My very good friend just decided to start selling Origami Owl products. It’s a home-party based jewelry company that mainly sells locket-type necklaces that you can fill with charms. It’s pretty cute stuff, and she’s really excited to get started. She was asking me the other day about owls and owl-print fabric, etc. so I decided to make her something to help her get started.
First, she was talking about needing a bag to carry stuff in. I recently stopped selling Stampin’ Up! products, and I was going to put my bag on a yard sale. This bag is nothing special—it’s just a black canvas bag that I got for free from Archiver’s with a large purchase, but it’s really sturdy, and it’s black, so it doesn’t show dirt. I don’t need it anymore, but it’s perfect for home party supplies. I thought about making a bag, but thought this would definitely be easier, and since I don’t know where to buy the vinyl backed sturdy canvas fabric, it would probably be more utilitarian than anything I could make as well. So, I drew up an owl and worked out an applique.
I used fusible web for all the fabric pieces and then free-motion sewed around the edges so it looks a little sketchy. This was my first time using this technique (usually I use thread that matches better), and I LOVED how it turned out. I think it really makes the design pop a lot more than just using matching thread or thread that blends in to the fabric. I will definitely be doing this in the future, perhaps even with my little owl again.
I also made her a little zipper pouch to use for cash/change and checks. I made this little guy in the same way, but he’s much smaller (and therefore cuter!). I also like the colors/fabrics I used on him a lot better than the ones I used for the large owl and the linen rather than a black background. On the small owl, I ironed on each piece before I began stitching. On the big guy, I ironed on a piece, stitched, and then repeated the process. In the future, I’ll do all the ironing at once. It saved so much time, and I think it’s as sturdy or even sturdier than the slower method. I sewed three passes on each line. This was easy because I didn’t have to go around a piece all at once. I could do a back and forth motion for an inch or two and then continue. On the little guy, it didn’t matter so much, but when working with a bulkier piece (like the bag), it really makes things a lot easier.
I used this Robert Kauffman owl print for the back of the pouch and for a little pocket inside. I love this little owl applique so much that I might have to make one for myself. I so wish I had made a copy of my drawing before I cut it up to use it as a pattern. I still have the pattern pieces, though, so I might be able to get a few more tracings out of them before they wear out.