Felt crafts like this owl ear bud case are easy to sew and can be made in an afternoon. Pick your inner animal and get crafting! I love a hobby like this that you can take anywhere and work on it when you have a few minutes here and there.
I’ll show you how to make the owl case as well as provide tips for creating other animal-themed felt pouches. For more on wool felt crafts, see DIY Wool Felt Phone Case.
Sew an Owl Ear Bud Case
Look for it at online Waldorf-inspired shops, Etsy, or Amazon. I use the thin stuff which is 1mm (1/16″) thick.
| Not synthetic or acrylic.
- Embroidery floss and yarn.
- Embroidery needle
This post on my DIY Wool Felt Phone Case provides more details about recommended supplies (and what to avoid).
Make Your Owl
The owl has 3 main pieces: the grey back, the white belly pouch, and the grey head (backed with white felt).
The head is only partially stitched on to form an open-able flap revealing the ear buds in the belly pouch.
If you want to make a similar owl, this is the basic pattern (below). I ended up going without wings but I’ll leave that executive decision to you.
Copy what I did or pick your own colors. If it looks good to you, it’s good! That’s the royal rule of creativity.
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A. Start with 3 sections.
1. Back of owl (grey) including body and head.
2. Head (grey front and white backing). Sew these 2 pieces together.
3. Pouch (white).
B. Complete each of the 3 sections before joining them together.
-add any decorative stitches you want to the back and pouch.
-attach the eyes, beak, and ear inserts to the head.
C. Stitch it all together.
-attach the pouch to the back by stitching around all sides of the pouch except the top (where the ear buds get inserted).
-attach the head by stitching across the top only.
Here’s a few tips.
- You can make any animal or theme you like (of course). The thing to keep in mind is, the wool felt is in solid colors and it’s easiest to work with fairly basic designs.
- To make the cardinal (bird) in the next photo, I converted a photo of a cardinal into black and white (using Photoshop Elements).
- I cut out the 3 pieces (red body, black piece, and yellow beak). Everything is sewn onto a piece of background felt. You could also make two and sew them together to make an ornament.
- Use clear quilting thread where you want invisible stitches.
And remember, there’s a whole range of things you can make including broaches, pillows, bookmarks, book covers, phone cases, wall hangings, toys and dolls….
I hope you’ll give it a try. Or dive into some other hobby that brings you the same kind of contentment.
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