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Topic: TUTORIAL: Hoot! Owl Snap-on Scarflette  (Read 7026 times)
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« on: December 12, 2008 01:58:14 PM »

As promised, I'm finally writing a tutorial for the kids Owl Snap-on Scarflette that I entered into challenge #33. After struggling with Illustrator for the past two hours, I think it will be pretty clear and easy to read (though I realize it would've been much faster if I had just scanned in the original drawings). Anyways, here goes!


Materials used:
* less than 1/4 yard boiled wool (with some stretch)
* small scraps of wool felt- 3 different colors
* matching thread for all 4 colors, plus black for eyes
* sew-on snap (2cm diameter is best)

Vegan alternative:
* less than 1/4 yard polyester fleece (with some stretch- not too much!)
* small scraps of poly felt- 3 different colors
* matching thread for all 4 colors, plus black for eyes
* sew-on snap (2cm diameter is best)

If you get nice boiled wool it shouldn't be too itchy, but for sensitive necks, fleece is a nice alternative.
Alright! Here are the steps:

1. Cut out the base for the scarflette. Mine was made for kids ages 6-10, so I made it 48 cm by 10 cm, but for smaller/larger kiddos, just measure his/her neck circumference and add 10 cm for the overlap. To get a nice curve you can trace the bottom of a big mug, or just wing it like me (and re-cut it a few times till it looks right Wink )


* The length/width ratios are to scale in all of the images, but they're not actual size. You can enlarge them to the exact measurements, but I'm not sure what percentage you'd have to enlarge them to.

2. Cut out the owl, his tender heart belly, and triangle nose.


3. Pin the heart and the nose where you want them, then hand-sew them on with matching (or not) thread. Use black or another dark color to make the eyes. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make a dotted line in Illustrator, so the green is where the stitches would be... except for the eyes; they looked a little creepy in green.


4. Overlap the ends of the scarflette to where you just can't see the bottom curve begin, then position the snap in between and sew it on in! Make sure the snap far enough from the edge that you can fit the owl over it later. Again, I couldn't make a dotted line (if any of you know a simple way, please clue me in), so the purple lines are the parts that aren't visible. Fig. 1 shows the positioning head on, and fig. 2 is the side view (or "snap sandwich").


5. For the final step, sew the owl onto the front right over the snap, and voila! You're done Smiley Now just go snap it on a kid (who will then love you forever).


« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2008 02:22:55 PM »

that is too freakin cute!  Great colors... excellent finished piece!
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2008 03:46:42 PM »

Oh thank you so much for posting this!  I would love to make one!  I appreciate the tute.
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2008 11:51:35 PM »

aww gorgeous! thanks for the tute

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2008 07:38:01 AM »

It's e great idea
thank you
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2008 01:28:05 PM »

Thanks! This was really fun making my first tutorial. More to come...

« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008 08:33:25 AM »

I *heart* owls so much! I have to make this for J. (And maybe an adult sized one for myself, lol! Roll Eyes)
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2008 02:13:07 PM »

I love that ,thank you for sharing!
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009 04:26:56 PM »

Cute cute, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2009 04:40:35 PM »

* less than 1/4 yard polyester fleece (with some stretch- not too much!)

My dd never wears her scarves - too big/long/bulky/tangly - so I'll probably try this for her - I'll just use the scarves she already has as fodder.  I'll use the fleece, which are all very stretchy - but layer it in two layers with the stretch going perpendicular on the layers (to overall reduce the stretchiness).  She says her wool ones are too scratchy, but I could make these and line them with something non-scratchy.
Thanks for the great idea!
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