fat quarter friday {Haidee the HOOligan owl stuffie & a carrier tutorial}

Haidee the HOOligan:
Owl Stuffie Tutorial
(allow 1 -1 1/2 hours from start to finish) 

Materials Needed:
*1 fat quarter of fleece (or you can use felt or any other no fraying fabric)
*1 fat quarter of cotton fabric
*little scraps of fleece and cotton fabric

When sewing this little stuffie together you want to use a stitch length of 1. Whenever I’m making a toy for a baby I use the smallest stitches possible. It insures that the stuffing stays inside and it makes the seams stronger. Also make sure you sew all buttons and embellishments on tightly! Little kids love playing with they and you don’t want any of them falling off.

Ok, so let’s get started. If you want you can draw you own owl shape, but if you are like me and are horrible at drawing, just use the templets that I used.

If you want to make the same size stuffie as I did print the owl stuffie #1 and owl stuffie #2. (The printouts will be a little distorted because it is actually my logo just enlarged.) Here is the complete logo incase you want to enlarge to another size.

Before you cut out the pieces to use as your templets you will want to make the ears a little bigger like how I did above. If not, once sewn they are very small and too pointy for my liking.

Cut out the printed pieces to use are your templets.


With your two pieces of cotton fabric, right sides facing, trace the owl templet onto the fabric. Set aside.

Trace the wings onto two pieces of fleece, right sides together. Remember to flip your templet after tracing the first one, so that the wings are going in the correct direction.

Pin in place. Sew.

Trim wings as close to the sewn edge as possible, then turn right side out. Iron flat.

Top stitch around edges. Set aside.

Trace eye onto two pieces of fleece. Now take the paper templet and cut the green part of the eye off. Use this to make the smaller part of the owl’s eyes in the next step.

Take two pieces of fabric, right sides together and trace the eye onto both pieces.

Sew. Trim.

Puff the circle up, by pulling the two pieces of fabric apart. You are going to make a small cut in one of the circles. This will be used to pull the fabric right sides out.

See the little cut? Now pull right side out through the hole. Iron flat.

Zigzag stitch onto fleece circles. Trim the fleece to make it even. Sometimes fleece pulls a bit when sewing, so just even them up a bit.

Sew the eyes onto the piece of fabric that you traced the owl templet on. Make sure you put them in the right spot and not too close to the edges. Use your owl templet as a guide on where to place them.

Using another little piece of fleece fabric, trace and cut out the beak. Sew the beak on. Just make sure you put it on straight. As you can tell mine is not. Sew the buttons on. Make sure you attach them really well.

Place the wings like so. Let them hang over the sew line a 1/4″.

Grab the other piece of cotton fabric that will be used as the backing. Add something to the back of your owl if you want. As you can see I added a little heart and my label.

Place the front and back of owl together with right sides facing. Pin in place. Sew. Make sure you leave a 1 1/2″ opening between the ears for turning right sides out.

Trim all the edges except for the opened area. If you trim the opened area, it will make sewing the hole shut much harder. Turn right sides out.

Make sure you push the ears and tail out. Use a pen or a pointed object if needed. Iron flat.

Fluff up your poly-fil and stuff the owl. Make sure you don’t forget to put some in the tail and ears.

Zigzag or hand stitch the opening closed.

There you have your own little owl stuffie!
Now, want to make a cute little carrier for your little owl stuffie?

Start by making a heart templet a little bigger then your owl stuffie. I had to tape two pieces of cardstock together in order to make my templet large enough.

Trace the heart templet onto a piece of fleece. Cut out the heart.

Using another piece of fleece, cut a heart a little smaller then the first heart.

Zigzag stitch the two hearts together. Add some embellishments if you want.

Now to make the main part of the carrier.
Cut two pieces of fleece 11″ x 9 1/2″ to make the carrier. In one of the pieces of fleece cut out a small heart shaped opening. This is how the owl will go in and out of the bag.

Now we are going to make the handle and the flaps for securing the heart onto the carrier. From your cotton scraps cut a piece 17″ x 3″. Fold right sides together and sew. Turn right sides out, iron, and top stitch. Cut two pieces off that are 2 1/2″ long each.

Place the folded handle in the middle of the piece of fleece. Now take the two 2 1/2″ pieces and place them on the sides of the handle like shown above. Pin in place. Lay piece of fleece that has the heart cut-out on top with right sides facing and sew around all the edges.
Turn right side out. Attach heart by sewwing the heart piece onto the 2 1/2″ flap pieces. Add some more embellishments you want. I added a little rectangle piece for a little more contrast in color, but you don’t have too.
Stuff your little owl inside and your finished!

As you can imagine, she loved the buttons!

And there you have it, a little owl stuffie with its own little carrier.


**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s. Please be kind and give credit where credit is due.**
Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

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  1. Stefeven1 says:

    Hi, this is the just the sweetestt stuffie ever !! I love your idea !!
    Thanks !!
    Stéphanie from Nantes in France

  2. Admitted Fabricaholic says:

    I absolutely love that you gave him a carrier! So very cute. My daughter is all about putting things in bags and carrying them around!

  3. jabeybaby says:

    This is beyond adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Katie @ EyeSpyDIY says:

    I love this! So cute!

  5. mustangkayla says:

    Very cute!

  6. luvinthemommyhood says:


  7. Awesome! Fat Quarter Friday is becoming a favorite of mine!!

  8. Oh MY (!) that is cute. I love the fabrics and it looks like your little one loved it too!

  9. Sleeping or Sewing says:

    Great tutorial. Love the owl!

  10. I just made this today and plan to give it to a friend for her daughters birthday! And it is adorable! I need a bit of practice to make it look as good as yours but I'm on the right track. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  11. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says:

    This is just adorable! I love it. I'd love to make one of these for my youngest. She would adore it. Great tutorial.

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