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The owl doorstop is a lovely project to sew, with a few different techniques to try. The fabrics and trims you choose will make it totally unique to you. Have fun creating the front of the owl!
Pattern sheet B, Owl Doorstop in orange
• 20cm (8in) high
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You Will Need
Cut out your fabric pieces using the pattern. Position the wings on either side of the owl front, matching the notches. Pin and sew along the un-notched curve of the wing approximately 2mm (1⁄16in) from the edge.
Attach fusible webbing to the eye background piece. Position it onto the owl front and iron in place, allowing for the 1cm (3⁄8 in) seam allowance at the top. Zigzag around the outside of the felt to secure the eye background in position. (To stop thinner fabrics puckering around the eye section, you can iron a rectangle of medium-weight iron-on interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric, behind the eye section.)
Place the felt feet either side of the centre notch on the base seam with the raw edges together. Tack in place. The feet should point up towards the owl’s face.
Place the owl back face down onto the finished owl front, pin and sew around the curved edges of seam 1. Clip the curves and cut off excess fabric from around the ears to reduce bulk.
Now you need to match the base to the owl body at seam 2. Make sure that you mark all four notches on your base pattern and the centre notches on the bottom of the owl front and back.
Now pin each quarter. If you struggle to pin it flat, you can clip into the seam of the owl front and back by 0.7cm (1⁄4in) to help ease it in before sewing a 1cm (3⁄8 in) seam allowance. Leave a gap at the centre back of about 7.5cm (3in).
Turn through and fill two-thirds of the owl with toy stuffing and then put rice or a bag of sand in the bottom to weigh it down. Sew up the gap by hand.
If you are new to appliqué then use felt for the eye background section and just use fusible webbing to attach it, as the felt won’t fray.