Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Days of Ornaments - Day 2!

Hi all! Welcome to day 2 of my 12 Days of Ornaments. I hope you enjoyed yesterday's creation! If you missed it, you can find a full tutorial HERE.

I must confess, I am just a bit (a lot!) in love with my ornament today. I used Karen Burniston's Poppy the Owl die to recreate an ornament I'd seen while I was out shopping. He's a bit smaller than the inspiration owls, but just as cute!

Here are the chubby little owls that inspired my ornament frenzy! I have no idea why they have pom poms on their feather points, but I was like, why not? :) Read on to see how I put mine together:

Begin by cutting two owls from linen fabric using the solid die, and two using the detail die (my dies are reversed in the pic). I had no problem cutting through the fabric when I used a thin shim made from metal flashing. If you have a metal adapter plate for your machine, you can use that. I also tried with just a cardstock shim and that worked as well (make sure your sandwich is the correct size - I don't want anyone's machine to blow up!). Remove the eye sections from the burlap and snip out the wings.

Next, stamp the front owl piece with Tim Holtz's sparkle stamp using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Sandwich the two body pieces together and top stitch all around the top and sides, leaving the bottom open. Stuff the body and top stitch the bottom closed.

To finish your owl, stitch black buttons to the burlap eyes and glue to the body. Glue the wings down as well. Die cut the beak from felt using the detail die and adhere. Glue two pom poms to the points as shown. Finally, stitch on a jute hanger.

So darn cute! If you want to keep the fraying from getting out of hand, you can use a product like Fray-Check, or do what I did - dab a bit of glue on the edges. The burlap is a little tricky so I do recommend using a spot of glue to keep it from completely unraveling. If you aren't a seamstress, or don't want to drag out your sewing machine, you could definitely just glue the whole thing together with fabric glue. Easy peasy!

I hope you enjoyed my wee owl ornament. All the supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs (Poppy die) and Inspiration Emporium. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to save 10% on your order.

Day 1 Tutorial
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Here is another link to yesterday's ornament. I'll see you tomorrow for another fun project!


  1. OH Shelly this owl is so cute! I have to say the pompoms are his crowning glory- perfect!

  2. This is the sweetest! I love owls. Great idea using the dies to make them. Love this.

  3. He is adorable! Can't wait to see what else you make.

  4. My mum would have loved one of these, she was nuts about owls! If I get time I shall make one to remember her on my tree.


  5. Seriously absolutely FABULOUS!!!! It's ornament 2 but already I'm hooked and can't wait for the next one. So pinning these ideas.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

  6. AAAAAAAAAAADORABLE!!!!! LOVE Him....You rock!!!!

  7. OMGoodness! I love this one Shelly, I need to make one of these, so fab!!

  8. Totally Darling, Shelly!! I'm not much of a sewer, but the ease of which you put this together--I could do this :) Thank you so much for sharing!! XOXO-Shari

  9. Shelly! Somehow, it's been YEARS and I lost track of you! But I have found you again and your work/art is just gorgeous as always! You've definitely stepped things up a bit! I love your ornaments, especially the deer and house! But I'm an owl lover and this little guy is just the cutest ever! Just simply adorable! You soooo inspire me still! Always, Ret.


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