Back in the day, when I listened to what other people said, I had someone tell me that I should switch from Blogger to Wordpress. I tried it, but no one could find me. And I felt like I was abandoning Kirb Appeal.
So, I'm back on Blogger, but there are a few good posts on the wordpress that are well-written and informative. (I know, right? It's like I was a whole different person over there!) And, just in time for Pillowpalooza, I have gone to my former blog and resurrected this:
|It's Bernice! She's come back!|
1. I take some fabric. In Oscar's case, it was an old boiled wool sweater that was a size small (which I will never be again) and had some moth holes.
|this is the holey sweater|
3. You need to use a lot of pins if you use an old sweater, because knits shift a lot.
4. Then, I cut the owl shape out. I do the same thing with another piece of fabric, for the back. For the back, I used a woven fabric, because if you use stretchy fabric both front and back, it tends to stretch out of shape and get all lumpy. Bernice was woven fabrics both front and back.
5. Put the back aside, and go back to the front. For the front ruffles, I cut out two long strips of fabric, probably about 30". I brought the edges together, and sewed them, forming a tube.
|These look sorta like snakes, which I despise. They are scary and have snakey tongues, which completely freak me out.|
7. Then, I gather the fabric tubes. I do this by hand stitching (with a needle and thread in my hand) a running stitch (that's just the in-and-out kind--you can look all this terminology up on-line. I am licensed to teach Family and Consumer Science aka Home Ec, but there are a multitude of reasons you don't want me to. Terminology is just one of those reasons) that are about an inch long all the way across the tube. Tie a really good knot in the end, then pull gently to gather. Then pin the heck out of it again, because knits can be cranky.
8. Then, you can secure the gathered tube to the front of your owl by using your sewing machine. (WARNING: please pull out the pins just before you get to them with your machine. I have had pins break, and it is not pretty. They can completely mess up your machine, or, in a freak accident, your eye. I cannot stress this enough.)
9. Now we have some more fun stuff to do. I get felt (which I LOVE! Felt and modge podge and DL and the kids and Brandywine. And beer. And lasagne) and something to trace--in this case, masking tape. This will become the back part of the eyes. I need two.
10. Gold triangles for the beak. And smaller white circles for the inside part of the eye, which I traced with a funky dollar coin. The gold color ones. Aren't they odd? They almost seem fake. And two big buttons, in this case black, for the eyeballs. The two layers of felt I zig-zag on with my machine, and the buttons I attach with perle cotton, which is really strong. This will keep those eyes on. We don't want blind owls. We'll save blind for the mice.
|Hallelujah! I can see!! It's a miracle!!|
12. Here's a back view, turned inside out. I press it lightly from the back side so that I don't stretch him out or ruin his ruffles. Then he's ready to stuff with fiberfill.
|It might look like cotton candy, but it doesn't taste like it. |
Here's Oscar. He now has a good home with my daughter (not her real name).
If you need better directions (and I don't blame you), you can just message me with any questions.