My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Mothers Day – Owl Keep it


Mothers Day is fast approaching, and last week I created a wonderful sewing caddy for the mothers in my life.  My husband and I are blessed with many mothers, there are our wonderful mothers Lyn and Jean, Edwards oldest sister Annette who is like a grandmother to the kids, and two fantastic women Rita and Lyn who adopted and mothered me when I moved to Melbourne many years ago.  We want to acknowledge all of these wonderful people in our lives, and thankfully they are all stitchers, so the Owl Keep It is the perfect gift.

This gorgeous stuffed owl will brighten up any stitchers room, whilst at the same time keeping all of your notions handy. Use the wings to hold machine needles and hand needles, the stuffed body is a pin cushion, and the three pockets are perfect for scissors, unpick, or any other notion you need. The owl stands up all by itself, with the help of the thread storage on its back.   I have used a range of layer cake fabrics to make my owls, but you could just as easily select fabrics from your stash.


4 pieces of co-ordinating fabric from a layer cake, or 4 x 10” squares of co-ordinating fabric
Small scraps of fabric for the owl face and eyes.
10” square of felt for the wings
Tear away stabiliser
Owl Keep it embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs
Embroidery threads to match your fabrics
20cm x15mm elastic
Sewing thread to match your fabrics
Hand sewing needle
Polyester Fibre Fill (toy stuffing), for stuffing owl.


The “Owl Keep it” – embroidery designs come in 4 different sizes, making it perfect for ALL embroidery machines.


  1. The “Owl Keep It” embroidery design kit come with 3 separate designs. The owl back, owl front, and owl wings.
  2. Begin your owl by creating the wings. Hoop stabiliser, and load the wing design into your machine. Stitch out the wing outline, and then lay the felt and wing fabric (with right sides together), on top of the outline. Stitch out the last colour change.
  3. Remove wing from the hoop, take away the excess stabiliser, and trim. Turn the wing right side out, and press.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second wing.
  5. Create the owl back. Hoop stabiliser and stitch the outline onto the stabiliser. Lay the back fabric on top of the stabiliser, line up the elastic with the first line of stitching, and working one panel at a time, stitch down the elastic, leaving a loop in each panel.
  6. Remove the owl back from the embroidery hoop, take away all of the excess stabiliser, and press. Set aside.
  7. Create the owl. Hoop stabiliser and stitch the following colour changes.
    1. Stitch the owl outline onto the stabiliser.
    2. Lay the main fabric piece down on top of the outline (ensuring all edges are covered), and stitch out the second colour change to secure.
    3. Stitch the outline for the owl face.
    4. Lay the owl face fabric down on top of the outline, and stitch. Trim away excess fabric.
    5. Stitch the satin stitch to complete the applique.
    6. Stitch the outline for the eye
    7. Lay the owl eye fabric down on top of the outline, and stitch. Trim away excess fabric.
    8. Stitch the outline for the second eye
    9. Lay the owl eye fabric down on top of the outline, and stitch. Trim away excess fabric.
    10. Stitch out the eye iris and lashes (I use a dark brown thread)
    11. Change to thread to match the eye, and complete the satin stitch on the eyes.
    12. Change thread for the nose. Stitch.
    13. Stitch the outline for where the pockets will go.
    14. Take your last piece of fabric, and press in half.   Lay the pocket piece over the outline, and stitch the pockets into place.
    15. Take your wings and lay out over the owl.
    16. With right side down, lay the owl back piece over the top of the embroidery. Hold gently and stitch to complete stitching on owl.
      IMG_2465 At this stage, if your stitching is not totally tight, use your sewing machine to re-stitch around the outside of the owl.
  8. Remove the owl from the hoop, and trim around 6mm from the edges. Clip all seams.
  9. Turn the owl out, and press with a warm iron.
  10. Take the fibre fill, and fill the owl firmly.

Pin and hand stitch the bottom of the owl to complete.

owlclosed owlopen2 owlside

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