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Owl Plushies: A How-To

I hope you’re in the mood for a deep belly laugh today, because my Owl Plushies turned out absolutely ridiculous! They’re the most demented looking owls ever. But, since they’re intended for a pair of three month olds, I bet they could care less that they were supposed to look like this:

Source: etsy.com via Brooke on Pinterest

 

Yup. Craft FAIL! Oh, well. If you so happen to be better at cutesy doodling, you can make yours so much cuter than mine. I’m going to try doing a few more, but since these took me about an hour, I figured I’d give myself a break for a bit while the little one naps. So, if you’re looking to make something adorable for a special someone in your life this Christmas, here’s the basics on how to do it:

Supplies:
• Fabric Scraps
• Scissors
• Needle/Thread or Sewing Machine
• Stuffing (fabric scraps, batting, or plastic bags are also great)

Step 1: Draw a pattern

So I started out relatively strong. I think the problem was the little ears, maybe? I didn’t want to make the same ones as my Pin, so I changed up the shape a bit and added a contrast panel (that thingie on the left). Then I cut out some eyes and a beak, freehand. Also a no-no for me. I suck at doodling, so this was kind of a catastrophe.

Step 2: Cut out your fabric shapes

I used 3 different fabrics: a front, contrast panel, and back fabric.

Step 3: Sew on your details

See? Goofy eyes, shapeless beak. Yikes! Oh well, you can probably do way better than my kinder-care efforts.

Step 4: Pin right sides together, and sew a 1/8″ seam. Leave opening at bottom

Step 5: Turn inside out and stuff. Sew opening shut.

I used the bags to make a bit of a crinkle noise, which was a little underwhelming. I thought it would be crunchier, but it’s really a soft sound. Oh, well. I used batting to fill it out, since the bags tend to compress and make your plushie sad and flat.

That’s it! I tried upsizing it a bit to make a “boy” one out of faux camo suede and pleather for Charlie’s bff Hunter, but that was also a huge gut laugh. Check it.

A pair of pretty shabby looking owls. Apparently I suck at making toys!! Seriously. I have a case of the giggles every time I look at that boy owl. He’s pretty ridiculous. Oh well, for something free, at least I now have a gift to give! And I really did try. Now he at least has something else to throw at his cat. I’m sure my dogs will hijack Charlie’s owl at the first possible moment like all her other toys.

If I attempt any more, I’ll be sure to post photos if they’re successful. Right now, I’m throwing in the towel.

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  1. Jill

    I actually like them. :) They are handmade and cute and show some creativiity. Oh and they remind me of Uglydolls. You may have a market there!! :)

    1. Ha! Thanks Jill ;) I had to go look up uglydolls, and I think even those are beyond my skill set! Oh, well, practice makes perfect, so I’ll just keep on truckin’!

  2. Stacie

    As someone who loves you dearly and has known you forever, these are freaking hilarious. Oohhhh man…..

    1. They’re pretty legit, right? I’M MAKING YOU ONE!!!

  3. Kira

    Hahaha, they’re pretty cute in their own sad, little way. Maybe try pointing the ears more upward? And make the head a bit wider. That should be a bit more owl-like.

  4. Sarah Fisher

    The two of them together make a great couple. They really do. And I think the boyish one is better than the girlish one, so you are making progress. They make me happy. Anyhow, they are for babies and babies can’t tell the difference…

    1. You guys are way too nice to me! I fully expected everyone to be as embarrassed and amused as I was at these ;) And you’re right, I don’t think the babies will care. I’m just looking forward to seeing the looks on the parents’ faces!

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