Sunday, December 11, 2016

DIY The Cutest Owl Ornament

I love making owls as seen here, here, here, and here.  But this one is, by far, the cutest one I've ever made!  And the inspiration came from one I saw in an upscale Christmas shop where no pictures were allowed.  So as soon as I left the store, I immediately got out my pen and paper and sketched a picture and included all the details I could remember - but, I did have to go back to write more stuff down since my memory isn't that great! Lol!  Here is the following tutorial to make this cutie!

Begin by gathering these materials: 
Owl ornament template
Embroidery thread/needle
Rhinestone mesh ribbon wrap
Animal eyes
Fabric-tac fabric glue

  • You can right click mouse on save picture as, or copy to Word (to adjust size) and print out Owl Ornament Template

  • Next, cut out the owl body (2) in fleece and the other pieces in felt. I believe the original owl was done in felted wool but fleece looks just as good to me. *And I ended up cutting out four wings and four feet and gluing two together for each one to make them sturdier.

  • Begin sewing the body together with needle and embroidery thread using a whip stitch, as pictured.  Poke the needle through both layers of fleece at a slight angle so that the needle comes out roughly 1/4" from the first stitch.  As you sew, the thread needs to be pulled tightly enough to keep the two pieces of fleece snugly together and to make the edge stand out.

 I started the first stitch where the foot would be placed to hide any stitching irregularities.   As I stitched around the body, I glued the wing in place (for added strength and stability) before stitching it.
See how I stitched through the wing:

  • For the ornament hanging loop, cut 8 inches of fleece selvage edge, overlapping the ends and gluing in place. 

  • Continued whip stitching around the body, leaving a small opening to stuff  with poly-fil, and finally, close opening by whip stitching the rest of the body.

  •  Glue the animal eyes (without stems) to center of the felt circles and let dry.

  • Cut off strips of rhinestone mesh and glue on in rows, using Fabri-tac glue. The width of the mesh was long enough to circle the eyes. Cut off any excess mesh and felt.

  • Add a bit of rhinestone mesh to the feet for a decorative look!

  •  For the beak, (forgot to take photos) add a small amount of fabric glue around three edges and seal the two beaks together.  Please leave one end open to stuff with a small amount of poly-fil.  Seal with more glue once filled.  You might need a clip to keep closed while drying. Glue in place between eyes.

Cute, Cute, Cute!
Look at those eyes!  Adorable!

The owl with the tree lights on .  .  .

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!


  1. Es monísimo !!!!!!1gracias por el tutorial !!!!!!!!!

  2. Gail, you know how much I love owls! I made some felt owl ornaments 3-4 years ago. I have to admit yours is cuter with the sparkly eyes! I just might have to go back and adjust mine. 😁 These are so cute! Love them!
    Merry Christmas blessings to you! Hugs,

  3. I'm always looking for fun things to pin and to sew with the kids in my sewing classes. I think the girls are going to love the bling on this owl!

  4. OH my gosh!! That is just darling!! I have been thinking of trying some easy sewing projects with my boys... I think they could handle this and would just love it.

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  6. Darling owl. Love the purple bling. I do love visiting the high end stores to get ideas. Happy Holidays Gail.

  7. He's really, really cute. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. If you can, add it to the Holidays Celebration Link Party too, there are still a few hours left on the linkup! (

  8. That is sooo cute... I have a thing for owls. I love how you used rhinestones for the eyes. :) Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  9. Such a cute little owl! I saw this when I visited the Creative Craft link up. Pinning so I can make them next year!

  10. OH this is too cute! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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