Call me a hopeless romantic, but I love Valentine’s Day. I love putting hearts on everything, and making cute valentines…and eating copious amounts of chocolate. It’s a great holiday.
This year I decided to spoil my kids with a special valentines toy–these Valentine’s Day stuffed owls, and I’m sharing the free owl template with you! I sort of have a thing about owls (meaning I’m obsessed with them) and these stuffed owls turned out so cute! My little girl loves them and ever since I finished making them they have lived either in her bed, her stroller or her arms. They are wonderfully hug-able, after all!
All in all, these valentine owls are very simple to make, and require very little in terms of supplies. Even a beginner stitcher can easily accomplish this project over the course of a nap time. I created an owl template for you (see below) so really, you have no excuse! Let’s get crafting!
For full sized owl template PDF, CLICK HERE. **Note – When cutting the body pattern, you will want to create pointed ear shapes at the top of the pattern (see finished pieces for size). This was left off the pattern.
Stuffed owl template and supplies needed:
- Free Owl Template (Simply click the link and print out the PDF on regular computer paper.)
- Felt (Colors of your choice, but I would suggest using at least 4 colors, one of which is orange for the feet and beak.)
- Clear Tape
- Embroidery Thread
- Polyfil or Beanbag Fill Pellets
- Safety Eyes (optional)
- Sharp Scissors
Print out the owl template and cut out the pieces. Since I wanted all of the pieces on the owl template to be to-scale, the tummy piece and the face are on top of the body piece. So, cut out your 2 body pieces first and then cut into the body pattern and cut out the tummy and face shapes after that.
Because you are working with felt and cutting out small specific shapes, the best way to get a clean cut is to use clear tape instead of straight pins while cutting out your pattern. Simply cut out the shape from the owl template and then tape it directly to the felt you intend to use. Cut through the tape as you go.
Lay out the pieces after you’ve cut them out.
Next, it’s time to get stitching! PS–you could glue on the face, tummy, wings, eyes, ears, beak and feet with hot glue, but I find that when I glue things on my kids have a tendency to pick and pull the pieces off. However, when I stitch they don’t. So, it worth the time spent, for me, to stitch instead of glue.
Next, stitch on the wings and ears, also using a running stitch. Finally add the feet, beak and eyes. I used small black circles of felt for my eyes. However, I WISH I had used these black safety eyes. They are safe for kids and look great when the animal is stuffed. Next time.
As a final step, stitch the heart onto the tummy.
Now that the front of the stuffed owl is done, its time to turn this thing into a stuffed animal!
To do that, place the two body pieces together and blanket stitch around the outside.
Blanket stitch is probably the stitch I have the most questions about. It a great stitch that is pretty easy and if you plan on making anymore stuffed animals or plushies it’s pretty important to master. So, if you need a few more details on how to blanket stitch, check out THIS TUTORIAL. I hope it is helpful, and if you still have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
So, blanket stitch around the outside, but leave an opening at the bottom.
Fill the owl with polyfil, making sure to get up into the little ears. Get the owl pretty full, but not so full that the sides you already stitched start to pull apart. Then, blanket stitch the owl shut.
And, done! You and your loved ones are ready to share some valentine cuteness.
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.