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Make Your Own “Ugly” Dolls

3 fun craft projects you can do in a weekend.

by Jess Redman and Meg Leder

In the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed with owls. I paint and draw them all the time. I decided my life wouldn’t be complete until I had designed an owl softie. I now have a whole pile of them on my couch – they like to watch cartoons with me. (You can easily make this owl in whatever size you like; just enlarge or shrink the pattern to the desired size.)

owl friends craft project

  • Finished Size

  • 22 cm × 13 cm (8 1/2 in × 5 in)
  • Tools

  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing stick (or chopstick)
  • Materials

  • Body fabric – a 51 cm × 31 cm (20 in × 12 in) piece of heavy French linen
  • Extra fabric – a 13 cm × 10 cm (5 in × 4 in) piece of lightweight linen for the belly; scraps of felt in 4 or 5 different colors for the eyes, beak, and feet
  • Decorations – two colored buttons for the eyes
  • Thread – colored sewing thread to match all the fabric colors; pearl cotton or embroidery thread in 10 different colors for the body and eye details
  • Stuffing – polyfill

Instructions

Trace and cut out the enlarged pattern using the template provided. Pin it to the appropriate fabric and cut out the pieces. You will need to cut 2 body shapes, 1 belly shape, 1 beak shape, and 2 foot shapes. For the eyes, cut out 3 or 4 rounds in different sizes and colors (ranging from about 2 cm to 6 cm [3/4 in to 2 in] in diameter) – cut out 2 of each type.

Pin the belly shape onto one of the body pieces (as marked on the pattern). Using the sewing machine, zigzag-stitch around the belly piece, covering the raw edge of the fabric.

For each eye, pin the smallest round on top of the next largest round and sew together on the sewing machine using a straight stitch and matching thread. Pin that piece on top of the next largest round and sew on. Repeat with largest round.

owl friends craft project

Pin the finished eyes to the front of the body (as marked on the pattern). Sew on using a straight stitch and matching sewing thread.

Pin the beak onto the body (as marked on the pattern) and sew on.

Embroider around the edge of the eyes with pearl cotton or embroidery thread in a contrasting color, using a blanket or whip stitch. Using another color thread, straight-stitch around the second eye layer. Change colors again and embroider an asterisk shape on the top eye layer. Sew a button into the center of each eye.

Embroider the belly of the owl using pearl cotton or embroidery thread in different colors: use a straight stitch to sew an arch shape that follows the belly shape (as shown in the main photograph). Make 5 arches, each time using a different colored thread and making each arch slightly smaller than the last.

Place this front body piece right-side up on your work surface. Pin the feet into position (x to x), pointing in toward the body. Place the second body piece right-side down on top and pin the 2 pieces together. Sew around the body, securing the feet as you go and remembering to leave an opening for turning right-side out and stuffing (as marked on the pattern). Turn rightside out.

Using a stuffing stick, push small amounts of stuffing into the body until it is firm and even.

Hand-sew the stuffing opening closed using a whip stitch.

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Owl Friend stuffed toy project originally by Heidi Iverson {H. Luv Fabrications – h-luv.com}

Reprinted from More Softies Only a Mother Could Love: 22 Hapless but Lovable Friends to Sew an Crochet, edited by Jess Redman and Meg Leder by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Copyright (c) 2007 by Penguin Group (Australia).

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