Introducing Owlivia - A Sewing Companion

Hello Moda Bake Shop Followers,

I am Sandy Gervais, a fabric designer for none other than Moda Fabrics. (Yes, it is a dream job!) Lissa at Moda asked me to design a project that could be sold as a kit using my new spring line, Frolic. I thought it would be fun to have a "sewing companion" to set by your machine, or on a shelf nearby.

With that thought Owliva was born. The size of her eyes certainly enables her to "watch" over you. She could also be used as a pincushion - if you can bear to poke her with pins. The kit includes pattern, 6 fabrics, ric rac, cotton batting and two buttons for $12.50 (plus shipping). All you will need to add is your favorite stuffing - batting, play sand, walnut shells, etc.

Go here to order the kit.

6 Frolic Layer Cake squares
10" of jumbo ric rac
10" X 10 1/2" piece of batting
2 pieces of cotton batting 2" X 2"

Two 5/8" buttons.
Crushed walnut shells

One sweet sewing companion.

Go here to download and print the template. Note this prints on 11" X 14" paper.

1. From your Frolic Layer Cake™ select:
Green leaf print square - cut this to a size of 6 1/2" X 10"
Solid orange square - cut this to a size of 2 1/4" X 10"
Brown daisy print square - cut this to a size of 3 1/4" X 10"
2. With right sides together, stitch these three pieces together along the 10" sides. Press. (front of owl)

3. Cut a piece of ric rac 10" long.
4. Center ric rac over middle orange piece.
5. Machine stitch down center of ric rac.

6. Cut a piece of cotton batting 10" X 10 1/2".
7. Lay the batting down and place the pieced owl front on top of batting with right side up.

8. Top with the large brown floral Layer Cake™ square, right sides together, matching lower edges.

9. Fold back large brown floral print to the spot where the green print meets the orange solid piece.

10. Insert pins to mark the fold.

11. Lay owl template onto backing fabric.

12. Lay a ruler across the pin markings.
13. Now move your owl template until the dotted line on the owl template is lined up with the ruler.

14. Pin template in place.
15. Using a small machine stitch, stitch ON the template line, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning and stuffing.
16. Tear away the paper.

17. Cut out owl a scant 1/4" away from stitching line. (It is helpful to leave about a 1/2" excess in the opening area.)

18. Turn right side out.

19. Stuff firmly with Poly-fil - just up to the middle section.

20. Fill remainder of owl with crushed walnut shells. This will make Owlivia stand straight. (You can purchase crushed walnut shells at a pet store.)

21. Whip stitch opening shut.

22. From your solid yellow Layer Cake™ square cut a 2" X 2" square.

23. Fold this in half diagonally, wrong sides together. Finger press.

24. Fold in half diagonally again. Finger press. (beak)

25. Pin beak in place. (see owl template for placement) Stitch beak in place with a running stitch.

26. From the medium brown flowered Layer Cake™ cut out two large flowers. (these are the eyes)

27. From cotton batting cut two 1 1/2" circles. (eye backing)

28. Center eye over batting circle.
29. Using a running stitch, stitch eye to batting by stitching through all thicknesses around the center of the eye.

30. Thread a long needle with two strands of thread.
31. Sew button in place in center of eye. DO NOT cut thread.

32. Position eye onto owl. Poke needle through hole of button, go through the owl and come out the back of the owl, pulling thread tight so that eye pulls in somewhat.
33. Go back and forth a couple of times and knot thread in back of owl.
34. Repeat for other eye.


Meet Owlivia –Isn't she a Hoot?

Now go stitch.

From my heart,


Molly said...

I LOVE Owlivia! Just ordered a kit.
:) Can't wait to receive it, and thanks for a wonderful project!

Frauke said...

how funny looks this bird

gale said...

So cute! What can be used in place of the walnut shell? We have deadly walnut allergy in our house. I'd love to make these for my kids' rooms.

Madame Samm said...

You are both a
bless YOU and your OWlivia...
great tut, thank you
madame samm

the cupcake fairy said...

This is awesome. I love your fabric so much!

Khris said...

So hooting the Frolic range of fabric and love the owls. I have put a link to this on my freebies blog too if thats okay..Khris

Katie B. said...

Must have Owlivia! So cute!!!

rachel griffith said...

♥ the new ad too.

Melissa said...

Adorable!! You could use millet (baked at 200 for about an hour, so it doesn't sprout :-) for fill. Scent it with a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Maggey and Jim said...

Really,really cute and owls are just the IN thing now..

jaybird said...

so adorable! i have a frolic layer cake & i've been trying to decide what to do with it!

Bobbi said...

I made an owl "mascot" last week for my sewing table. i love your ricrac idea!!! i think my owl needs a friend...owlivia!

lissa said...

Sandy, That is so O-dorable!Love it! Thank you

mascanlon said...

A kit is winging its way right now to SoCal! So cute and a real hoot as others have said. Gale, I often use those little plastic pellets from the craft store as weight in the bottom of pincushions. Just like the pattern, start with stuffing at the top and then add at the bottom for weight.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Hi Sandy, Owlivia is just darling! I love your fabrics. I just designed a spring table runner using your Celebrate Spring charms and have made the pattern available on my website. I used jumbo ric rac's so fun!

Thanks for sharing your creativity!


Tamara said...

Adorable! I love her! I think any heavy filling would work in the bottom. Rice, beans, plastic pellets (from the craft store). Thanks for the tutorial!

Elsa said...

thanks so much Sandy! Owlivia is the cutest! I'm going on a sewing retreat this weekend and I think I may just have to sew her up!

quiltcetera said...

sooooo cute!

Christine said...

Oh I love this! Going to have to make one or a few of these :)

Jennifer said...

"Owl"standing! Very cute!

Kim Walus said...

What a fun project! She makes a darling companion, too!

Lynne Hagmeier said...

The owl is too cute. My 5-yr-old granddaughter was looking over my shoulder and loves it! Guess I know what we're making this weekend.

Brandi said...

OMGosh that is so cute! I may have to order myself a kit!

KarrieLyne said...

Frolic is one of favourite lines! I am doing a pinwheel quilt with it now and I am definitely going to have to make myself a little Owlivia too :) Fantastic!

Danielle said...

I love it, I am almost done with my version for a friend! I'm definitely making more, so easy, and adorable! Thanks for the pattern and inspiration!

Meet Virginia said...

Too cute I just love it!!


Kayjay said...

wicked. i love it and I'm sure my granddaughter Olivia will on her 6th birthday. Looks like I'll be Howling around the house at the weekend. She sure is s hoot!! Too whit too whooo who loves you 'Owlivia'.

Andrea said...

this is so adorable - is there an owliver mate for her? ;-)

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

This is absolutely adorable! I'm making one :]

KF said...

I love Owlivia...I think I may make "her" and find her a home!

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

I just love Owlivia. Hoo-Hoo cute! ;-0

Dawn said...

She is darling...a must have companion!

Rachel said...

I was wondering if I had the template printed out at Staples on their 11x17 paper, would that mess up the size of the template?

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Frau Sonnenschein said...

taht is fantatsik.

gratings from the nederlands.


Claudia said...

Que hermoso!!!intentaré hacerlo!!!Gracias por compartir el tutorial tan bien explicado!!!!

Wendy_MT said...

Gale, my daughter also has walnut allergies, so I use bird gravel, which can also be purchased at a pet supply store. Works just as well. Give that a try if you haven't found something else yet.

Mrs. Art Doll Maker said...

Love this pattern. Will try to make one soon.

crafter1953 said...

I just love her I copied the tut and pattern. Thank you very much.

Solusmor said...

I just love Owlivia and have made some using strips from a Moda scrap bag and they look great.

Abuela Creativa said...

Muchas gracias!!! Voy a llevar el tutorial a mi blog, con tu permiso.


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