Miscellany

Owl Wreath

By  Mary Ayres 

Materials

  • Wool felt scraps: ivory; sage green; avocado green; burnt orange; light brown; blue; yellow gold
  • Green cotton batik fabric, 1/4 yd.
  • Assorted buttons: brown, 1” to 1-3/8”, five; white two-hole, 1/2”, 10
  • Black perle cotton, #12
  • Sisal rope
  • Jute twine
  • Distressed tag, 2-1/4”x5”

Tools

  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive (Duncan)
  • Sewing machine and green thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Computer and printer
  • Optional computer font: AL Stencil Distress (Autumn Leaves)

Pattern - Owl Wreath

  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. For owls, cut the following: two bodies each from sage green, avocado green, burnt orange, light brown, and blue felt; five bellies from ivory felt; five beaks and ten feet from yellow gold felt.
  • 2. Following pattern, pin bellies and beaks to one owl body of each color. Sew running stitches around bellies close to edges. Make two French knots on each beak for nostrils, wrapping floss around needle three times for each knot. Use perle cotton to sew two white button eyes angled to sides of each beak. Pin same color owl bodies together with right sides facing out. Pin feet between owl layers at bottom, following pattern. Sew a running stitch around bodies close to edges, stuffing bodies with fiberfill before stitching closed.
  • 3. Cut 24 leaves from batik fabric. Stack leaves together in pairs. Machine sew around leaves, 1/4" from edges. Cut a 1-1/2" slit vertically in center of each leaf on one side. Turn leaves right side out. Stuff and whip stitch openings closed. Machine sew straight stitch vertically through center of each assembled leaf. (Note: Sides with slits are back of leaves.)
  • 4. Sew tips of leaves together in pairs, adding a third leaf to two of the pairs. Use perle cotton to sew brown button to joining of each set of leaves.
  • 5. Wrap sisal rope evenly around wreath five times and knot ends in back.
  • 6. Place wreath flat on work surface with front side facing up. Place leaves on top of sisal rope wraps. Place owls on grapevine wreath between leaves. Glue leaves and owls to wreath.
  • 7. Use computer to print "happy fall" on tag. Thread jute through tag hole and tie around brown button at top of wreath.
  • Note
  • 1. Use one strand of perle cotton for all embroidery and running stitches.
  • More
  • 1. Instead of a wreath, sew hangers to owls, and decorate a Halloween tree.