My very good friend’s birthday was last week and I wanted to make her something special. I kept thinking and coming up with ideas for things that were okay, but nothing really stood out and spoke to me and said, “make me.” Finally 2 days before her birthday I had this idea, but no pattern or picture to go off of. We are both on an owl kick right now (well, mine is a kick, I think hers may last longer!) and I want to make all these owl things. I also have been thinking about and dreaming about and looking at trees. All trees are drawing my attention and captivating me – I have just been looking at their shapes and wanting to paint them on my walls and sew them and buy lots of paper with trees and sheets and it goes on and on. So I had this idea and had to actually make my own pattern! I am usually not a pattern maker, but this was fun and I enjoyed working on these “family trees.” I made one for myself at the same time. I decided to tell my friend, S, about the project before it was finished so that it would be something she would like, so the picture is what hers looked like when I gave it to her. She may add her family’s names or may just leave it like it is and I think her plan is to frame it. The little blue owl did have two wings, but apparently the glue didn’t like those fabrics, so it fell off. I am going to get her another one! It was a hit at their house even though it was almost a week late. I hope they, especially S, will enjoy it for years to come:)
S’s family tree, My family tree, close ups of the owls on my tree
So, here’s what I did:
I found a tree I liked; this happened to be an image I had saved of a Pottery Barn Kids wall decoration. I then drew a similar one free-hand on card stock and cut it out. I found some owls I liked in a kids book and redrew them as well. The book is Animal Things to Make and Do; I sell the Usborne Books, so let me know if you want one!! Then I picked out all the fabric that I wanted to use for the owls and background. I used some wool felt for the tree circles and a couple of fat quarters I bought a long time ago for the grass and sky and the trunk is some brown twill. The owls all used little scraps I had in my scrap box. I ironed all those onto some heat and bond lite and cut out the little pieces. The beaks are just sewn in a little spot and I’m hoping they won’t fray since this project isn’t meant to be played with. I used some white felt for the eyes and did french knots to hold them on. The trunk and grass are machine sewn and the tree circles are hand sewn with DMC Coton Perle. I finished mine in the way that I decided it would be cutest, although my embroidery on the names leaves a lot to be desired… I added some batting and ribbon tabs and backed it with some neat “recycling” fabric from Timeless Treasures. I am not sure yet where I will hang it, but I want to use a short curtain rod, dowel rod or towel bar.
My work is not perfect, which as a perfectionist is really funny to me, but I enjoy not being perfect in my sewing. For some reason it is the one thing I can just go with and enjoy. Other crafts make me want to do and redo until it is perfect, but sewing is just fun for me. I hope you enjoy my little Owl Family Tree. I sure enjoyed making it. If anyone wants me to make up a pattern I might be able to try my hand at it. We’ll see if there is interest.
Have a blessed day!