Monday, March 7, 2011

MFT Creative Challenge

Welcome to the MFT creative challenge for March! Joanne challenged us to use our die-namic dies for Home Decor....oh how fun! There are so many things you can do with these dies due to the fact that they can cut so many different materials....
I decided to go with this little owl to bring a little cheer to this window.
SUPER easy to make so I included this photo by photo tutorial.....here we go!
First off, I am not so great at free hand drawing so I relied on my cricut to provide the shape of the owl. This not only gave me a shape to trace but also the eye placement for later. So I laid 2 pieces of fabric together and traced my owl body shape.
Cut out the shape.
Now to the die-namics! I used my simply scallops die to cut out a bunch of felt strips for the belly of the owl.
I could have stitched them on....one by one, but I decided that my fabric glue would work just fine. I tried to stay away from my edges as I would be sewing the owl together later and I don't like to gum up my needle with glue.
Glued each layer on. I tried to stagger them a little.
I used the rolled rose die for the eyes of my owl. I cut them out of felt as well.
More glue.....I made wide circles of glue for the eyes. I had laid my cut out stencil and marked where the eyes were so that I knew where to put my glue.
Instead of rolling up the rose in my hand and then placing them on I decided to roll them up AS I was sticking them to the owl. This makes for a looser roll, which is what I was wanting here.
Secured with cute pink buttons and thread.
Right sides together and I trimmed off the excess felt strips. I sewed them together leaving a small gap at the bottom.
Turn right side out and stuff with fill. I just have a few old pillows kicking around that I reuse the fill for projects like these. Once filled then you can hand sew up the bottom.
Voila!

Now I'm off to see what the rest of the girls made....you will find the full list of participating designers on Kim's blog!

19 comments:

Liz said...

What a sweet owl

StampOwl said...

of course I love this :)

Inge said...

Now this is sooo clever and oh boy so so cute!!! Love your Owl:-D

bernshwag said...

Sherrie your owl is so stinkin cute! I love how you used the rolled rose for the eyes, so creative...

Lisa H. said...

cuter than CUTE! OMG! I ♥ owls and this is the sweetest thing ever!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is SOOOOOOO darn cute Sherrie! Thanks for the step by step instructions too!!

Barbara said...

Totally amazing and totally creative, Sherrie!

Eva said...

Sherrie, I am sooo IN LOVE with this little owl!!!!!!!!! I just adore every single little detail of it!!!! I might have to recreate something like this, because I need me a little owl, too.

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Wow, wow, wow, Sherrie! This is just the neatest little owl! You are so creative and talented. Love this!

Christina Fischer said...

I LOVE this, Sherrie! It's just as cute as it is clever! :)

Arlene said...

Sherrie, this is such a cute idea! I LOVE your little owl. So sweet! :-)

Melody said...

Your owl is just the cutest and just so creative!

Megan said...

So creative!!

justsomestuffimade said...

Oh wow your owl is so fun Sherrie, I love him! You could say, he's a hoot. (Sorry...) Hugs, Ruth S

g said...

super fun & sweet! i LOVE LOVE this owl!!

Conniecrafter said...

That is ever so cute and creative of you, love your choice of fabric and the felt gives it great texture too!

Lori Craig said...

I *loved* this blog hop yesterday. Your owl is darling, of course. Great use of the dies. Super sweet! I think everyone did a bang-up job with the die feature! Hugs, my wish-you-were-here-for-coffee-friend!

Julie said...

This is so adorable Sherrie!

wendy said...

Oh my goodness this is soooo cute almost didn't see it...whow glad to be revisiting you gals