As mentioned in my last post, my journey started with a search for owl softies. This is the one I designed.
Fabrics, I used patchwork, wool, suede and felt
Threads in matching colours
Needles for hand stitching and applique
Sandpaper A4 sized
Fabulon or starch spray
Cardboard for applique template
Pattern (3 pages)
Please note: pattern line is the sewing line, not the cutting line. I add 1/4″ when cutting out.
Print out at A4 page size the three pattern pages and cut out your pattern.
Now, as in picture lay your fabric face down on the sandpaper and begin to trace your pattern pieces. Remember to leave a seam allowance of a 1/4″.
Do this for all your pieces except for the heart and eyes as they are slightly different.
For the heart, just cut you fabric bigger than the pattern as shown in photo.
For the eyes, cut them to size ( no seam allowance). I used a 20 cent piece for the middle eye and a 5 cent piece for the inner eye. Sometimes it is easier to trace a perfect circle with a hard object.
For the wings, I traced 2 mirror image, and placed on fold. I sew these before I cut them out. The same with feet and shorts.
When making an applique piece I use cardboard. First, I tack the fabric on and trim it to have a 1/4″ seam allowance. If the piece has any round/curve sections I use a gather stitch to make them hug the curve tightly. This is secured at the start and finish of curve. As shown in this picture.
When you have finished, take the piece and spray it with Fabulon and iron it fabric side up with a warm to hot iron.
I like steam too.
I clip the curves along the chin, then I use the iron to iron along the traced line.
As shown here.
If you are not confident with hand applique, you could always use vliesofix fusible webbing paper. This is what I call “stick on” applique. It just requires an iron and a good amount of glad bake to protect your iron and ironing board from the hot glue.If you use stick on, then sew around your heart with a blanket stitch to stop it coming off.
Sewing in a similar colour thread also hides a multitude of errors in the curve.
I don’t trace the pattern on both sides. I do make sure that the back is slightly bigger than the front, so that I can easily sew them together.
Make sure to clip up between his toes, so that they turn nicely.
Now pin your legs in place and sew them onto the front with tacking stitch on your machine. This just holds them in place for the final construction step. I make sure I sew outside the sewing line, in the seam allowance, so that this seam doesn’t get seen or need unpicking later.
Stitch him together slowly. Follow your pencil line as closely as possible.
Then I clip along his head and cut back around his ears to avoid bulk.
Now you turn him and stuff him, starting with his ears and head. Then you need to stitch him up.
Lastly I stitch around the wings leaving a small opening to turn them. I fill the top smaller wings with a small amount of stuffing. Then sew up the opening. Next attach both wings, with a strong securing stitch…. a number of times to make sure they won’t come off.
Congratulations!!! You have now made your own Internet Owl.
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