Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Owl Applique Tote

Here's a little pattern to make a simple owl applique.
You can cut the pieces out of felt, fleece, or any fabric really.
There's different ways to make an applique using fusible interfacing/ webbing, lots of ironed on starch, or just sewing the layered pieces on top of the base.
Whichever way you prefer works.  I used fusible webbing on this little guy, then top-stitched the face on. 

I also did some contrast stitching on the wings before sewing them to the body.

A little detail I added is the feather body.
Using brown craft feathers, I placed them on my fleece body and zig zagged down the center shaft of the feather to sew them on.  I added the eye buttons and green belly buttons too.
I chose to put this little owl on a tote for my little guy.
Santa brought a couple trains for Christmas, and they never leave his side.  It used to be Woody, but now he's been abandoned in the toy box since Christmas morning.  He takes these trains everywhere and even sleeps with them.  So I made this little tote so he can lug them around easier.
I'm sure there are free tote tutorials around, or you can sometimes find little kid sized ones at dollar stores too.
I use grosgrain 1" ribbon to make quick easy handles on mine to save time. Who wants to turn a skinny tube of fabric right side out?
Like any applique, you could sew it on a shirt, bag, wherever.  So far it's been nice to have a little tote for my toddlers treasures.

26 comments:

Jo said...

Oh my gosh! Cutest tote ever!!! I love all the variety of textures - especially on the body! Amazing.

Kelli said...

That is the cutest owl I've seen and I've seen a lot! I love all the different embellishments. It is adorable.

The Apples and the Tree said...

Seriously that is crafty--I love the layered textures.

katherine said...

this is the cutest thing i have ever seen! i LOVE it.

Alabama Apples said...

Oh my goodness!!! That has to be the most fabulous, cutest thing ever! I love it!!!

Sherry Edwards said...

I love the little owl you've created, he's so adorable. Great little tote bag too. Thanks for sharing.

glitter girl said...

This is great, Jess! I am a huge owl-lover, so I NEED to make one of these... =)

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

"I'owl" LOVE THIS! SO STINKEN DARLING "SOOOO!" coming by from UCreate! JEN

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

i HAD to share this on my CraftOManiac FB page- OH' MY CUTENESS check out this OWL BAG- (w)HOO doesn't love Owls? http://projectsbyjess.blogspot.com/2011/01/owl-applique-tote.html

Elegantpaws said...

This is so sweet. I love the idea of making the owl soft and tactile! Thank you for sharing. x

Jami said...

I love the owl! so adorable!!!

urbancraft said...

Really sweet. I want a little stuffed owl just like him!

Lynette said...

Jess! So awesome. kinda spooky and sleepy and wonderful. I love it.

andriani retno said...

super awesome...
i lovee that
thanks for sharing :DDD
i'll try to make 1

xo

Amie said...

Oooooooh my heck! So cute!

Shwin W said...

Wow! SO cute! I love it so very very much! I am going to have to make one...

Susan Being Snippy said...

this is a wonderful totebag! So original and I'm sure will turn heads as you carry it with you! I came here looking for your tutorial on the washcloth puppets and was pulled into reading your posts since -- I have now put you on my RSS feed so will be back regularly.

Kara said...

This is absolutely and totally adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

casserole said...

I love, love, LOVE the feathers! Genius!!

I linked to your template on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-feathered-owl-applique/2011/01/22/

--Anne

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

He's DARLING! I love his fluffy little body! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Terry said...

I love your owl! The fur and the eyes....so cute!

Rissa said...

That is SO cute! I adore it's expression. At first I thought it was made of faux fur, but using feathers makes it even cooler I think! Much more authentic ;)

katherine said...

i used this idea and made an owl pillow case :) thanks so much for the idea!!

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Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

i CAN'T get enough owls!! I just love this one. Great idea. Very creative use of textures. I love your blog. I am a new follower. Your pics are AMAZING! What kind of camera do you use?
Amy @SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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It's Complicated said...

My mother-in-law has collected new and interesting owls her entire life. She will be 91 in July this year (2013) and I cannot think of a gift that illustrates her young-at-heart approach to life more than this cute owl. Plus, she really loves and appreciates home-made gifts so this will be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

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