Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Three Owls

Sleepy Baby Owlets


I've been whipping up hand warmers in my spare time like crazy! I absolutely love the idea of these little, sleepy owlets. They are warm and cuddly when microwaved or cold after being in the freezer - Ready for emergencies! 

They make me feel better, and I hope they make you feel good too! 

This is Oliver the Owlet

They are great to have around the house or give as gifts! Pack em' in the freezer and they will be ready for any bumps or bruises along the way. Cold winters?? Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds and you have perfect warm owlets to take with when...

Walking the dog
Going to the bus
Hockey games
Football games
Making a snowman
Trips to the cider mill
Wherever your heart takes you...

The best part is that they are OWLS!
Sew cute :)

I found this Owl Template from Our Peaceful Planet and cut two pieces of fabric- the front and back. Make sure to print the little gift-tag to go with them. They make the best comfort gifts!

Normally, I would use cotton, but as soon as I found out you could use flannel in the microwave I couldn't wait to try it out on my cute owl flannel fabric!! I pre-washed and pressed my fabric first. I would also recommend researching the type of fabric you use when making these. A lot of people recommend fleece and felt. My felt was 100% polyester and made from recycled plastic bottles (not good for the microwave). So I couldn't use felt. Oh well...

This is Olivia the Owlet (being assembled)

I embroidered the eyes and beak on using a zig-zag stitch. I tried a blanket stitch but didn't think it went well with my theme. The zig-zag adds an extra fluffiness to the owl eyes (in my opinion) and then draw sleepy eyes using a fine point, permanent fabric marker. 

Sew the two sides, wrong sides together, all the way around using a 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 1.5" opening at the bottom to fill with stuffing. 

I used rice.


Make sure to use pins to prevent the fabric from moving while under the sewing machine.

Once the owlet hand warmer is 3/4 full, pin to prevent rice from falling out and sew the opening closed. Don't forget to back-stitch at the beginning and end. 

Meet Oakley the Owlet!

Sew this cute, sleepy, baby owlet together and you are all set! Trim with pinking shears around the edges. 

And then there were THREE!

Olivia, Oliver and Oakley the Owlets!

Hope you try these with your family, they are sew much fun and super easy to make! Anyone can do it!
Thanks for reading, come back again soon!