You might recall the Hedwig owl my baby and I made for our friend Les Iast week (if this is the first time you’re hearing this news, read all about it here).


I debated whether or not to write this, because how many times in a person’s life does the knowledge of how to make an owl out of a t-shirt come in handy? Then I figured with the economy and Hurricane Sandy driving us nuts, maybe this world needs some more adorable stuffed owls. Maybe that’s what we need. Plus it’s so freakin easy, I made this up literally the first time I ever used a sewing machine on my own. Anyways, this is a tutorial on how it was made.

1. Get yourself an old shirt you don’t want no more. In this case, I found this shirt in my clean laundry from the last time I did laundry at my parents house. It belongs to my baby brother. I decided it would be the perfect shirt to recycle for this project and figured he wouldn’t mind. Sorry Mikey!


2. I drew a quick “template” on the back of an envelope and pinned it to the shirt. (I pinned it through both the front and the back of the shirt, since I would need two owl shapes)


3. Then I cut out my template and had two identical owl shapes.


4. Now I cut three ruffle shapes out of the sleeve of the shirt. Since I did not take a picture, I supplied this totally realistic reenactment for your reading enjoyment.


5. I sewed the three ruffles to one of the owl shapes. Just three simple sewing lines in a row, bam bam bam.

Ta-da! My owl has feathers now.

Side Note: This would have been the perfect time to sew the eyes and beak on.. I did it after I’d made the owl and that was a little difficult.

6. Now I put the two owl shape together with the ruffle side facing inward (so the owl was inside-out) and sewed the perimeter of it about 90% closed, leaving a little gap in the bottom.


7. I utilized the gap in the bottom of the owl to flip it right-side-out, and voila! I have a skinny owl now!


8. I fattened that sucker up with some batting through the gap I left in the bottom and then sewed it shut.


9. Now I stitched the eyes and beak on by hand since I already sewed the whole thing together. As I already mentioned, this would have been easier if I’d done it before-hand.


10. Then we added a cute note to Aunt Les across the owl’s buttocks, and she was good to go!


This whole project cost a few pennies and took about 20 minutes. So simple. That’s all there was to it. No fowl play here. Get it? Har Har Har!