Sunday 2 December 2012

How To: Felt Owl Ornaments

Look! I made some owl ornaments!

This is a slightly lazy how-to as it's not a new tutorial, but instead a suggestion for adapting my felt owl pattern to make some cute ornaments for your Christmas tree. 

Use the templates from this post, but print them at 50% instead of 100% and don't cut out any of the feather shapes. I did think about just making a mini version of my original owl in some festive colours but the feathers are pretty fiddly to cut out at half size and I wanted to add a bit of sparkle instead. 

To give you an idea of how they both work out, size wise, here's one of the owl ornaments...

... and here's the original plush felt owl I stitched last year:

You could use shades of brown felt for your owls as I have or pick your favourite colours or shades that tie in with your festive decorating scheme. 

A) Follow steps 1 & 2 as described in the original tutorial (just leaving out the feather shapes). 

B) Skip steps 3 & 4.

C) Follow steps 5 & 6 as described.

D) Then decorate your owls! 

I added gold sequins to one owl,  laying out the sequins first to work out the best arrangement and then stitching them in place one by one with orange sewing thread. I used two stitches per sequin, which I think helps the sequins look a little like feathers, maybe? I love how sparkly the finished owl is. 

I then embroidered the other owls with rows of single stitches, sewn with gold metallic embroidery thread (floss). I used half the number of strands, and took care not to pull my stitches too tight and distort the shape of the felt. Metallic thread can be quite fiddly to work with so if you're a beginner I'd recommend choosing a nice shade of standard thread instead. 

E) Add a loop of narrow ribbon about 15cms (6 inches) long. You can see how to do this over in my felt Christmas Tree ornaments tutorial. I used some super cute mini ricrac from my stash, but any narrow ribbon that matches your owls will do nicely. 

F) Follow steps 7 & 8 to sew up and stuff your owls... and you're done!

Your finished ornament will look something like this:

I think the owl ornaments would make adorable Christmas gifts - if you know someone who is a big owl fan, you could even sew them a whole parliament of owls for their tree. 

You could also make a garland by hanging the ornaments onto a length of matching ribbon, with colourful felt beads/balls strung in between and maybe add some felt oak leaves too for a woodland theme... or use an owl ornament as a gift topper on a larger Christmas gift decorated with oak leaves and faux bois paper.

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many ornaments as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow a couple of 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 or any pattern pieces on your site. Thanks!

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marga said...

Hola, me encanta tu blog,todas las cosas en fieltro son preciosas,te felicito.ABRAZOS......

AnitaS said...

I love this little owl. Maybe as I find some time?

Anonymous said...

Laura - Thank you for such a sweet ornament tutorial. I will be making one of these for my daughter Grace who will be home at Christmas after her first semester at college. We miss her; although, she did manage to bring six loads of laundry home at Thanksgiving. Her college's mascot is an owl so I am excited about making this ornament for her. I read regularly and love your blog and your work. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

bairozan said...

This is one of the things I like about your tutorials - versatility!

Egretta Wells blog said...

You owl ornaments are so cute and I love the rick rack hangers, too!

Kay said...

Just lovely. I see a few owls arriving in our house soon.


These are the cutest owls I have ever seen. Marion x

Karen said...

More wonderful fun! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I made a couple of very similar owls several weeks ago using your felt. They are cute. I made a pinky one and a blue one. They are bigger than yours I think. There are a several differences too.

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the comments everyone xx

unDeniablu Domestic - oh, how nice, I hope you'll enjoy making an owl for your daughter :)

Anonymous - yup, I think there are only a limited number of ways to draw a simple owl!