NOTE: Mama Owl is 6 1/2" from top of ear tufts to base of body; Baby Owl is 4 1/2".
1. Paint the dowel rods a coordinating color and set aside to dry.
2. Download the Owl Patterns. Cut out the pieces from the felt as directed on the pattern. Refer to the composite drawing throughout the assembly process for how the pieces fit together. Both owls are assembled identically.
3. Back stitch the top edge of the terra cotta feathers to one of the body pieces using 6 ply embroidery thread. Overlap the circles slightly.
4. Back stitch the outside edge of the wing pieces along the outside edge of the body using 6 ply embroidery thread.
5. Back stitch the beak to the body using 6 ply embroidery thread.
6. For the eyes, determine if you want the owls looking straight ahead or to the left or right. (Perhaps Mama and Baby could be looking at each other!) Attach a black eyeball piece to a white eye piece using a 6 ply French knot; repeat for the other eye. Applique the white eye pieces to the dark sage face piece using 1 ply embroidery thread. Applique the face to the body using 1 ply embroidery thread.
7. Form three loops about 1" long using the variegated green yarn for each tuft and tack in place on the back side of the body front with 1 ply of embroidery thread.
8. Making sure to leave an opening at the bottom of the owl for the dowel rod, whip stitch the front and back body pieces together using 1 ply of embroidery thread, stuffing as you go.
9. To form the loops at the base of each owl, cut a 1/2" x 2" strip of terra cotta felt for the Baby Owl and a 1/2" x 3" strip for the Mama Owl. Using one yarn at a time, tack 3-4" loops with 1 ply of embroidery thread across the length of the strip layering each yarn on top of the last.
10. Using the hot glue gun, attach the felt strip to the dowel rod by rolling and gluing, leaving about 1 1/2" of the rod above the strip.
11. Put a dab of hot glue on the top of the dowel rod and insert it in the opening in the bottom of the owl.