Nursery Owl Mobile
Sewing Pattern: Download owl mobile pattern template. Save the pdf document, open in acrobat reader to print it out.
Sewing experience: Intermediate, with blanket stitch knowledge
Time needed: 20 – 30 minutes to make 1 owl or tree
Dimension: owl – 3” W x 3 ½” H, tree – 4″ W x 5″ H
Tools and Supplies:
1. Felt – pink, grey, white, red, green, brown
2. Embroidery floss – pink, grey, white, red and black
3. Fancy Button – 2
4. Cord / cotton twin
5. Ric Rac (mini) ribbon trim
6. Doll poly-stuffing
7. Embroidery needle or tapestry needle #24
9. Owl, tree and heart templates
10. Paper or cardstock
11. Ball pen
12. Toiler’s pins
Tip: In order for the cord to stay securely, make a knot and insert into the owl, stitch on it while you do the blanket stitch.
Download and print the pattern template on a paper or cardstock, cut templates out and trace them on the felt with a ball pen according to the color shown on the picture.
Cut felt by following the inside of the traced lines so that no ugly ink is shown on the cut out felt.
Layer the white felt eye above one of the pink face pieces, blanket stitch to secure in place.
Position three strips of ric rac ribbon trim onto a grey body piece and sew with a backstitch.
Centre the nose between the eyes and backstitch it in place.
Sew on the fancy buttons for eyes.
Experiment with different expressions. Here are the 4 different faces / expression that you can give to the owl.
Align the front and back felt pieces of the head and body. Position the pink wings on top of the front body piece. Pin in place.
Sew the front and back body pieces together with a blanket stitch, starting from the bottom of the left wing. Stop right before the top-centre of the body. Sandwich a long length of cotton twine (with a knotted end) between the felt pieces. Continue blanket stitching across the edges of the body until you reach the bottom of the right wing.
Fill up the body with poly-stuffing and finish stitching up the piece.
You can also try a different design for the body – here are three, for starters.
Hold the head felt piece to the body and sandwich the cord in between, letting it run out at the top-centre of the head. Start blanket stitching from the bottom of head and continue on until you reach the left ear.
Stuff the head and finish stitching up the piece. If needed, use ball pen to push the poly-stuffing into the head.
The completed owl mobile. Sew another few of them with different expression and body as shown above.
Cut felt on the tree template, tree/crown, trunk and small hearts.
Arrange the hearts on the crown, blanket stitch them in place.
Layer half of the trunk on the crown, blanket stitch the top portion of the trunk to the crown.
Remark: this is an accurate method of attaching the trunk to the crown, though a little troublesome. You can always stitch both trunks to the crowns respectively and sew both pieces together.
Place another piece of trunk underneath, blanket stitch both trunks together on the bottom halve.
Turn over, place the second piece of the crown and sew the trunk to it.
Stuff the trunk with poly-stuffing. You have to do it now and not after you have sewn up the tree. Use a pen to push the poly-stuffing in. Massage the trunk to even out the poly-stuffing if necessary.
Blanket stitch the crown, insert a knotted cord at the center of the tree. Stop when you are about 1 1/2″, stuff poly-stuffing into the crown, add a little to the trunk that you stuffed just now so that the stuffing is even.
Finish stitching up the piece.
Make more owls, top off with some hearts and the tree, and have them dangle from a stick or an embroidery hoop.
The embroidery hoop version with blue owls, this is for my 5 year-old son.