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Fabric Polka Dot Owl Doorstop

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Hello everyone, welcome back! This week I’ll be sharing with you a great sewing project! Perfect for keeping your house cool during Summer!

What you’ll need:

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  • Fabric shears
  • Black and white thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Glue
  • Small needle
  • Template
  • Pattern drafting paper or thin plain paper
  • Pencil
  • Stuffing
  • Sand – I used 1kg
  • Hot glue gun
  • Four different fabrics: main body, wings, eyes & feet and beak)

Let’s get started!

  1. Our first step is to draw out the template. You can make this whatever size you like but mine measured 25cm down and across the body. To do this I got some thin paper and folded it in half. Against the fold, I drew out a rough owl like shape including the ears and feet. Cut around your shape and then unfold it.
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2. Once your owl shape is unfolded, roughly sketch out the rest of the features. I included ears, wings, eyes, feet and a beak. You’ll also need to make templates for these and cut them out.

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3. Using your templates, cut out all of your pattern pieces out of fabric but leave a seam allowance of 1.5cm all around the edge. You’ll need 2 main bodies, 2 wings, 4 feet, 1 eye piece and 1 beak.

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4. This next step isn’t necessary but helps to stop the pieces fraying. Using some PVA glue, paint a small amount along all of the exposing edges. Leave them to dry for a few minutes.

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5. Moving on to the owl’s eyes. Pencil an outline onto the fabric to make sewing them easier. Using doubled up black thread, follow along your pencil lines using a normal straight stitch.

6. Time to stitch everything together, starting with the wings. Pin the wings onto one of the main body pieces and using a sewing machine stitch along the inner edge. Just bear in mind that this stitch will be visible in the end.

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7. Pin on the eyes to the main body as well and carefully stitch around the edge using the sewing machine again. Try to go as close to the edge as possible; this will also reduce fraying.

8. Using the same method, stitch both the beak and ears onto the body.

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9. Now that everything is secured to the owl’s body we can attach the back of the owl to the front. To do this lay the other body piece, wrong side up (so the pattern is facing down) straight on top of the first piece. Match all of the sides up and make sure that all of the sewing we have already done is on the inside and pin this in place.

10. Using your sewing machine again, stitch all along the edge but leave a fairly big opening at the bottom.

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11. Once you’ve finished stitching, turn the owl inside out so that your previous stitching is now on the outside.

12. We’re almost there! To make the feet, take two of the four foot pieces and match them back to back. Stitch close to the edge and leave a little gap near to the top. Repeat the same steps for the other one.

13. Turn them inside out so that the pattern is on the outside again.

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14. Now we can stuff the owl. Take small pieces of stuffing at first to fill out the ears and feet and then bulk stuff the body but leave enough room for a bag of sand. We can also stitch up the openings on the feet as well.

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15. When using the sand, make sure that it is fully secured in a bag and will not leak out! As it can be very difficult to sort out after everything is sewn up! Place the sand in the base of the owl and stuff around it.

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16. Using the glue gun, glue the bottom edges together securing both the stuffing and sand inside the owl. Time to glue the feet onto the bottom of the owl! I’ve also added an oval of felt just to hide the seams and glue.

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And we’re done! Just prop the owl up against a door to keep it open! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial!

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If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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