Thursday, December 29, 2011

Comfort and JOY with Bea and her Tutorial for Owl Pot holders ( 2 guests today, tomorrow New Years EVE)

sorry that BEA deleted her photos in error..
a PDF file of the pattern...
thanks Be a

I'm so excited that Madame Samm allowed me to host this tutorial here.
I've been quilting for 7 1/2 years and long arm quilting since 2009.
You'll learn more about me here and follow my blog too if you want :-)

So, how would you like to make these cute owl pot holders?
They are a HOOT to make.

They measure approx. 7" when done.
I just use scraps, but often use at least 1 FQ for the body or you can use scraps for that too.
I also used my GO! cutter and circle die for this but you can cut out circles yourself instead.
You will also need Heat N bond and batting.
(If you are intending to use them as ot pats too, I recommend special heat resistant batting also)

First cut out (4) 7 1/2" squares from a fat quarter.

For wings cut out 5 1/2" x 11"
For Eyes (whatever matching color) cut out (2x) 3 1/2" x 7"
For the iris of the eyes (white) cut out  (2x) 2 1/2" x 5"
For the Pupils (black) cut out 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Beak 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Cut out the same in Heat n Bond but them everything about 1/4" smaller
and iron to the back of fabrics

I used my Go! cutter and the wing fabric I cut out (2x) of the large 5" circles.
The outer eyes (4x) of the middle 3" circles.
And the white of the eyes (4x) of the smallest 2" circles
(or trace or print out circles and trace that way if you don't have a GO! cutter)
The beak I used a 3" square die, but you can just as easily cut that out with your rotary cutter

With the black pupils of the eyes I used a small spool or a bobbin to trace and cut them out by hand

Here's all the pieces cut

I cut the NOSE square in half at an angle, or you can cut it into more of a diamond shape if you want

The wing circles I cut in half too, I line them up on the grid of the mat and had 2 1/2" on either side of the middle line and cut them in half (both of them)

Now it's time to iron them on!
I line up one wing, maybe 1/2" from the bottom edge of the owl body, removed the paper and ironed with a hot dry iron
then I laid the other owl body next to it and laid the wing so it matched the other side and ironed that again

You can also lay then on top of each other to match up where the rest of the wings are placed and remove the top one before you iron.

Now both are ironed down

Then I placed down the beak in the center and made sure it was straight, WITHOUT ironing.
Then placed the large outer eyes on top, one overlaps the other

when I was happy with the look I ironed them down

Then added the white and black of the eyes, I like to have them look in different directions :-)

Now it's time to cut the handles!
from left over scraps ( this time the FQ scraps) I cute (2x) 2" x 6" strips

ironed them in half

and then opened them up and ironed the raw edged in toward the crease

I stitched down the side close to the edge ( less than 1/4") and then put them aside

I then button hole stitched the owls with black thread, I like to turn when the needle is down, this way things don't slip around.

here they are both done

I cut out batting in both regular batting and heat resistant batting.
All 4 are 7 1/2" squares

first I laid down the heat resistant batting

then the regular batting

then the back of the owls with the top center marked with a pin

I added the handle and have the seam on the inside and pinned on either side of the pin marker

lastly the owl fron with wrong side up

I then pinned everything down really well, leaving a 4-5" opening at the bottom, I like to pin two pins right next to each other to remind me of where to start and stop

I attached my walking foot to the sewing machine

and sewed 1/4" all the way around ( if it's a little bigger seam allowance that's okay too)
I snipped the corners before turning inside out

I used this wooden stick that came with a bag of fiber fill, that's a great tool for getting the corners

I pinned the bottom closed and stitched close to the edge all the way around both pot holders

aren't they cute??
I gave these away already for Christmas, but this black and white set is cute for New years too!

Another set I made a while ago, using bobbins for irises.

If you make any of these sets, I'd love to see pictures of them, please send me an email or link on my blog!
Thanks for looking and


  1. these are awesome... thanks

  2. These really are a HOOT!! Just so cute I would hate to use them and get dirty. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Too cute!!! I need to shop for some Insul-Brite and make a set of these to have on hand for gift giving since Owls are such a popular theme. Good tutorial and very creative. Thanks
    Warm Blessings
    Gmama Jane

  4. I never knew pot holders could be so beautiful! These should be hung as art! So pretty...thanks for sharing this...I can see I will need to go shopping for supplies!

  5. this is so beautiful. My resolution for the year is to begin my christmas gift in january... i'll begin with that one! thank's

  6. They are darling! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  7. Cute, cute, cute. Great tutorial! Thanks.

  8. These owls are adorable. I think I may use them to make throw pillows. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Good Morning BEA...you are sew wise to provide us with such a clear and perfect tut....I will most certainly be making these...

  10. Really, really cute! I love this idea and I need to make a couple of gifts so this will be added to my January list. blessings, marlene

  11. these are so adorable! Great job!

  12. Such adorable pot holders! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  13. hahaha...your owls with their big ole watching-it-all eyes are so, so cute!

  14. These are so cute! Love those eyes!

  15. These are just too cute and the instructions are wonderful. Thanks so much!!!

  16. very VERY cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love OWLS!!!
    Thanks for the great tutorial, Bea. I am already a follower of your blog. :) Sandy.

  18. These are SUPER CUTE!!! I have got to make these. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us.

  19. Such fun pot holders. They would be sew cute hanging by the oven. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I am usually not into Owls but those are absolutely adorable!

  21. Hvor er de bare søde, de ser nemme ud. Det er en fornem tutorial, du har lagt ud. Den vil jeg da straks videregive.

    They are absolutely cute and look easy to make. I will rush to tell about the tutorial.


  22. These are wonderful!! I have several owl lovers in my family -- I see a couple of sets of these in my sewing future! :)

  23. Love your pot holders! Thanks for sharing. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year.

  24. These are freakin' cute! I bet this pattern would look great on a pillow or even on quilt blocks. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to have to try this.


  25. Thanks for sharing...I have linked to you on Freebies for Crafters.
    Hugs Khris

  26. Wonderfull owls - I love owls so much. Thanks.
    A happy new year from Kirsten in Denmark.

  27. These are absolutely adorable!

  28. By coincidence I was thinking I needed new pot holders in my kitchen. These will be perfect! Can't wait to make them!!

  29. Hvor er de bare kære, bare det var på dansk, kunne du ikke skrive det under den engelske takst..... Godt nytår......knus Inge

  30. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  31. fabulous, thank you for the tutorial. Followed the Make It on Monday Linky to your post.

  32. Merci pour ce joli modèle, j'adore les chouettes.

  33. Really cool! Thanks for the tute!

  34. Fantastic tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Thank you so much for the tutorial! My grandaughter and I had a couple of fun afternoons making potholders! I can see pillows, or sweet little bags from this cute owl too! I blogged about it and included a link to your blog.

  36. Hi Sharon, Linda, and Dawn: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, a new GF friend. I wanted to let you know that I used this tutorial and posted about it. So cute! Thanks for sharing.
    Here's the link: http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/2012/04/match-set.html

    1. I'm really excited to try this, but none of the pictures are showing. I'm thinking this could be tricky, but worth a shot. Hoping to make as gifts!

    2. Excited to try this project, but none of the pictures are able to be viewed :( I'm hoping to give them as a gift so fingers are crossed! Love the owl theme!!! Thanks for sharing :-)

    3. I know ladies thank you for bringing this to my attention, I have contacted bea ....we did not delete her photos, she may have --trying to have more space for new projects, but I am guessing...hopefully I will be able to share more very soon

  37. I can see from the comments that the potholders are fantastic, but something happened to the pictures so I can't see them :-( Hugs Ullis in Sweden


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