Scarf Re-Purpose: Stuffed Owl

First of all, I had an excellent time meeting some of you last night at the Recessionista party. I had some of the sweetest conversations. Thank you. I wanted to take you all home in my pocket……but I settled from some really excellent Recessionista loot. Wow…..such beautiful things.

Anyway, this is the final project of the scarf re-purposing series. (Part I, Part II, and Part III) And I have finally used up my stash. Perfect.

This Wise ‘Ol Owl is made using the leftover scarf from this project.

And he just happens to be my little guy’s new buddy.
Perfect for squeezing!

First, sketch some sort of owl shape and cut out from two layers of your scarf. (Or use fleece, cotton, or any material……this doesn’t have to be from a scarf.)

Then sew along edges with right sides together, leaving the bottom section open.

Then stuff with batting…

And then sew closed using a hand-stitch method from here.

Now, cut out your eye shapes…

And your wing shapes…

And then hand stitch to the front of your owl. (and cut out a beak too…..I forgot that one in the earlier pictures.)

(I pinned the wings to the front to help keep them in place.)

And that’s it……a cuddly new friend for anyone to enjoy.

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38 Responses to “Scarf Re-Purpose: Stuffed Owl”
  1. 1
    Erika says:

    I love this little guy! I'm going to have to make one, thanks for the great tutorial!

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    Anita says:

    Your blog has become one of my favorites and I look forward to each entry! Thank you

  3. 3
    Julie says:

    love it. i made an owl recently like that only i never thought to use a recycled sweater, that looks so great! thanks for the tip.

  4. 4
    Tiffany says:

    That is so cute! I love owls!

  5. 5
    TERRi :) says:

    Too cute!

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    Danielle says:

    I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. 7
    Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster says:

    This is great. I love owls.

  8. 8
    Kelly says:

    so glad to find this blog. What great projects. Thanks for going public.

  9. 9
    Vanessa says:


  10. 10
    evan-emily-lincoln says:

    This is so darling! I can't wait to make one!

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    Jennifer says:

    OMG!! I love him!! I have a serious obsession with owls and I think I'm going to have to go out tomorrow to get some fabric to make this lil guy!!
    Love it and thanks for the tutorial!

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    Resweater says:

    I love him! :)

  13. 13
    *~McGarys~* says:

    I was wondering if you had an easy Idea for making Stockings:)?

  14. 14
    Cheryl G. says:

    Very cute!

  15. 15
    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    It would be truly impossible for me not to feature this!!! Thanks so much Ashley!

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    Jenglamgirl says:

    He is OWL so' CUTE! love him, and your little guy too!

  17. 17
    casserole says:

    Ashley, I'm out of town and don't have access to email, but I wanted to let you know that I linked to this tutorial on Craft Gossip:


  18. 18
    BlueRose says:

    He is a cutie for sure! Thanks

  19. 19
    Rachel says:

    That is just too stinking cute!! Thanks for the TuT!


  20. 20
    Micah says:

    Okay, wow!!!! this is amazing…thanks for sharing:)

  21. 21
    [email protected] says:

    Aww, he is so cute! And I love how easy-yay! Thanks so much, I'll be linking to this little guy.

  22. 22
    Angela says:

    That is so cute!!!

  23. 23
    Genevieve says:

    that is adorable- i love the idea!! and it was so nice to meet you and get to chat a bit the other night. thanks for the awesome blog and inspiring me to develop my basic sewing skills!! :)

  24. 24
    Angie says:

    Any baby would love that! THank you for sharing the idea…I may make it for my little one!

  25. 25
    Ashley says:

    Genevieve, same to you. I seriously enjoyed chatting. And thanks for the airforce advice! :)

  26. 26
    Ashley says:

    Mcgary's……I'll have to think up an easy tutorial for stockings. They definitely are pretty simple to make. I'll try and squeeze that in before we leave.

  27. 27
    Andy Porter says:

    Thanks so much for this fun idea and great tutorial! I was able to make all 5 kids a little owl for about $7!! Gotta love it!! Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be posting my little owls on tuesday and of course I'll be passing credit your way. Thanks again!
    ~Andy @

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    Patte-mon says:

    Hi, I linked to this tutorial on Handcraft tutorials


  29. 29
    kitty gardens says:

    I had a go at making the owl!
    Really lovely idea as always!

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    Crazypatch says:

    so cute. I love Owl ;
    Then I put the link with the design on my blog dedicated to owls, thank you;

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    Ro Archela says:


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    Mercy's Creation says:

    this is so stinkin' cute! What a great idea! I was wondering if you used wool felt or if it's the "regular" kind. How did it wear after a while? I could use fleece for the wings etc if I don't have felt, right?

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    Nisha says:

    This looks easy enough! I’m making over my playroom – trees, owls, birds, etc. This is perfect!

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    cleidimar says:

    adorei seu artesanato,espero que voce me intenda ,por que naõ falo nada em ingles,um grande abraço .cleidimar ,moro no rio de janeiro

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    rita says:

    would have bee alot nicer to have a pattern for the shape of the owl, the eyes and the wings…