Hello, there! Welcome to the, “Other Side!” (finally)
It seems like forever since I’ve blogged. I have missed it and I’m thrilled my blog transfer is finally done. I still need to tweak things here and there, but at least I’m able to share with all of you projects I’ve been designing and working on. This enormous blog transfer and re-design could not have been possible without the help of my invaluable friends Heather of blogsbyheather.com and Amy of WebsByAmy.com
Now, let’s get down to business, if you can call this business! Besides being a Lakeside Stamper, I’m a quilter as well. For the longest time I wanted to play around with the Stampin’ Up! Fabric, but never got around to it. Owls are BIG right now. Back in the day I also loved owls and had a collection of them. My daughter Megan is now the owl fanatic and she has them tucked away all over her house. I guess the apple really doesn’t fall from the tree! At any rate, this owl project I’m going to share with you was inspired by my love of owls and the owls that hang out around the lake.
To begin making this little fabric owl, I drew a simple outline of an owl’s body and wings. I cut the pattern out of mylar. You can use a manilla file folder to draw your pattern on. Once drawn simply cut the pieces out and use them to trace around on your fabric. The fabric I used is the Stampin’ Up! Spice Cake.
I then traced out the owl’s body and wings on to a the backside of the fabric. You need to cut out two bodies and two wings. I used two corresponding fabrics, one for the body and another for the wings.
I placed the cut fabric wings on the right side of the owl’s body as shown and hand appliqued them.
Once I had the two wings appliqued, I place the two body halves right sides of fabric together and sewed them together. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE AN OPENING TO TURN YOUR LITTLE FELLOW RIGHT SIDE OUT!
I then stuffed the owl, sewed up the opening and added beads! How much fun is this? I’m sure if you look you have beads in your stash somewhere. If not, this gives you the perfect opportunity to buy some. Make sure your needle is thin enough to fit through the beads you’re using.
When I was happy with the beading, I then moved on to the owl’s eyes. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Large Spice Cake Designer Buttons. These were available in the 2011-12 Holiday Mini. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! includes them in the New Idea Book and Catalog next year, because these buttons are fabulous and make great owl eyes. Don’t you agree??? I layered on, a few more buttons for effect.
Stampin’ Up!’s Fabric comes in, “Fat Quarters.” A fat quarter is still a quarter of a yard of fabric, but it’s cut differently. I created a diagram that showa how a, “Fat Quarter” of fabric is cut compared to a regular quarter of fabric. Fat quarters ar used by quilters, because the way fat quarters are cut they enable you to use larger patterns.
Thanks for stopping by. Here’s looking to a long creative friendship.