We all love this little owl. Rather a big owl, for me :)--I wanted to make him especially huggable. The girls tested this out for me.
I was really delighted to have a full owl-y spectrum of colors to choose from. Two--one of the wing layers and the belly--came from Becci's stash. Especially handy to have two stashes to draw from.The making: I sketched body and wing patterns beforehand, and traced a handy lid for the eyes and pupils. The other pieces were basically freehanded. To sew him up, I chose to machine stitch the belly, main body, and rows of feathers to make them especially secure. I wanted the beak to be free on the end, so to make it stronger, I cut two triangles of yellow cashmere and blanket stitched them together. I also hand-stitched the eyes so they would sparkle, and the wings because they're tricky.He's packed and shipping-labeled, and off to Reuben's (as yet un-met but certain to be dear) friend Tennessee-in-North-Carolina, but I had to pull him around Marian's school this morning to show him off. He was properly admired.