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Bouncy Fur Owl - How to Make a Cute Stuffed Animal
This bouncy fur owl is a great toy for a child.
The wings flap realistically as the child holds him up to make him 'fly' across the room.
Smile in delight as you hear the 'hoot hoot' of your child happily at play.
What You Will Need:
- Piece of brown fake fur fabric 10 inches by 17½ inches
- Piece of beige fake fur fabric 10 inches by 12½ inches
- Scraps of black, orange and mustard felt
- 2 - 1¼ inch black buttons
- Thick black embroidery thread
- Strong sewing thread
- About 1¾ yards thin black cord and a button or bead
- 4 pipe cleaners
- ½ yard round black elastic
- Kapok or other stuffing
- 13 inch strip of wood 1 inch wide
- Wood adhesive
Crosspiece for Interior
Cut 6 inches off the wood and drill a hole in the center of each end.
Drill a hole in the center of one end of the remaining 7 inch piece of wood.
Glue and bind the 6 inch piece at right angles to this, 2½ inches down from the drilled end.
Thread a needle with a 6 inch length of strong thread and push through the hole at the end of the 7 inch piece.
Make the Owl's Body
Cut the brown fabric into:
- One piece 10 inches by 13 inches
- One piece 10 inches by 4½ inches.
Cut the beige fabric into:
- One piece 10 inches by 8 inches
- One piece 10 inches by 4½ inches.
The larger pieces are for the body, the smaller for the wings.
- Taper the sides of the large piece of beige fabric so that one 10 inch end now measures 6 inches.
- Make two darts in this end, each 2½ inches deep, 1 inch wide at the base and ¾ inch away from each side (see Figure 1).
- With right sides together and a ½ inch seam, join the 10 inch ends of the beige and brown fabric together.
- Match the darted end of the beige piece to the free end of the brown piece and sew ½ inch side seams, leaving the base open and also leaving a 1 inch opening 3½ inches down from the top fold on either side (see Figure 2).
- Turn the work right side out.
Stuff the Owl
- Insert the crossbar into the body, drilled top end first.
- Push the threaded needle through the center of the top fold and leave the thread hanging.
- Stuff the owl around the crosspiece.
- Turn ½ inch to the inside at the base and fold the brown piece in half from center back to center front.
- Overhand stitch together to form the base of the owl.
Figure 3: Wing
Make the Wings
- Cut two wing shapes from strong cardboard, following Figure 3.
- Cut the remaining brown and beige pieces of fabric in half lengthwise to give two pieces each 5 inches by 4½ inches.
- Glue one surface of the cardboard to the wrong side of the beige fabric and cut out, leaving ½ inch surplus.
- Snip into the turning and glue to the uncovered side of the cardboard.
- Glue this side to the wrong side of the brown fabric.
- Cut to exact size and overhand stitch to the beige fabric.
- Make the second wing in the same way.
Make the Features
- For each eye cut three felt circles: 3½ inches, 2½ inches, 2¼ inches and 1¼ inches in orange, black, mustard and black respectively, using pinking shears if possible.
- Place these layers on top of one another, the first three concentrically, but the smaller black circle below center of the mustard one.
- Secure them with black running stitch as shown in the photograph.
- Sew buttons on top of the black circles with white thread and sew the eyes to the head, stitching right through the stuffing.
Make the Beak
- Fold four pipe cleaners in half and lay side by side on black felt.
- Fold the felt over the pipe cleaners and trim to enclose them. Overhand stitch around the edges.
- Glue and stitch between the eyes.
Figure 4: Foot
Make Feathers & Feet
- Cut feet from thick cardboard, following Figure 4, and cover both sides with mustard felt.
- Overhand stitch around the edges.
- Sew the feet to the underside of the body.
- Work fly stitches in black wool on the beige front.
Complete the Owl
- Sew one end of elastic firmly to the top of the head with the hanging cotton.
- Sew one end of the cord to the top of each wing.
- Suspend the owl by the elastic and adjust its length in relation to the cord so that when the owl is hanging the wings point downward.
- Stitch elastic and cord firmly together and sew a button or bead to the join.
- Trim the elastic to neaten.
Now you have a bouncy owl. Hand over to your child and watch the fun begin!
Thanks for stopping by & Happy Crafting!
© 2013 Dawn