Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stuffies!

Yesterday I played hookie from "responsible" curves sewing and "timely" Christmas sewing to make...

Owl family

owl stuffies!  Yes indeedy, and it was fun.  These are my first stuffies and I had lots of help of the little people kind, so be gentle.  They are about the easiest thing I've ever made though!  I took the idea from here.  It's not exactly a tutorial, but a general idea of how to cut the pieces and put things together. 

buttons from Sew Love Fabrics!

I made this little one for starters from Anna Maria Horner flannel scraps.  So soft, so cuddly!  And these pretty buttons were handy thanks to Ruth of Sew Love Fabrics who sent them in a package months and months ago.  I made eyes for all five owls from this single card.  Yeah!

she's totally my favorite

She's totally my favorite.  Isn't she sweet hanging out with my solids?  Don't you think she wants to stay?  Well, tis not to be.  No my friends, she is destined for a land far, far away.  Or actually just downtown as the case may be.  You see we are journeying to a children's hospital with some other families next Wednesday, bearing gifts for the dear children who have to live away from their families in the hospital, due to their illness.  I know it will be a meaningful experience for us all.

for the boys...

Aria and Liam watched me whip up owl #1 (literally whip up - seriously a fast project people) and then they eagerly set out to select fabrics for the rest of them.  Liam's "boy" owls feature that cool space invader print on their bellies, which I had picked up on a whim from the novelty section at Hawthorne Threads.  When Brandon came home he said that they were, and I quote, "very good colors for a boy".  Awesome!  Score!

Aria chose a Kumari garden print

Aria was drawn to this Kumari Gardens print, which I paired with some red velvet from a deconstructed old Christmas tree skirt,

"Big mama" in Peacock Lane

and this colorful number from Peacock lane. The red velvet tummies are just begging to be petted.  So fun to put to good use some of my colorful, more childish fabrics!

what we did yesterday...

Apparently, to the kiddos, bigger is better, so we only made the one tiny owl.  The kids were able to help by using my Go Baby! cutter to cut the felt circles that I hand stitched to the bottom of each owl to hide the gathering point. They also cut up unwanted batting to make stuffing, since I didn't actually have any loose stuffings on hand!

so cuddly in flannel!

So, we'll enjoy these little visitors for a bit.  And, next, I'd better get back to my Christmas sewing!

43 comments:

  1. adorable! I know the children will love them!

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  2. So cute! I'm sure the kids will love them :)

    Is there a pattern for the pin cushion/scissor holder in the bottom picture??

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  3. I think I am going to give these a try!

    As for stuffing laying around... I keep EVERY single little piece of scrap from every project I do in a fabric bag that resides next to my sewing machine.

    Pieces of thread, small crumbs of fabric. If a string of fabric is less than 1 inch wide, I toss it in too. Pull it out in a wad, set it on a cutting board and run over it a few times with a rotary cutter to cut it up a little smaller and presto... Perfect "stuffing" for projects like this!

    Take Care,
    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  4. Oh, how adorable. I have to give these little cuties a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. They are so much fun!! I might need some little stuffed owls, too. And I love the button eyes. Ooh, I also covet that gorgeous stack of warm solids.

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  6. Paul - thanks for mentioning that approach! I was trying to think of how to use my fabric trimmings, but they were all lumpy. How silly of me not to think of using the rotary cutter. That'd be easy!

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  7. SO SO cute! I think those may be showing up in Christmas stockings at my house!

    Sometimes I think we need a break from "responsible" and "timely" sewing to remind ourselves why we fell in love with sewing in the first place.

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  8. Adorable!!! This is one of those things that I have to stop whatever it is I should be doing and make immediately!! Keep an eye out for some owly goodness our way, inspired by the Hauser family!!

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  9. they really are so cute and look like they would make wonderful fabric weights.

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  10. Those owls are adorable. I am sure the kids will like them knowing that your kids helped. What a special project to do with your kids.

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  11. Oh so cute! Thank you for the link, I am going to make a few of these for my sewing room.

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  12. Those are adorable! I love the clock that is in the corner of one of the pics. Is that something you have shown on your blog before?

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  13. How fun! Cool that the little people helped out, even cooler that they'll be gifted to ailing children :D

    Where might I find a tutorial or pattern for that pincushion/utencil holder you have there in that last pic? I want one!

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  14. Awww! Those make me smile!! :) Must. Make. Owl...

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  15. Yeah, these are super cute! Stuffies are kind of fun to make for me--as long as I don't have to mass produce only one kind. I get bored and have to make something new. :)

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  16. Okay there literally isn't anything that I don't love from this post.. the owls themselves are precious, your kids' contributions and their destination - make my heart all warm and fuzzy :o)

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  17. Totally adorable! And such a lovely reason for making them.

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  18. I signed up to make a pincushion as part of a friendship swap. Guess what I'm going to make? Of course I'm making one of these cuties for me too!

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  19. Those are so stinkin' cute. I think I will need to add those to my mental to-do list.

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  20. I would love to have a pattern for these.....love owls and so do my kids......

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  21. I love these. My daughter loves making owls. I'm curious about the bag in the bottom picture. Can we see a full size? Is it from a pattern.

    KRISTASTITCHED--the pin cushion/utensil holder is from Anna Maria Horner's book Seams to Me. There is an errata sheet for it online- http://annamariahorner.com/SEAMS.to.ME.help.pdf
    I got this book from the library. It is one of my favorites. I see myself making almost every single project in there.

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  22. Misty - the "bag" in the last picture is actually my sewing machine cover! It was a gift in a swap. I love it! Thanks for answering Krista's question here. I emailed her directly and should have posted the answer here as well. Appreciated!

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  23. Carol - For a pattern, just cut one triangle with a 80 degree angle and one with a 30 degree angle. The angles don't have to be precise at all. Sew them together to make a cone and cut the bottom to make the pieces even. I then used a long stitch length on my sewing machine and pulled the bobbin threads only to gather the bottom in. The rest is pretty easy to see from the link I gave at the beginning of the post. I think the key is to jump in. Usually I work from more details too, but these owls are best to just wing it. lol. Oops.

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  24. love love love!! this project has been on my to-do list for ages ;)

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  25. Laura - Yes, it sure is! You can find my clock right here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/05/woodland-clock.html

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  26. How freaking cute! I want to make one!

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  27. these owls are so adorable...i love the velvet tummy; definitely will be petted by little hands! and the little flannel one is so cute! but what really catches my eye in this post is the pincushion-basket thing in the last picture. did you make that?! or where did you get it? so cool!

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  28. so fabulous - thank you for including the link.

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  29. I love these! Owl are definitely in my future!

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  30. What. cute. owls!!! I've got to remember this!

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  31. What cute owls! Thanks so much for sharing and giving the link to the tutorial!

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  32. those are so stinking cute i can hardly stand it!

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  33. those are really cute! But I REALLY love your pin cushion! Did you use a pattern? or just make it up? and what do you use for the stuffing? Thanks! :)

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  34. Rachel, your idea is so nice! The children will be enthused by your owls!!! I decided to sew a one for my daughter Rozarka. Btw - her name is according to owl from the Czech version of fairy tale about Cinderella :-) But... the name Rozarka is normal Czech name :-) It is similar to Rosali :-) Have a nice time!!! Jolana
    http://vjahodovce.blogspot.com/2011/12/sova-sowa.html

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  35. so cute Rachel!, it's so lovely to be taking them to the children who are away from home at christmas time.

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  36. Loving your little owls... These little creatures seem to have gone global!

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  37. These are adorable!! What a sweet and loving gift to give to the children!

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  38. Oh my gosh, I HAVE to make some of these! They are so cute!

    I'm also wondering if you blogged about that fabulous pin cushion in one of the pics that also looks like a clever "holder of things?" It is really neat!!

    Love your blog!!

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