Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Owl Softie Ribbon Teether


My baby girl is teething right now. Although you can never have too many receiving blankets, I really didn't want to go to all the work of making a teething blanket. So, I formulated this cute little owl softie. My daughter loves it. It's small enough for her little hands to grab onto, soft enough to cuddle with, and a total cinch. And how cute would this be for a baby shower gift?

1. Cut out your pieces. Owl body, owl wings, facial pieces, and ribbons. I just freehanded the body and the wings. But if you guys want me to post this as a pdf pattern, just let me know.

2. Fold the inside curve of the wings under about 1/4" and iron flat. You know how I feel about starch when it comes to making these creases. USE IT!

3. Sew the wings to the body. Get creative with your top thread color. I thing it adds a little whimsy when the stitches don't fade into the background.

See how close I stuck to the edge?

4. Place the facial features onto the face and sew on. I used wool felt for the eyes and the beak... it's a true obsession, me and wool felt.

5. Next fold a strip of ribbon in half. I prefer grosgrain ribbon so the texture can massage baby's gums when she's munching away on them. Pin the ribbon to the body with the rough edges at the edge and the folded end pointing inward. Arrange the ribbons around the wings like feathers, and two at the base like feet. Sew them on.

6. Now put the back to your owl against the front, right sides together, and sew it up. Be sure to leave a little opening to turn it right side out.

7. Go ahead and stuff it up with some batting.

Don't overstuff this little cutie. It's meant to be kind of flat so little fingers can hold onto it easily. Whip stitch that opening shut.

8. And there ya go! A nice little owl softie ribbon teether.

*** Due to multiple requests, you can now download the pieces to this owl for free by going here.

83 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this adorable little owl. I might just have to try this today.

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  2. Now that is cute!! I'll have it up tomorrow, thanks! :o)

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  3. Sooo cute Em! I don't have a baby teething but I think I am going to be making one of these. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a great post and just in time. I have a little teether myself.

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  5. Hi, interested in this cute little owl. Could you post the pdf file of the pattern you made for it?? Thanks!!!

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  6. Sooo cute! I have to try this soon!

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  7. You had me at "owl"!! I'll be featuring!

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  8. Oh, PLEASE post the pdf pattern. I can't for the life of me seem to draw anything. I want to make this for My teething baby!!!!

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  9. my 5 month old is just begging me to make one for her...of course she hasnt said that, but the dull all over her and me, is telling me that. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. so cute!! pdf file please! I SUCK at freehand stuff and I wouldn't want to trash this. :)

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  11. Oh so cute!!! Found you through Ucreate :-) Would love if you would post a patten, thank-yu!

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  12. I totally need the PDF file. Very cute - I would love to make it for my baby girl.

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  13. This is darling, functional and such a great idea! Endless possibilities with all the ribbon and fabric choices out there. I am going to try to make one of these for my nephew - I think I might even already have everything I need!

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  14. That is darling! I am obsessed with all things "owl"! I would love you to post a pdf file!!

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  15. This is soooo cute!!! I wish I had a little one teething. I twould make such a cute Valentines' Day present or to put in an Easter Basket. I think I'm gonna make it for my little girl any way. I'm sure all the ribbons would keep her busy at doctr's office or church.

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  16. Puh-lease post the pdf.... I would so love that!

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  17. Could you please post it as a pdf pattern? I am having problems cutting these out. Thanks :)

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  18. YES PLEASE......what a cute gift for a special baby ( our first Grandchild will be born in March). Thanks so much for sharing your special pattern.

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  19. Did you post the pdf pattern? i would love to have it. i have never sewn before and will need all the help i can get to give this adorable project a try. thanks so much!!!

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  20. very very cute! and it would be a wonderful gift.

    thanks for the tutorial, doro.

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  21. I just wanted to tell you Thank- you so much for this tutorial and PDF!! I made one tonight for a friends lil' girl in a soft pink and green color and she is so cute! I can;t wait to give it to her! I made her wings crinkly too for extra stimulation!!
    Thanx again, I will be making a few more of these, in boys colors!!

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  22. this is SO cute and want to make one in boy colors for the little boy I have coming in a month!

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  23. It's a great project.
    Thank you for all the explanations and PDF!

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  24. Just wanted to say thanks for the great tute and pattern! I had fun making one this weekend. I blogged about it here: http://skooksplayground.blogspot.com/2010/02/kinda-bummed-out-but-i-still-made.html

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  25. Very cute & creative idea. Please send PDF! Send to disneymagic4me@sbcglobal.net. Thanks!

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  26. Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link.

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  27. Thanks for the cute idea! I have made 2 and linked to you. I gave one to a friends baby today and he LOVED it! I will definitely be making more for gifts!
    http://mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com/2010/02/handmade-baby-toys.html

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  28. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this idea on my blog with a roundup of other fun baby ideas, getting ready for Baby Week at Oopsey Daisy. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/05/wednesdays-wowzers-baby-crazy.html

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

    ~Alison

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  29. I LOVE this idea. I've seen something like it at Pottery Barn but something about seeing it on your page inspired me to get crackin' and I made three yesterday! Thanks so much! BTW... I'm planning on featuring you on my blog in the next couple days. dressedwithstrength.blogspot.com

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  30. thanks for this wonderful idea!! i blogged about it and tagged you here HERE!!

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  31. Thanks for such a wonderful project - it's just adorable! I know a lot of work goes into making a tutorial and pattern, so your time and effort is much appreciated (especially by those of us that can't even draw a stick figure, lol).

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  32. Adorable! Thanks for posting! I am planning an owl themed birthday for my daughter, I might have to make these as party favors! :)

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  33. can this be thrown in the wash?

    thanks!

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  34. just a thought... you could make the bottom ribbon a loop so you could attach it to the stroller so it doesn't get lost or 'accidentally' dropped.
    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

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  35. Hi, Wondering if you would post the pdf file on the page or email it. (jenij1221@hotmail.com) I tried to download and print it but it said I had to sign up for the website and then pay a monthly fee.

    Thanks!

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  36. I like the colors it's bright exactly for kid.So cute :) I'm actually studying that, I'm in art college and my major is kids toys.

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  37. Is there any way we can get the pattern without subscribing to the site? I don't have patterns to upload either... Thanks! rachaelb82{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  38. Thank you for sharing such an adorable pattern! I made several teethers, but substituted crinkly packaging for the stuffing. I posted about them on my blog today with a link to your tutorial. Thanks again!

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  39. Saw this on another blog, linked to here. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. I would love to use this pattern but I can't print from that scribd site without signing up. can you please email me the pdf? Janell999@yahoo.com thank you!

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  41. I can't seem to figure out the download either! Can you send it to me? angelaleise@gmail.com

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  42. Oh my goodness this is SO cute!! I'm going to make one this week. I'd love for you to link it up at Sundae Scoop!

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  43. I just made one for a friend--SO CUTE! I think I'm going to have to make even more!! http://daniellebartran.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-baby-gifts.html

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  44. This is adorable. :) My SIL is pregnant so I am going to make a couple of these for her baby. Thank you for posting this.

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  45. I've tried to make this owl twice now, and for some reason I just can't get it to finish cute. After turning it right-side-out and stuffing it, I'm not sure how to finish sewing it up so that it still looks good. Any tips?
    Thanks,
    Ashley

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  46. Thanks for the pattern! I'm sure my little man will LOVE this... if not him I know I will :D So cute!

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  47. Thank you for the pattern! I FINALLY found fabric I wanted to use for this, made the pattern a little bigger, and... voila!
    http://thisiswhatilove-carmen.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-project-of-day.html

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  48. So cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial. It is my 1st sewing project that I made for my baby girl:
    http://craftsandartforchildren.blogspot.com/2011/04/crinkly-owl-taggie-toy.html

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  49. I did a crinkly version of this toy -- I used Smartie wrappers. Thanks so much for the free pattern, you are so sweet to make it available to us!

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  50. hi
    I can not get pattern to print correctly
    is it is pdf?
    Rene

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  51. Just love this idea. I’ve added it to NZ Ecochick’s homemade kiddies gifts ideas. I can’t wait to make one of these. Please check out this post on: http://www.nzecochick.com/2011/11/homemade-kiddies-gifts.html

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  52. Could someone please send me the pattern to this thank you
    Kimberlywo@Aol.com

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  53. I've just made a couple of these little guys for my niece's new son and her neighbour's new daughter - they're mighty cute! I've kitted some more to make as I have time - I'd love to have a stash of these on hand for last minute or unexpected gift giving :) I uploaded a photo to my blog but can't post it until the recipient receives them, as they're a surprise :)

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  54. Poo I can not get the pattern to open up.. if anyone would please take a moment to email my a copy I would appreciate it truly. mbrown0364@aol.com

    Thanks Bella

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  55. This is such a gorgeous wee cuddly for a baby! I made one, along with some other baby toys, and wrote about it on my blog: http://sweetembellishments.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/homemade-baby-toys/
    It was so easy to make and just so sweet! Thanks

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  56. is this owl pattern still available? i cannot open this ...it says "file not found".......
    cheryl.seymour@comcast.net

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  57. So cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial of Grosgrain Ribbon.

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  58. I liked your blog very well It's so good

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    Thank you

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  59. This is so cute. I want to make it so much. Would be great presents for babies. Can't wait to make some. Only thing is I can't get the pattern. Waiting for an email. Please can you email to beckyjswift@yahoo.com.au
    Thanks

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