49-Cent Friday Refashion: Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case

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.

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Remember this mess?

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.

Felt Owl Phone Cover | My Home Makes

Felt Owl Phone Cover | 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…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Meet Lola!

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

This is Lola’s fella George.

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…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Brown for the body.

Once all the rectangles were cut out, I cut out the wings…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Wings!

Using my tiniest scraps, I cut out the beaks and feathers…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Tiny pieces.

Then I cut out little circles for the eyes and found some buttons to use as well…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

These look owly right?

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:

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Closeup!

Here’s a neat little Youtube video on how to do a blanket stitch:

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

TaDa!

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.

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Matching yarn for the wings.

To make the wings look more wing-like, I added a little embroidery.

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Now all that’s missing is the face.

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…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Meet Gladys!

And here are the rest…

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Hank

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

Roger

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

…and Phil.

Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case | Diary of a MadMama

What a happy little family.

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…

Penguin Plushy | Diary of a MadMama

Hey little dude!

This little dude was also inspired from my Pinterest Felt Board and pinned from the Cut Out And Keep blog.

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!

~Jen

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18 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Scrap Busting Owl iPhone Case

      • Thanks Lauren!
        Well my daughter started helping with them, but got bored and decided to work on something else.
        One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is Art. It’s fun to get crafty with the kids.
        You definitely should start homeschooling. It can be exhausting at times, but I’ve never regretted it, and at this point, I can’t imagine sending the kids back to school. We are closer as a family now too. It’s awesome to see how the kids help each other out. They still argue at times, but they figure stuff out together more too. 😉

    • You are most welcome! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 It’s definitely much cheaper to make using scraps than having to purchase the felt from the craft store. (Great way to use up scraps too!)
      Have a great day! 🙂

    • Thanks!
      There are 2 brown rectangles stitched together, with the top open to slide the phone inside. I blanket stitched around the top of the opening, but from the pictures it makes it look like it’s all stitched together. I would’ve liked to take a picture of the phone inside the case, but I use my phone to take pictures, so that would’ve been difficult! 😉

      • Thanks! My 14 year-old son has been saving his money for quite a while and is about to purchase a very expensive DSLR camera, so I could wait until he gets it and have him take my pictures! 🙂 I think I just might do that.

      • Oh nice!!!!

        My husband asked for a new camera for Christmas a few years ago after learning that it was compatible with his old Nikon of 20 years ago. He encouraged me to try it (I was attached to my small, digital camera). Within a week there was no turning back. That camera rarely leaves my hands. LOL. Two years later, he gave me a new camera lens for Christmas. Aren’t we a pair?

        Can’t wait to see the new pics.

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