crafting so I can't recommend a brand, sorry!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the template and directions for that CUTE owl. I've kind of fallen in love with them lately and yours are especially cute. Thanks for sharing Smiles Carolyn

Pecora Nera said...

Hi! Soooo cute!!!!
Thank you from Italy.
Emanuela

Sharon Scothern said...

Hi

What a fab pattern! Thanks so much for sharing it with us - I love these little owls. I've made several to give away as gifts - I embroidered flowers on the wings before attaching them - and my friends just loved them so much they would like to make some themselves. Would you mind if I shared your pattern with them?
Sharon x

BugsandFishes said...

Hi Sharon - I'm so glad your friends liked the owls! Please do feel free to share the pattern with your friends :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you,it's cute!
Eilleen from France

bryndansmom said...

I'm so excited! I love owls and can see a whole family of these at my house! :) thanks!

BugsandFishes said...

bryndansmom - I hope you'll have lots of fun sewing your owls :)

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