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If you are posting from NZ and want to get a ball-park figure of the postage costs follow this link.
You’ll need to weigh the item and have some measurements as well.
Like to make your own Owl to send? Here’s how!
I hope to have a pattern to email in PDF form very soon if you would like one. (Let’s be honest here though – it is not complicated. I drew mine on a piece of A4 paper and drew around some circles for the eyes and the inside of a CD for the pupils).
This project can be made entirely on the sewing machine, entirely by hand or a combination of both. You will need to choose non-fraying fabric for the feathers either way and entirely non-fraying fabric if you plan to make it by hand.
* Non-fraying fabric examples – felt, polar fleece, a jersey you accidentally shrank in the wash, most stretch fabrics, some synthetic lace fabrics*
You will need:
Body fabric approx 30cm x 20cm
Feather fabrics for 21 feathers a combination or all one approx 30cm x 30cm overall
Stuffing (I used an old pillow)
Felt or similar for eyes 30cm x 10cm, pupils tiny scraps and beak 3cm x 2cm
Embroidery thread for hand sewing.
1. Fold body fabric in half and pin the owl on. Cut around the edges.
2. Draw around feathers (approx 21) on the wrong side of the fabric/s. Cut out.
3. Draw 2 large circles (I traced through the felt by laying it over the pattern) and cut these out.
4. Make 2 pupils and one beak from felt/non-fray.
**Important for your own sanity follow this order! Do the following steps before sewing the body pieces together. **
5. Starting at the bottom of the owl pin the feathers across the row nearest the bottom of the owl. Leave some space at the edges of each row for the seam allowance. Repeat for the next row (centre) and top row. Stitch the feathers on using a back-stitch for hand sewing (google it if you need back-stitch instructions) or a combination of straight/zigzag on your machine.
6. Give the feathers a good tug so you can be confident they’ll stay attached!
7. Place the 2 large eye circle onto the owl and pin in place (remember to leave room for the seams). Blanket stitch by hand (google again if required) or zigzag around the edges.
8. Cut tiny triangle shapes out of the pupils and place on the eyes. Blanket Stitch or Zig Zag in place.
9. Place beak onto the owl and stitch it on.
10. For hand stitching – place the wrong sides together and blanket stitch almost all the way around – leave a 5-7cm gap. Stuff the owl to a pleasing fullness. Finish stitching and tie off securely.
For Machine stitching – place the right sides together and pin around the edges leaving a 5-7cm gap. Sew straight stitch around the edges – leaving the gap open. Turn the owl right sides out and stuff to a pleasing fullness. Hand stitch the gap closed and tie off.
11. Give your owl a big hug to carry to a little person that needs a hug. Send to ‘Hugs to Hold’ by 15th March. For address and further details click on the ‘hugs to hold’ button on the right.
If you are in need of a pattern email me makeitgiveit(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll try to flick you one. It won’t be instantly though as I need to convert it and organise it! There are also lots of other wonderful tutorials on the web for soft toys for charity.
Here it is a practical and tangible way to respond to the crisis that has hit Australia. By making a ‘Hug to Hold’ you can send love to someone who needs it.
This is the place to get involved in making toys for children in Queensland.
Simply make a soft toy, any type (tutorial here if you want one) and post it to the address below.
Join with other crafters to spread hope and demonstrate love to families and children.
Pledge your support by adding a button to your blog, promoting this to your readers and friends, uploading your work into flicker(link coming) and commenting on this post or the tutorial post.
Small print – if your toy includes small parts(eg buttons) please indicate it is not suitable for under 3s.
Send a little message of love with your toy.
Do not wrap it as people will need to assess each toy for its recipient.
Give your toy a name and give a little bit of detail about you if you would like to.
Please make sure you send your toy on time for collection.
Please ensure your toy/s is/are securely wrapped in waterproof wrapping for sending so they arrive in the wonderful condition they left your home in.
‘Hugs to Hold’ is a collaboration between us all to share love and hope with little members of Australia who are experiencing devastating loss.
Post your handmade toy to:
‘Hugs to Hold’
c/o – 27 Planigale Cres
North Lakes QLD 4509
Please post your toy/s by 15th MARCH 2011 so that distributors can be certain to have all the toys before the end of March.
Currently it looks like the toys will be distributed by a local Salvation Army organisation. More info as we receive it!
Please spread the word and let others know you are involved so we can all be encouraged by each other.
If you want any other information please click on the ‘hugs to hold’ button on the right for related posts.
Thank you for sending a ‘Hug To Hold’. Click on the label in the right side bar for info on posting, a tutorial and to grab the button.