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Friday Fun- Mr Toot Tutorial

September 17, 2010

The weekend is almost upon us, so no better time for a softie project. This little fellow will be going back to Brisbane for the arrival of my friends baby. Apparently in ancient Greek mythology, owls are a sign of good fortune, which I wish lots of for their new family. 

The first variation of this project was inspired by the left over babies clothes used to make a memory quilt, and I started with using the feet of a jump suit as wings. So this project could be adapted to up-cycle littlie’s clothing that might be a little stained etc you can’t part with.


– Roughly 1/2 a fat quarter for owl body (front and back)

-Scraps for body features (i.e. eyes, feathers, body stripes and beak)

 This version has been made with cotton fabric. However, if you plan to use a stretch fabric (as I did originally, to use the remnants of baby clothes from a memory quilt), use a light fusible interfacing to the front body to stabilise when adding the body features.

 – Roughly 1 A4 sheet sized piece of fusible webbing (e.g. applifix, wonder under, vlisofix)

To print pattern, right click and save to computer. Print from saved version on computer. 


(please note a 1/4 inch seam included for all pieces)

– 2 bodies. If using different material for front and back, lay front and back body material together, with right sides facing before cutting.

 – 4 wings

 – 4 feet

 – 3 body stripes

Make the feet:

 1. Place feet right sides together and stitch from one side of the foot to the other (leave base open for turning).

 2. Carefully clip edges to roughly 2mm away from seam.

 3. Turn right side out and press

 4. Repeat steps 1-3 for second foot.

Make the wings:

1. Place wings with right sides facing, and stitch around the curved edge.

2. Clip edges up to seam on curved edge.

3. Turn right side out, and press.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for second wing.

 Prepare the body stripes:

 1. Find  centre of body stripe by folding in half and pressing with iron.

2. Fold the outer edge of the stripe towards the middle and press into place. This way, the edge of the body stripes will be turned, avoiding a raw edge. Fusible webbing will later be added to the back of these stripes.


3. Prepare remaining two stripes as per steps 1-2.

Make Mr Toot’s features:

1. Trace onto the paper side of fusible webbing:

– 9 feathers

– 1 beak

– 2 inner eyes

-2 outer eyes

-3 body stripes

2. Cut traced shapes on fusible webbing, leaving about 1/4 of an inch around each shape (this helps to ‘seal’ the edges once cut), EXCEPT for the body stripes, which can be cut directly on the line. 

3. Place the ‘webbing’ side of each shape face down on the wrong side of chosen fabric for each feature.  Also add the strips of fusible webbing to the back of the pre-prepared body stripes. (I like to do this step while standing at the ironing board to make the process quicker.)

Use a moderate iron and press gently over the paper side of each shape, to fuse the webbing to the fabric.

4. Cut shapes out along their traced outline using a pair of small sharp scissors. Peel the paper backing off the fabric. (If using slightly less robust fusible webbing, like vlisofix, you can gently score the paper on the back of each shape to release to avoid damaging the edges).

6. Arrange Mr Toot’s features on front body as per picture. Tuck the top of the feathers under the body stripe by roughly 1/4 of an inch. Gently press each shape to fuse to the fabric with the iron. (I also like to do this at the ironing board, to avoid hassle of pinning things down to transfer).

7. Trim body stripes to edge of body

 7. The quickest method of securing Mr Toot’s features is to use free motion stitching around the edge of each shape.

Alternatively, you may wish to use different embroidery stitches for some extra pizzaz, and use contrasting thread colors. In the original, I used chain stitch for the outer eyes, and blanket stitch for the inner eyes, beak and feathers. I straight stitched the edge of each body stripe with the machine.

 Put it all together….

1.Lay wings and feet on front of body in desired position, roughly lining up with edge of body. Stay- stitch in place either by hand or using the longest stitch length on your machine.

 3. Lay front of owl on back of owl with right sides facing. Pin together

 4. Stitch together, starting at beginning of turning space as indicated on pattern piece for body.

 5. Clip to seam edges around ears and corners for base of body. Turn right side out and press.

 6. Stuff . Hand stitch close using a small whip stitch.


Happy stitching



5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 2:07 pm

    LOVE this – thanks for finding my blog so I could find yours!

  2. September 18, 2010 8:33 am

    Well Mr Hoot is very adorable. I may have to make him myself.

    • September 18, 2010 10:24 am

      thanks michelle- let us know how it goes!! any feedback would be much appreciated!

  3. September 18, 2010 11:20 am

    Very clever work, Mrs Sippity! He’s a beautiful fellow.

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