Lindsey and I were talking about Valentine's Day, (she has never been a fan), but I was trying to think of something to do for my grandchildren for the holiday and she remembered a time when she was little when I put little heart baskets by each of their places at breakfast. AWWW! It did my heart good to think that she remembered that, even though she prefers to celebrate Arizona Statehood Day! Well, that motivated me to get to work making something for my grandchildren. Since 5 of them live a number of states away, the earlier the better so I can get everything in the mail on time.
I am a sucker for cute fabric. I went to Walmart and I love their little fat quarters that they have, all color coordinated starting at just 97 cents. Look what I came home with!
Of course, I had to get the owl fabrics!
I decided to use it to make my granddaughters some little owl shaped purses that I can tuck some Valentines into.
I started by drawing the owl shape that I wanted to use. I actually made it symetrical the old fashioned way, by folding the paper in half to cut it out like I would a heart. Here is what I got. It kind of reminds me of the owl rice bags I made here. My original drawing looks like this:
Then I just copied the parts to make the pattern pieces. You could do this with any animal or shape you wanted to turn into a purse or stuffed animal. Here is the pattern for you to copy if you want to use it. Just click on the button.
Here is how I made the purse. Just click on the photos for directions.
When you cut out the pieces to applique the face and wings, you don't need to add a seam allowance, except on the long side of the wing, as I show here on this pattern, I went ahead and added it to the pattern when I cut it out so I wouldn't for get. I did this so that the wing would be sewn inside the seam allowance of the body of the owl.
When I cut out the eye pieces, I used the actual eyes from the gray owl fabric to be the pupils. That really added some texture to the design. Choosing the fabric to use for the body and face pieces is fun. I had the polka dot fabric left over from a different project and thought it would go well with everything else.
If you want to remove the freezer paper from the back of the pieces, you can stop sewing when you are partially finished, and tear it out easily. I just left it in, it adds body to the purse and doesn't hurt anything. If you use fusible web, there is no need to do anything. I love my cute heart pins. Here are some similar to them. They would make a cute little Valentine's gift to someone who sews.
After you have sewn the body together, sew together the lining fabric in the same manner.
You can actually make the strap skinnier or shorter, I just wanted mine wide enough to show the owl print. When I make the next one for my other granddaughter, I will mix up the fabric choices a bit so they will be able to tell them apart. Also, because it is fun! Remember, this is an original creation, so there are no mistakes! Whatever you decide to do with your owl is up to you! I know my granddaughters witll love them inspite of any flaws.
I am really happy with the results! I hope you have fun with it! You could just stuff it and make it into a stuffed animal. But I like the idea of putting in the conversation hearts, stickers and other fun things that the girls will love.
Now, I just need to make somethng for my grandsons! I think I have a great idea! I 'll whip it up and show you next week.
Also, next Thursday, Lindsey will be starting her healthy menu choices segment, so watch for that! The other girls have some great things in the works as well! We are so excited!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!