Any of you who follow me on Pinterest might already know how much I love owls.
Just take a look at my Felt board to see how much.
I liked the Leather Owl Purse that I made for my daughter so much, I decided to make some more fun owl accessories.
The great thing about this refashion is that it uses up scraps from all of my felted sweaters.
I was able to make a rather sizable dent in my massive stash of sweaters while making Christmas gifts for friends and family.
That left me with a lot of scraps, which are perfect for this refashion.
I actually found the inspiration for this project via Pinterest (surprise surprise) about a year ago, and was reminded of it while perusing my boards for gift ideas before Christmas.
The pin I’m referring to is from My Home Makes.
Come on now, isn’t that just the most adorable thing ever?!?!!
I didn’t think about taking before or during pictures for the first two of these that I made, and when everything was said and done this is how they turned out…
Now if you’re wondering how I made these, they were pretty easy.
Using my phone as a guide, I traced around it on a scrap piece of cardboard and drafted a pattern.
Then using the pattern, I cut out several pieces from a felted brown sweater…
Once all the rectangles were cut out, I cut out the wings…
Using my tiniest scraps, I cut out the beaks and feathers…
Then I cut out little circles for the eyes and found some buttons to use as well…
After all the pieces were cut out, I got busy stitching the bodies together.
Now it would actually be easier to stitch the wings, beak, feather and eyes to the front of the case BEFORE stitching the front of the case to the back of the case, but I wanted the blanket stitching from my wings to show up and not be covered by the blanket stitching I did to sew the case together, so I did things the harder way, and stitched the case together first.
Here’s a closeup of the blanket stitching:
Here’s a neat little Youtube video on how to do a blanket stitch:
I decided to stitch around the top (open part) of the phone case as well. I know that it looks like I sewed them completely together from the picture, but there’s an opening, I swear!
The next thing to do was attach the wings. I used a blanket stitch for this as well.
To make the wings look more wing-like, I added a little embroidery.
For the feather and beak, I attached them using a simple running stitch, and then attached the felt circles and buttons for the eyes, and voilá…
And here are the rest…
These were so fun to make, I think I’ll have to use up the rest of my scraps making more.
Speaking of scraps, here’s a little penguin plushy I made for my cousin’s little boy, using some of my scraps…
He was made from the scraps of some sweaters and also felt squares and pompom purchased years ago from JoAnn Fabrics, and filled with the stuffing from a pillow I ruined by washing and drying improperly. The pillow came out all lumpy and since I was out of fiberfill, I decided to repurpose the stuffing from the pillow, to use in my little friend here.
I gave all of these guys away as Christmas presents and now I have to make one for myself!
I’m trying to think of things to make for my upcoming etsy shop. I thought these guys would make a great addition.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your suggestions on what you think I should make to sell in my upcoming etsy shop.
Thanks for your help!