I am a little haphazard when I make and bake and often can't be bothered to follow patterns or instructions. More often than not this leads to disaster and a very big mess but sometimes, just sometimes, something turns out beautifully.
I made this using an old pair of brown cropped trousers and scraps I had lying around the house. It is weighted with a zip lock bag of gravel and then stuffed with more fabric scraps.
I will talk you through how I made it.
- To begin with draw your pattern on an A4 piece of paper.
- Find a base material to use. I used an old pair of tweed brown trousers.
- Cut out and pin the pattern to the trousers.
- Make sure your fabric is folded in two (or just a trouser leg!) and cut out the pattern.
- Measure the length of the sides of your pattern and cut two triangles that have their longest edge measuring the same as the pattern length.
- Measure along the bottom and the sides to cut a rectangle for the bottom.
8. Pin these onto the front side of the owl.
9. Applique these features onto the front piece using a close zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.
11. Now pin on the sides, again nice sides facing in, and sew together.
13. Fill a bag with stones of gravel to act as the weight. Make sure this is securely taped up.
14. Fill the owl with toy stuffing or cut up scraps of old clothes.
15. Make sure the stone bag is at the bottom but pack stuffing around it.
16. Hand sew the last side of the bottom together making sure you tuck in the edges.