Finding your needle and thread is a lot more fun when this friendly owl is minding your supplies. For non-crafty friends, swap fibrefill for lavender and he’ll happily moonlight as a drawer sachet.
Gather your supplies:
Scraps of fabric for body and pocket; felt for wings; red, white and black felt; 50cm ribbon; matching thread; pinking shears; fibrefill; sewing machine; general sewing supplies
Cut three 17 x 19cm rectangles – 2 from body fabric, 1 from pocket fabric. Using a photocopier, enlarge What A Hoot! diagram to 333%. Cut the beak from red felt and two 3.5cm-dia circles from black felt. Using pinking shears, cut 2 wings from the body fabric, 2 wings from felt and two 5cm circles from white felt.
Lay felt wing on fabric wing, wrong sides together. Cut ribbon in half. Insert 1 piece of ribbon 2cm between layers on wing tip. Styraight stitch around wing, using 6mm seam allowance. Repeat for second wing.
Lay back of owl right side up. Position pocket on lower half of back, folded edge across centre of back. Using 3 evenly spaced vertical lines of decorative stitching, stitch through layers, to divide pocket into 4 narrow pockets.
Using picture as a guide, position the eyes and beak on the front. Pin. Use button hole or zigzag stitch through all layers around black felt. Straight stitch around beak, 2mm in from edge.
Lay owl front right side up. Position wings on front, 3cm from base, lining up straight edges. Lay owl back on top, right side down. Pin layers together. Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, stitch around owl, leaving a gap in base. Turn through and push out corners. Stuff with fibrefill and slip-stitch opening closed.