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An original pattern created by Joy Stallard Reproduction NOT PERMITTED.
Starla Willow Owl
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Rev 1.0 – 2/6/2010
Keep in mind if you are making a pillow or softie for a child. and feet You can use acrylic or wool felt. However.0 – 2/6/2010 .Note: This pattern is for the use of the purchaser only. Other Supplies Measuring tape Craft scissors Turning tool (sub with a chopstick or mechanical pencil) Fabric pencil Sharp sewing scissors Fusible lightweight interfacing (Two 8” by 10” pieces) 1/8 yard fusible web (I love Heat N’ Bond Lite Fusible Web for cottons. but will be more durable in the long run. and acrylic felt appliqué pieces and Heat N’ Bond Ultrahold for WOOL felt appliqué pieces) Do not use Ultrahold for anything but wool felt because it is too stiff. that you place a link in your online listing to my patterns. bag of fiberfill stuffing (you will only need 1/3 of it) Coordinating spools of thread for your appliqué work Sharp hand-sewing needle Embroidery needle with a sharp point and a large eye 2 Skeins Coordinating Embroidery Floss 3 Buttons (two matching for the eyes and one for the center of the flower) 100% Nylon Very Strong Drapery Thread (for your invisible stitch. 12 oz. See step 9) Let’s Get Started! Starla Willow Owl Page 2 of 17 Rev 1. It is not for mass production. nose. I do ask that if you do sell an item using my pattern. flower. that wool felt is not machine washable and can be dry cleaned only.5” by 3” scraps of fabric or felt for eyes (pattern piece C) 9” by 12” felt for the feathers. the purchaser may create individual owls to sell made by one person in their home.5” by 5” scrap of fabric or felt for eyes (pattern piece B) 1. knits. Thank you for respecting my hard work! Fabrics Two 8” by 10” pieces mid-weight fabric for the body of the owl 4” by 5” scrap fabric or felt for the wings 4” by 6” scrap fabric or felt for the belly and heart 3” by 5” scrap of fabric or felt for eyes (pattern piece A) 2.
Diagram 1A Starla Willow Owl Page 3 of 17 Rev 1. See owl diagram 1A below to visualize the placement.Step 1: Cut it out Cut out all of the printed pattern pieces located at the end of the tutorial for your owl.0 – 2/6/2010 .
Place the shiny rough side of interfacing down on the wrong side of the fabric. Pattern piece #2A Starla Willow Owl Page 4 of 17 Rev 1. Carefully cut them out as close to the line as you can.0 – 2/6/2010 . See pattern piece #2A.Step 2: Bring in the Reinforcements Take the two 8” by 10” pieces of fabric you have chosen for the body of your owl and iron a 8” by 10” fusible interfacing onto the back of each. Note: The wrong side of fabric is the side without the print. Trace pattern piece #1 (the body of owl) onto both of the interfacing sides of the 8” by 10” fabric with your fabric pencil. Press out all of the wrinkles or bubbles with the steam setting of your iron turned on.
Use Lite fusible web for all other light to mid-weight fabrics such as cotton.5” by 3” scraps of fabric. Trace two eyes (pattern piece B) onto the paper side of your 2. or knit. Trace two eyes (pattern piece C) onto the paper side of your 1. Step 4: Not Without a Trace Iron the fusible web onto your scrap pieces of felt and fabric with the rough side of the fusible web facing the wrong side of the fabric. This will not have fusible web on it.5” by 5” scrap of fabric. Hint: You can also purchase 1” felt circles on www. Trace the nose and four feet onto the paper side of your remaining felt. Be sure to use the Ultra Hold fusible web on any wool felt pieces you might be using.etsy. Place your feathers and flower aside for now. Iron each set of two feet together so you end up with two feet as shown in photo 5A. Step 5: Appliqué-tion Iron the following pieces onto the right side of one of your owl pieces in this order after removing the paper on the backings: 1) 2) 3) 4) Eyes – pattern piece A Eyes – pattern piece B on top of A Eyes – pattern piece C on top of B Nose – tucked under Eyes (pattern piece A) in the center hiding approximately 3/8” of the nose with the diamond facing down.com to save time! Trace your flower pattern piece onto the back of the felt very carefully and slowly cut it out. Trace the belly and heart pattern pieces onto the paper side of your 4” by 6” scrap of fabric. Trace two wing pattern pieces onto the paper side of your 4” by 5” scrap fabric or felt making sure you end up with two opposites.Step 3: Going Around in Circles Trace the feather circle pattern piece onto the back of your felt 19 times. Carefully cut out the 19 felt circles using the sharpest scissors you have for the best precision. Trace two eyes (pattern piece A) onto the paper side of your 3” by 5” scrap of fabric. acrylic felt.0 – 2/6/2010 Starla Willow Owl . Page 5 of 17 Rev 1. Carefully cut out all of these pattern pieces and put them aside for now. These will not have fusible web on them.
Note: If you used felt for any of these 5 pieces. Refer to diagram 6A and photo 6A.1” from the bottom of the body panel.5 width setting on my machine).0 – 2/6/2010 . Pin the feet in place. and eyes (pattern piece A). Make sure your zigzag stitch encases the raw edge with the stitch going just slightly over the edge of the appliqué. 7) Heart – in the center of the right wing Place the feet ½” inside of the edge at the bottom of the body panel of the owl . Photo 5A Step 6: She’s Going to Need Stitches Sew the base of the feet down to the front panel with a ¼” outseam using a coordinating thread. Start out by sewing two stitches and then backstitch three stitches. you can straight stitch instead. heart.5) Belly . The width of the zigzag stitch used should be determined by the size of the pattern piece. Place the front body panel on your machine and begin stitching on any part of your appliqué with a zigzag. This is very important as it will ensure that your stitching does not come undone after many washings. 6) Wings – lined up with the sides 1” from the bottom of the body panel. Zigzag stitch the belly. wings. Smaller pieces such as the heart will require a narrow row of zigzag stitching (I used a 2. See diagram 6A and photo 6A. Make sure they are right side up as shown in photo 5A. laying upward as shown in photo 5A. Starla Willow Owl Page 6 of 17 Rev 1. Larger pieces such as the belly and eyes (pattern piece A) can be finished with wider zigzag stitching (I used a 3 width setting).
Diagram 6A Photo 6A Starla Willow Owl Page 7 of 17 Rev 1. encasing the raw edges of your appliqué around all of the pattern pieces with coordinating thread except for your felt flower and feathers.Continue your zigzag stitch. which we will attach next.0 – 2/6/2010 .
You may skip this step if you are confident you can space them evenly without using exact measurements. Begin by placing a feather circle down on the bottom left corner of the owl’s belly as shown in photo 7A. The middle two feathers should be approximately ¼” from the bottom edge of the belly.Step 7: Birds of a Feather… We will be making the feathers in this step. Place three more feather circles on the belly and spread them out horizontally to the far right side of the belly with a ¼” overlap on each other. Straight stitch all four feather circles 1/8” from their top edge straight across the top of each circle.0 – 2/6/2010 . Please keep in mind that the spacing in this step is meant to be a guide to help you have evenly spaced feathers. Photo 7A Starla Willow Owl Page 8 of 17 Rev 1. Make sure to pull the feet down out of the way.
Photo 7B Photo 7C Starla Willow Owl Page 9 of 17 Rev 1.0 – 2/6/2010 .
Note that for the third row you will use five feathers and for the fourth row you will only use four. Starla Willow Owl Page 10 of 17 Rev 1. Straight stitch all five feather circles 1/8” from their top edges for each feather on the second row as you did with the first row. Photo 7D Third and Fourth Rows Repeat the steps as outlined in the directions you did in the second row for the third row making sure you use the same spacing technique.0 – 2/6/2010 . On the fourth row you will hand stitch each circle across the top of the circles with one backstitch as shown in photo 7D. Additional details about backstitching are provided in diagram 8A within the next step of this pattern. Place four more feather circles on the belly and spread them out horizontally to the far right side of the belly overlapping each one ¼” as you did on the first row. Keep in mind that you will be covering up the stitching on the tops of the circles in row 1. Note: Backstitching is done by hand.Second Row Place another flower circle on the bottom left corner of the owl’s belly above the bottom row you just made with a vertical 3/8” overlap over the bottom row as shown in photo 7D.
After you have finished your backstitching. Photo 8A Starla Willow Owl Page 11 of 17 Rev 1.Step 8: The Basics of Backstitching Backstitch around the eyes (pattern pieces B and C) and the nose as shown in photo 8A and diagram 8A using 4 strands of embroidery floss. See diagram 8A for details on backstitching. hand stitch the buttons on the center of your owl’s eyes.0 – 2/6/2010 .
If you are pro at the invisible stitch.0 – 2/6/2010 . Starla Willow Owl Page 12 of 17 Rev 1. pin the panels together and stitch a ¼” outseam all the way around the edges leaving a 3” opening on the bottom or side of the owl.Diagram 8A Step 9: …Flock Together With the right sides of your owl’s body panels facing each other. you might want to choose to leave a side opening instead. I prefer to leave it at the bottom. but this method requires you to have to work around the feet when stitching closed.
Clip the curves without cutting through your stitching all around the owl body as shown in photo 9B.Photo 9A Stitch around your initial stitching one more time for added durability making sure to continue to leave the 3” opening. Starla Willow Owl Page 13 of 17 Rev 1.0 – 2/6/2010 .
0 – 2/6/2010 . Photo 9C Starla Willow Owl Page 14 of 17 Rev 1. Use a turning tool to push out the ears and all of the curves.Photo 9B Turn your owl right side out.
you want to make sure you stuff it with small pieces of fiberfill. all around the outside edges. Start stuffing your owl by inserting some stuffing through the 3” opening and pushing it all the way up to the ears until they are full and firm. tear it into small pieces as you fill so your pillow or softie will not be lumpy. Don’t stuff the very bottom yet. and in the middle. Use your turning tool or fingers to guide the stuffing.0 – 2/6/2010 . Continue stuffing your owl. burying your knots inside.Step 10: Grandmother’s Stuffing Recipe Photo 10A To stuff your owl. Stitch around the outside of your feet with 6 strands of embroidery floss. guiding the stuffing so that the owl looks balanced on both sides. Your ears are full enough when they will not bend. If yours did not already come packaged that way. See photo 10B. Photo 10B Starla Willow Owl Page 15 of 17 Rev 1.
0 – 2/6/2010 . Diagram 11A Starla Willow Owl Page 16 of 17 Rev 1. When the owl is full and firm all over.Step 11: The Invisible Stitch Made Easy Do an invisible stitch (see diagram 11A below) to enclose 2” inches of your opening and then continue stuffing your owl with the remaining 1” balancing out both sides. finish up the remaining 1” with invisible stitching as shown in photo 11A.
And last but not least…. Admire your hard work and creativity! Starla Willow Owl Page 17 of 17 Rev 1. hiding your knot and then sew your button in the center of your flower.0 – 2/6/2010 .Photo 11A Step 12: Flowered Finish Sew the flower on the owl’s ear.
Owl Pattern Pieces EYES A Cut 1 EYES B Cut 2 EYES C Cut 2 Flower Cut 1 FEATHERS Cut 19 Heart Cut 1 Feet Cut 4 BELLY Cut 1 Nose Cut 1 Wings Cut 2 Opposites .
Owl Body Cut 2 out out of fabric and cut 2 out of interfacing .
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