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Scarf Re-Purpose: Stuffed Owl

First of all, I had an excellent time meeting some of you last night at the Recessionista party. I had some of the sweetest conversations. Thank you. I wanted to take you all home in my pocket……but I settled from some really excellent Recessionista loot. Wow…..such beautiful things.

Anyway, this is the final project of the scarf re-purposing series. (Part I, Part II, and Part III) And I have finally used up my stash. Perfect.

This Wise ‘Ol Owl is made using the leftover scarf from this project.

And he just happens to be my little guy’s new buddy.
Perfect for squeezing!

First, sketch some sort of owl shape and cut out from two layers of your scarf. (Or use fleece, cotton, or any material……this doesn’t have to be from a scarf.)

Then sew along edges with right sides together, leaving the bottom section open.

Then stuff with batting…

And then sew closed using a hand-stitch method from here.

Now, cut out your eye shapes…

And your wing shapes…

And then hand stitch to the front of your owl. (and cut out a beak too…..I forgot that one in the earlier pictures.)

(I pinned the wings to the front to help keep them in place.)

And that’s it……a cuddly new friend for anyone to enjoy.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. rita says:

    would have bee alot nicer to have a pattern for the shape of the owl, the eyes and the wings…

  2. cleidimar says:

    adorei seu artesanato,espero que voce me intenda ,por que naõ falo nada em ingles,um grande abraço .cleidimar ,moro no rio de janeiro

  3. Nisha says:

    This looks easy enough! I’m making over my playroom – trees, owls, birds, etc. This is perfect!

  4. Mercy's Creation says:

    this is so stinkin' cute! What a great idea! I was wondering if you used wool felt or if it's the "regular" kind. How did it wear after a while? I could use fleece for the wings etc if I don't have felt, right?

  5. Ro Archela says:


  6. Crazypatch says:

    so cute. I love Owl ;
    Then I put the link with the design on my blog dedicated to owls, thank you;

  7. kitty gardens says:

    I had a go at making the owl!
    Really lovely idea as always!

  8. Patte-mon says:

    Hi, I linked to this tutorial on Handcraft tutorials


  9. Andy Porter says:

    Thanks so much for this fun idea and great tutorial! I was able to make all 5 kids a little owl for about $7!! Gotta love it!! Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be posting my little owls on tuesday and of course I'll be passing credit your way. Thanks again!
    ~Andy @

  10. Ashley says:

    Mcgary's……I'll have to think up an easy tutorial for stockings. They definitely are pretty simple to make. I'll try and squeeze that in before we leave.

  11. Ashley says:

    Genevieve, same to you. I seriously enjoyed chatting. And thanks for the airforce advice! :)

  12. Angie says:

    Any baby would love that! THank you for sharing the idea…I may make it for my little one!

  13. Genevieve says:

    that is adorable- i love the idea!! and it was so nice to meet you and get to chat a bit the other night. thanks for the awesome blog and inspiring me to develop my basic sewing skills!! :)

  14. Angela says:

    That is so cute!!!

  15. says:

    Aww, he is so cute! And I love how easy-yay! Thanks so much, I'll be linking to this little guy.

  16. Micah says:

    Okay, wow!!!! this is amazing…thanks for sharing:)

  17. Rachel says:

    That is just too stinking cute!! Thanks for the TuT!


  18. BlueRose says:

    He is a cutie for sure! Thanks

  19. casserole says:

    Ashley, I'm out of town and don't have access to email, but I wanted to let you know that I linked to this tutorial on Craft Gossip:


  20. Jenglamgirl says:

    He is OWL so' CUTE! love him, and your little guy too!

  21. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    It would be truly impossible for me not to feature this!!! Thanks so much Ashley!

  22. Cheryl G. says:

    Very cute!

  23. *~McGarys~* says:

    I was wondering if you had an easy Idea for making Stockings:)?

  24. Resweater says:

    I love him! :)

  25. Jennifer says:

    OMG!! I love him!! I have a serious obsession with owls and I think I'm going to have to go out tomorrow to get some fabric to make this lil guy!!
    Love it and thanks for the tutorial!

  26. evan-emily-lincoln says:

    This is so darling! I can't wait to make one!

  27. Vanessa says:


  28. Kelly says:

    so glad to find this blog. What great projects. Thanks for going public.

  29. Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster says:

    This is great. I love owls.

  30. Danielle says:

    I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  31. TERRi :) says:

    Too cute!

  32. Tiffany says:

    That is so cute! I love owls!

  33. Julie says:

    love it. i made an owl recently like that only i never thought to use a recycled sweater, that looks so great! thanks for the tip.

  34. Anita says:

    Your blog has become one of my favorites and I look forward to each entry! Thank you

  35. Erika says:

    I love this little guy! I'm going to have to make one, thanks for the great tutorial!

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