I’m taking part once again in the Dia de los muertos blog tour hosted by Melissa of Rebel and Malice.
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This is such a fun tour. I love learning about different cultures and I love seeing how the different bloggers on the tour interpreted Dia de los Muertos along the way.
Even though this is my second time on this tour, (you can see what I did last year here) I still get that slightly awkward feeling about taking part as I have no Latino heritage. Melissa explains really well in her intro though about why she includes people who come from different backgrounds in the tour. I appreciate so much that Melissa has been very encouraging of including me (and others) in the tour as I really do love the idea of celebrating the people in our lives who have passed away rather than being always so hush hush about death. It just seems like a much healthier way to deal with grief.
Anyway, I love how decorative calaveras are, and I love love love owls (why I don’t put more in my sewing I couldn’t tell you) so I designed a calavera owl!
Isn’t she pretty!
You can download her in PDF format from my Craftsy shop here*. It’s free to download, I find it easier to upload it there since if I make any modifications then Craftsy will send you an email automatically.
You can use the owl as a colouring page or use it to sew up a feltie! I printed it out at 60% and sewed up this little owl. Finished size is about 3.5″ x 3.5″. As you can see, it’s not quite finished. I still need to add a little embroidery detail on the wings, and the little leaf shapes around the outside of the wings. I spent so much time working on the design trying to get it the way I wanted, that it left me with very little time to actually sew the owl up!
I don’t have a full tutorial for you today but here are the supplies needed:
- Wool blend felt in various colours. Cut out two pieces for the body.
- Fabric glue (it’s easier with the tiny pieces, those feet are like less than half an inch tall when printed at 60%)
- Satin scraps to make the flowers like that, or make flowers out of felt.
- Freezer paper (for cutting out the shapes)
- DMC embroidery thread
- Polyfil if you want to make it puffy