Free Pattern: The Harvest Owl

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Decorate your home for fall with this charming wool applique owl. He’s perfect for a pillow, table runner, or wallhanging.

Gather your supplies:

Wool scraps in the following colors

  • Cream background
  • 3 Fall colors for leaves
  • Brown for limb
  • Beige for owl body
  • Dark accent for wings and horns
  • Dark brown for beak
  • Yellow, green, gold, and black for eyes

Download diagram here

Cutting Instructions:

Cut the background fabric to the desired size. The minimum for the pattern is 8″ x 10″ without seam allowances.

Applique – 

  • Trace the pattern pieces onto freezer paper. Be sure to add the parts that overlap.
  • Cut the pieces out leaving a border around all cutting lines.
  • Press the freezer paper to the front side of the wool scraps.
  • Cut out the owl pieces on the tracing line.

Let’s put this owl together:

Step 1 – Branch

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the branch on the background fabric.
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. Use your favorite embroidery stitch such as blanket or whip stitches.

Step 2 – Leaves

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the leaves on the background fabric overlapping the branch.
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. Add veins to the leaves with darker floss if desired.

Step 3 – Owl Body

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the owl body on the background fabric overlapping the branch.
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 

Step 4 – Owl Wings

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the wings on the owl body. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 

Step 5 – Owl Eyes

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the yellow outer circle for the eyes. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 
  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the green circle for the eyes. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 
  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the gold circle for the eyes. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 
  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the black centers for the eyes.
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 

Step 4 – Owl Beak

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the owl’s beak. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 

Step 4 – Owl Horns

  • Using the diagram as a guide, place the owl’s horns. 
  • Baste or glue in place.
  • Stitch in place with matching embroidery floss. 

Once finished with all the stitching, lay the piece face down on a towel and cover with another towel. Press quickly from the backside.

Trim the piece to the desired size for the finishing project.

Make into a pillow, wallhanging, table runner, or any other fun fall project you imagine!

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Helen Crew

Cute