Have you got a project idea stored away that you would love to make, but just have no good reason to do so? This was mine.
Ahh the tempting beauty of Pinterest! These little owls flashed up on my homepage some time ago and I thought they were so clever. I just couldn't find a genuine reason to make them until now.
My daughter has been talking non-stop about the new reading corner that her class are making at school. The theme is all about Day & Night and one of the books they are reading is The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark. Such a cute read.
I know they have a tree and a picnic rug and some flowers. So I thought, YES!, I can whip up some owl bunting and everyone will be happy. Mainly me!
I rooted through my scraps to make the owls up and stuck to a theme of pink, purple, brown and green.
Surprisingly, my button tub produced enough pairs to make eight sets of eyes, all in the right colours.
The contrast chest pieces are all felt to make it quicker to sew, and to make them more tactile for the children. I don't keep an enormous amount of felt in stock and some of the pieces I had are nasty, cheap felt squares. I did find some wool felt in amongst the piles and the difference to touch is so obvious. The decent stuff feels wonderful and not like the scouring pad I use for my pots and pans. I'm no felt expert but I think you get what you pay for!
For the hanging tape, I couldn't find anything appropriate in colour so I used a dark brown knotted belt that my mum gave me. I untied it all and re-plaited the cords using two strips of cord per strip. The dark brown is just what I wanted because it looks more earthy.
Did I waste an entire day making this garland up? Yes. Am I glad I finally got to make some cute little owls? Absolutely. That makes it well worth the effort in my book!