Thursday, June 7, 2012

Owie Owl & Booboo Bear Tutorial



A while back my 3-year-old bumped his head pretty badly and I had to get an ice-pack to control the swelling. I went to the freezer to take out a bag of peas, but he started crying even more. He didn't like how cold and icy it was. My boy is a very sensitive child. So I decided to make an "ice-pack" for him that would be cute and distracting...and not so "icy". Booboo Bear has been a good pal in times of need. I made one for the school nurse as a thank-you gift as well. Owie Owl is a version I made for my niece. I think either one is great for a boy or girl! These are easy to whip up and make for cute little gifts. They are ice packs, but they can also be heated up in the microwave for use as a heat pack. (See below for a poem card to include if gifting these.)

Hope you enjoy the tutorials! (You can skip down if you just want to make Booboo Bear.)

*Please, for Personal Use Only...thanks!*


{Tutorial for Owie Owl}

Materials Needed:
  • Fabric
  • Felt scraps (for eyes/beak of owl)
  • Fusible web (i.e. Wonder Under)
  • Rice (short or medium grain)

1) Print out pattern. (Click HERE for PDF)



2) Cut out pattern. Trace eyes and beak onto fusible web. (Note: Trace "whites" and "blacks" of eyes separately.)



3) Trace pattern onto wrong side of fabric.



4) Trace onto right side of fabric as well. Make sure that the outlines match up. This is to ensure that we  place the eyes, beak and wings in the correct place.



5) Iron fusible web tracings of the eyes and beak onto the scrap felt pieces. Peal off backing of fusible web and iron onto the right side of fabric.



6) Zigzag stitch around eyes to secure in place.



7) I hand-sewed the beak to secure in place. You can also machine sew.



8) Zigzag stitch wings into place. (You can refer to the pattern to make sure you place them in the correct spot. They should stick out a tad beyond the traced outline of owl.)



9) With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew along traced line. (Note: I do this because I feel like it is easier than cutting outline first and then sewing a 1/4 inch seam allowance.) Make sure you leave a couple inches open at the bottom for flipping inside out and filling with the rice.



10) Cut excess fabric, leaving extra fabric near opening. (I find this helps with sewing opening closed)



11) Flip inside out. Fill with rice (don't overfill). Blind stitch the opening closed. And you're finished! :)


Owie Owl to the RESCUE~




Now for her partner....Booboo Bear...



{Tutorial for Booboo Bear}

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric (I used flannel)
  • Felt and fabric scraps (for eyes/nose/hands/feet/ears/tummy)
  • Embroidery thread for mouth
  • Fusible web (i.e. Wonder Under)
  • Rice (short or medium grain)


1) Print out pattern (Click HERE for PDF)



2) Cut out pattern. Trace eyes, nose, hands, feet, ears, tummy onto fusible web. (Note: I label them so I will know which is which later.)



3) Trace pattern onto front and back side of fabric. (I lift up to light to make sure the outlines are matching up.)



4) Iron the traced body parts onto fabric.



5) Cut out body parts, peel off backing of fusible web and iron onto fabric.




6) Zigzag stitch around body parts to secure in place. With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew along traced line...make sure to leave opening (I left the top of the head of bear open). 



7) Cut excess fabric. Flip inside out. Fill with rice (don't overfill). Blind stitch the opening closed. And you're finished! :)




***Print out little poem to include if you are giving this as a gift. (Click HERE for PDF)






Owie Owl and Booboo Bear are coming to the rescue~ :)






Happy Sewing!

21 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE these! I just got a sewing machine (christmas gift!)and this will be my first project! thanks for sharing!

    ps. I keep trying to post this comment but there is this add right on top of the thing I need to see to type the word in order to be able to post it!

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    1. Ok.. so I had to pretend I was uploading a pic so I could get some space to maybe see the words...I still couldn't. I was able to click on the audio button for it and after a couple of tries I got the robot-sounding number code right! My guess is that add is right on there always which is why there's no comments on this AMAZING tutorial. (Found it on Pinterest btw!)

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    2. Oh strange. Sorry it was so difficult to leave a comment! Thanks for all the effort and I'm glad you were successful~ :)

      Hope you have fun sewing. Let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to help in anyway.

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  2. These are absolutely adorable! I was happy to find your pattern and tutorial today! Would you mine if I used your pattern to sell these at a craft fair?

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you for asking for permission. I would ideally want people to use these patterns for personal use (for their own kids or as gifts to others). I would prefer that they not be sold (unless it's for charity or a good cause). I hope you understand. Please contact me if you have any questions. bubblesandbobbins@gmail.com

      Thanks!

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    2. Okay, no worries, I totally understand. Thank you!

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  3. I love these! I actually just finished my student teaching internship, and rather than use the owl for boo boos, it's going to make a great good-bye gift to my 3rd graders, telling them "Owl miss you." I'm not much of a seamstress, but I feel confident with this. Thanks for such a great project!

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    1. That is such a great idea! Hope they aren't that hard to make. Your students are very blessed! :)

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  4. These are SO so cute and the poem is great too. Thanks!

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  5. Today I made 3 Belgian nieces (or sisters?) for Owie Owl, it was a very clear tutorial, thanks!
    I stuffed Owie with pillow stuffing (this will probably not be the correct term for that...) and I added a little bell, so I can give it as a baby present. My daughter, who is already 17 months old now, enjoyed my trial version of yesterday as well :)

    You can find the pictures on my blog: woohoobydavina.blogspot.be
    Thanks again!

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  6. PS: Is there another way to follow your blog than by email?

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  7. Hi Jean these are so fabulous. I belong to a Moms organization and a few of us have been trying to come up with just the right pattern for a boo boo type bear we could meet at a crafting date to make and then donate to either or both our local fire department for use in ambulance or fire rescue And to give to the hospital for kids that have had to come in for emergencies. We would not be selling these but donating, its not personal use so I would like to confirm it would be ok before I share it with our group

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    1. Hi Laura, that is a fantastic idea! I am honored that you all will be using my pattern. You may absolutely use it for this purpose. Thank you for running it by me. I would love to see any photos from this project. :) bubblesandbobbins@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you so much for generously sharing this wonderful tutorial and pattern. I made ~10 owls to give to my toddler's friends as birthday party favors. She loves her owl (who lives in the freezer) and will ask for it every time she gets a boo boo.

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    1. You are very welcome! :) I am so glad these will help you daughter and her friends. Please send me a photo if you have one. I'd love to see the owls you made. bubblesandbobbins@gmail.com

      Thanks!

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    2. Sorry- I read this months later! I've posted a pic on my blog at the end of this post: http://onehotstove.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-second-birthday-celebration-matar.html

      Thanks again for the lovely tutorial!

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  9. My 8 year old daughter and I just completed her first sewing project using this owl template, we stuffed it instead of filling it with rice, but she is beyond thrilled! Thank you so much for such a cute project and sharing the plans with us. If I get ambitious is it ok to post pictures of our project on my little blog with links and credit back to you (credit where it's due ;))?

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    1. Oh that is so sweet! Would love to see your daughter's work. Thanks so much!

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  10. I have been looking for a pattern to make a "Keepsake Bear" for my new grandson from the outfit he came home from the hospital in. This is perfect! I will make 2, one as "Boo Boo Bear" and one as "Keepsake Bear". And "Owie Owl" as a spare.

    Thanks,
    Cynde

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    1. What a great idea! So glad you were able to make good use of this tutorial. Thank you!

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