Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sewing Owls with the Little Ladies

My girls have been begging me to make them each an owl with feather tufts. We came up with a pattern which inspired them both to make their own. They each sewed every part of these owls. Araina (5) made the blue and green owl, Fauna (7) made the pink and brown owl.


I provided them each with an embroidery hoop, #16 embroidery needle, felt of their choosing, and embroidery floss.


They cut out their owl bodies and threaded their needles (2 pieces from the 6 piece floss). We always add just a little dab of glue onto the center of the felt piece to keep the felt from slipping while they are sewing. I have found this method easier than pins, just make sure to put the glue only where there will be no stitching. Pushing a needle through dry glue is hard!


Then the sewing began. This is Araina's first major sewing project, she is a natural!


This is Fauna's first sewing project using the hoop, which she loved. She has become quite the little handsewer, she sews fast and is quite a natural at it too.



Both owl bodies are now complete. Click on this photo to get a close-up of the stitching.

They were both very proud of this first accomplishment.


Next, they picked out the colors of the owls' details, cut out the pieces and laid them out to see if the colors fit their visions. Here is Araina's vision......

Here is Fauna's vision; she later replaced the white eyes with brown.

Now to stitch on the details.




The finished products turned out GREAT!!! They were so proud of themselves! I too was proud of them!


I stitched on a brooch backing for Araina and Fauna's will be made into a necklace.


The girls loved this and actually made these owls in one sitting (about 2 hours). Araina loved this experience and had very little trouble. She is now working on her own turtle pattern for a future brooch. Fauna is working on a kitty pattern. Fauna posted more photos of her sewing here. Araina wrote a poem about her owl here.

40 comments:

Lisa said...

i love these owls. -araina

Adrienne said...

adorable! i never thought to have max use the hoop while sewing, we'll try that next time. thanks!

kristin said...

i love the looks of concentration on their faces as they are working. beautiful stitch work girls!!

Dawn said...

These are so cute! You and your girls deserve to be quite proud. That's some beautiful sewing.

Erin said...

Wow, I think that maybe with the help of the hoop, even I (who is afraid of sewing) could make one! The girls' owls turned out fabulous! Reminds me of my grandma.. she used to collect owls. :)

Erin said...

Btw.. stupid question, but do you just cut the felt on the hoop out around the owl once you're finished?

Lisa said...

Erin, we took the hoop off then cut around the owl. The hoop is a fabric waster in my opinion but it does hold the fabric nice and tight, which makes it easier to sew. I don't use one, I like to squish the felties all together.

dongdong said...

They are adorable. Both girls did so good. Isn't it wonderful what they are able to do?!

Artistmama said...

What a great job they did ! How adorable! I am about to make a felt mobile for the baby- can I copy your adorable winking owl? Too cute!

Anet said...

Next to squirrels, owls are my favorite animal! The girls are talented like their mamma! They did an amazing job:)

Tara said...

You have two very talented young ladies there.

The owls are adorable and a favorite here :)

Shady Lady said...

Yet another brilliant idea! Princess wants to learn to sew. Now I have the perfect project for her. How cool!! Thank you!

Jane said...

I'm amazed that Araina did that whole project by herself-well done! I love the idea of using the hoop(I never would have thought of that).

Lisa said...

I am amazed how well Rainy did with her owl as well! She did it in one sitting as well, she loved it and felt "relaxed." She was so cute!

Artistmama, of course you can copy the winking owl for your baby mobile. ;)

sunnymama said...

Your daughters are talented! The owls are so cute, really lovely.

Annie said...

WOW! So cute and it's even more cool when done by the kids. I really love how they turned out!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful!
I so love Owls.
And Frogs.
And Turtles.
'Cept not monkeys.
:)

Siayla said...

Love these little owls! What a great idea with the hoop. They both did an excellent job and that winking owl is super cute!

jumbleberryjam said...

I am in total awe. What amazing work! Adorable to the core.

sybilbrun said...

I am WAY impressed at all they did, who'd have thought kids their ages could do all that?! Well, you, I guess!!! My kids would totally love this! How do you think this stuff up Lisa? Have you been thinking of teaching them your passions for awhile now (felting, blogging)?! ;-D

Sam said...

Those are so wonderful! Wow, you're girls are great at sewing. Just yesterday I started sewing a little felt underwater scene. I've never felt so relaxed and connected before :) I'd love to have Sophie try this, great idea to use a hoop, I wouldn't have thought of that, thank you!

enikő said...

They're so cute!Do you mind if I try to copy your idea and I try to do this with my kids? We're having terrible days, you've surely heard about the earthquake that is destroying our region. We live outside in our garden, we're quite anxious for our kids, I think they need to be enertained in some way. Making these little owls is perfect to keep them occupied in order to not to think about what is happening around us.

Have a wonderful day.

Cheryl said...

i LOVE THE OWLS AND CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE KITTY AND THE TURTLE!!! HOW VERY TALENTED BOTH GIRLS ARE WITH THEIR SEWING!!

nettlejuice said...

Oh, so nice to see them creating.
My boys haven't had an interest in sewing since their first effort.
But then, it is spring...time to run around outside and dig in the dirt.

Lisa said...

wow.araina

Jamison said...

Lisa--I am ready to start sewing and am going to try to get me nearly 4 year old on board. Could you please share with me where you purchase all of your lovely felt? Do you have an online supplier? Thanks for the inspiration! Jamison

Adrienne said...

Thanks for your comment. I have been enjoying your blog-found it through the magic onions. It is full of really fun ideas that we have been trying out. I love all of your felt work. Your daughters sewing abilities are quite impressive!

silicadesign.Catherine Letendre said...

Beautiful project well done by the girls. I really love owls... Thanks for the note you write to me. At the botanical Garden of Montreal there is a magical event call Papillons en liberté or Butterflies Go Free at this link:: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/propos/papillon.htm
Children loves so see them flying around... the picture was took last year, maybe I'll plan a visit for tomorrow. cath

kristen said...

Oh those are ADORABLE!!! Do you use wool felt or would the standard craft felt do?

Lisa said...

Jamison, April at http://www.feltorama.com/ has a great selection of felt. She even has ecofelt which is made from recycled bottles...on my wish list.

Lisa said...

Kristen, I use a wool blend. Standard would work though. I'm a bit of a felt snob and like a little bit of wool in my felt, it holds up really well and has a nice touch to it.

sgaissert said...

Absolutely adorable. I know what it is now that I love about sewed felt -- the puffy look!

Patzi said...

This is so great! I love the little owls and I'm sure, my son likes to try out one, too.

Joy said...

They really did a fantastic job; I'm SO impressed. :) Cute owls too!

Tammy said...

Good job ladies!!!!!

skymring said...

If you just let them try, they'll manage the most unbelievable things.... That's what I've observed with my daughter, who is incredible curious and wants to try everything. She sew with a proper needle at the age of 3. She did needlefelting at 5. I often catch myself in trying to do things for her, 'help' her, even if it's just the simple things like cutting a slice of bread and put spread on. Luckily, she's good at telling (shouting!) me not to ;)

Becky said...

Those are fantastic! Good for them, what little artists you have! :D

Dawn said...

Splendid!
They did a wonderful job!
Happy Friday :)

Colleen said...

they really did turn out great. they did such an amazing job. my 7 year old daughter saw them and oooooh and ahhhhh over them and wants to make her own.

goldenbird said...

Hi Lisa,

Can I post the pictures of your owls and a link to this post on my blog? I want to do a post about owls in general with some links to owl-themed craft projects.

Thank you,
Stacy