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Snuggly Owl

This project was originally posted to the BERNINA Sewing Republic site

by Ashley Johnston

This snuggly owl is the perfect addition to any child’s arms. It’s made with love and totally
customizable. Try it once then create it again and again using different colors and fabrics as
gifts or treats for the little ones in your life.

• Cut out all pattern pieces in the colorsand
fabrics of your choice.
• Owl Base: cut 2 on fold
• Wing: cut 2
• Bodice: cut 1
• Outer Eye: cut 2
• Inner Eye: cut 2
• Feet: cut 4
• Beak: cut 1
• Center Strip: 46" x 3½"

1

Step One
Pin Bodice to Owl Base
Lay the bodice on top of the front owl
base, using the pattern as a guide.
Fold under the top edge ¼" and pin
in place.

Sew close to the edge along the top,then the two sides, attaching the
bodice to the owl base. There’s no
need to fold the side edges under, as
they will be covered up later.

Step Two
Pin the Wings
Lay the Wings on top of the owl base.
Fold under the inner edges
¼" and pin in place.

2

Sew close to the pinned edges of
the wings, attaching them to the
owl base.

Step Three
Pin the Beak
Pin the beak in place andzigzag
close to the edge of all three sides.

Do the same with the outer eyes.

3

Repeat for the inner eyes.

Step Four
Sew the Feet
Pin two of the feet right sides
together. Sew around the outer
edges with a ¼" seam allowance.
Do the same with the other two
feet pieces.

Stuff the Feet with Batting
Turn both feet right side out and stuff
with a bit of batting.

4

Stitchthe Feet to the Owl Base
With the batting stuffed down into
each foot, pin the feet to the bodice/
owl base, matching the raw edges
and aligning the outer edge of each
foot with the inner edge of a wing.
Stitch the feet to the owl base using
a ½" seam allowance.

Step Five
Pin Center Strip to Owl
Begin lining up the center strip along
the outer edge of the owl, starting at
the verybottom of the owl. Use pins
to attach the center strip to the owl,
but leave a few inches of the center
strip free at the very beginning.

Continue pinning until you approach
the first point at the top of the owl.
Manipulate the edge of the center
strip as needed as you align it with the
curves of the owl.

5

A corner will need to be made at
the point, so flip the center strip up,making a diagonal fold. Keep the left
edge of the center strip even with the
left side of the point. See how the red
and pink fabrics make one continuous
line for a few inches?

Keeping that angle in place, flip the
center strip down, keeping that top
fold of the center strip even with the
top of the point.

Keep those edges on the left even with
each other.

6

Pin it all inplace as you go.

Continue pinning, folding and pinning
the center strip around the second
point the same way as the first. When
you reach the end of the strip, leave
a few inches free at the end.

Place the two center strip ends right
sides together and pin them together.
The center strip may have stretched
as you pinned it around your owl, so
adjust where the ends are pinned
togetherso that the center strip
forms a continuous piece of fabric
around the owl.

7

Trim the Excess Fabric
Trim off any excess fabric, leaving
about ½" beyond the stitching.

Pin this section of the center strip to
the owl base, matching up the outer
edges.

Step Six
Sew the Center Strip to the Owl Base
Begin sewing your center strip to the
owl base, using a ½" seam allowance,stopping as you near the first point.

8

As you near the point, keep the
fold of fabric folded away from the
needle. Continue to sew, stopping
½" before the end of the point.
Backstitch a few times, but don’t
cross into that ½" space at the end.

Turn your owl to begin sewing
around the other side of the point.

Flip over the fabric away from the
needle, and then place your needle...
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