10.05.2010

{OvO} *owl*bookends* {OvO}

I made some owls for the fall season,
but I'm pretty sure these babies are staying up all year round! TUTORIAL:
Double up some burlap and then take a pen or pencil and draw a circle. I drew the circle a little taller than it is wide and the base is straight across.

Cut it out and then sew the edges. Leave the bottom (that slightly straight line) unsewn and open like so...
Now stuff it! I used that big bag of stuffing at walmart that is less than $3. But stuff it FULL and TIGHT. You may not think you can fit another hand full, but I assure you, you can;)

I made a quick bean bag, and didn't even spend the time to turn the hem inside, I just sewed one up real quick! (I made it pretty big, we need these owls to have a good base).
Then stuff it in the bottom. Now this took me some effort to shove it in,
but you'll want it to. Keep fighting it!
You should come out winning. I hope.
Stand it up and adjust the bean bag as needed.
You want it to stand up straight and tall :)Then I pulled it tight and hot glued the edges to the bean bag...

Now for the wings: Double up the material, and cut a similar shape.
Make it a touch bigger than the size you want, because we'll hem up the edges.
Double up the hem and straight sew it!
Now glue on one wing like so...It's not pulled tight (yet), you can see...
This is where you pull it tight and get out the creases and hot glue it to the bottom:

Here's what the front looks like with both wings:

Here's what the back looks like, but remember that your back
may look a lot different than mine,
just make sure that front looks cute!
Now double up some dark brown fabric and cut a triangle.
The bottom point needs to be pointier and longer...
ZigZag sew the edges all the way around:
Now all you have to do is hot glue 4 more places:
Glue the beak on, then glue the back and then the two buttons for the eyes!
YAY! Very minimal sewing!
These turned out so fun, I was excessively happy.
You may be wondering how I got these suckers to curl...
Well, no laughing, but the cosmetologist in me came out.
I hairsprayed them and then blowed em dry with my blowdryer.
It worked. ok?
I used some heavy duty arrisol hairspray.
But I thought, I bet a lil mod podge would work too eh?
Call me crazy.
Enjoy your new bookends, or simple decor for ANYWHERE!


7 comments:

Shawn and Megan Atwood said...

too cute!

'T' said...

I just want to squeeeezzze those owls! (In a happy, those are so adorable way). Looks fabu! My oldest child was the one who texted you, I'm not sure why she wanted to know your fav. color?? "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?".

xxoo T

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Lindsay, these are adorable! Love them :).

Higley's said...

Lindsay,

Ok, can you just make me one of these? This is beyond my skill level...lol!! My neighbor LOVES owl's & I have been looking for a gift for her! I will totally pay you for it if you want to make another one!!

billiemonster said...

Lindsay! Those owls! They are absolutely perfect! I might have to get on making them RIGHT NOW. hehe.

~ www.billiemonster.com ~

Mama Flurfel said...

That's exactly what I want to make! Awesome post!

ificould said...

These are adorable! Love them so much I posted a link: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/10/owl-bookends.html

thanks for sharing!
missy

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