Thursday, August 14, 2014

Felt Owl Tote Bag

Perfect for Fall home décor or as a tote, this owl bag is just as cute as it is versatile!

Supplies and tools can be purchased at your local Hancock Fabrics store.

Supplies & Tools:
  • 3 – 9”x12” CPE Brown Felt Sheets
  • 2 – 9”x12” CPE Cocoa Felt Sheets
  • 2 – 9”x12” CPE Camel Felt Sheets
  • 1 – 9”x12” CPE Cranapple Felt Sheet
  • 1 – 9”x12” CPE Tangerine Felt Sheet
  • 1 – 9”x12” CPE Ivory Felt Sheet
  • 2 – 7/8” Buttons
  • 4 – 5/8” Buttons
  • Yellow Embroidery Thread
  • White Embroidery Thread
  • Orange Embroidery Thread
  • Template (Download from here)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Needle and Straight Pins
  1. Using the template, cut the owl parts from the 9”x12” sheets of felt.  Use the picture as a color guide.
  2. Cut three 3”x12” rectangles from camel felt, two 3”x12” rectangles each from cranapple felt and cocoa felt.
  3. Fold a rectangle in half lengthwise and pin it along the open edges.  Make  ¼” cuts all down the length of the rectangle.  Repeat this step for the remaining six rectangles.
  4. Using the sewing machine, sew the open side of the rectangle strips to a 9”x12” sheet of brown felt.  Use the picture as a color guide.  Sew the first strip to the bottom of the brown felt sheet just above the edge of the width of the sheet.  Continue sewing the rest of the strips, spacing them evenly so that the looped edge overlaps the straight edge of the strip underneath.
  5. Place a 9”x12” brown felt sheet on top of the feathered sheet and sew the side edges together.  Trim off any excess feathers that may be longer than the width of the sheet.  Turn the body right side out.
  6. Sew the large 5 ½” circle onto the bottom part of the felt sheets to create the base of the bag.
  7. Using a running stitch with embroidery thread, sew the two small circle eye pieces onto the heart shaped part of the face.  Sew the large 7/8” buttons on top of both of the small circles.  Sew the nose onto the face.  Use the picture as a guide.
  8. Continue using a running stitch with embroidery thread to sew the small ear triangles onto the outside part of the face.  Position the heart shaped part of the face onto the outside part of the face and sew them onto the bag just above the feather line.
  9. Using the picture as a guide, make a running stitch all around the larger part of the wings.  Sew the smaller part of the wing onto the larger part in the same manner.
  10. Position the wings onto the owl front and place the smaller 5/8” buttons onto the top part of the wing.  Sew the buttons onto the bag.
  11. Using orange embroidery thread, sew a running stitch around the edge of the feet.  Sew them onto the bottom of the bag.
  12. Cut a 3”x12” rectangle from the brown felt for a handle.  Fold in half lengthwise and use embroidery thread to stitch a running stitch around all four edges of the rectangle. 
  13. Use the remaining small 5/8” buttons to sew the ends of the handle onto the sides of the bag.
Approximate Crafting Time:  3 hours

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