Sunday, 17 July 2011

Introducing my Owly Purses!

Last weekend my friend Kate asked me if I could make an owl purse for her fellow brownie leader as she wanted one to keep keys in for her brownie group.  This got the old brain in gear and I was very soon coming up with ideas, looking at pictures of all the different species of owl and the differences between them.
Tawny Owl Purses
 I found some pictures of owls on the internet and went with the tawny owl first as I loved its little beardy face and the oval shape lent itself to this style of purse.  I designed the owl face, cut the pieces from felt and then used fabric and a zip to make it into a cute little purse.
Original Tawny Owl
This was my prototype attempt which I am pretty pleased with.  I went with natural colours (which I have now run out of) and used this zipper lined purse tutorial which I have used before.  I wasn't sure if it would work with an oval purse, but thought I would try it and it worked!  This stitching on the zip is not quite up to scratch but I am getting better as I go on.
Blue Tawny Owl
I wanted to make this particular owl pattern again to test it out and to try and refine my late night zip sewing.  The colours are a little more intense than shown, I don't really know which one I like best, I like the different feels.
Both are backed with sturdy black cotton and have a pretty cotton lining.  I am a little worried about the lining catching in the zip but it doesn't seem to be too bad. I have been thinking about using patterned fabric and buttons but that might be a later development.  I am also going to look at different kinds of owls and will do some different designs.  I am hoping that by the end of next month I can try out my first craft fair so for now I am building up my stock.  Due to interest in these purses they are now in my shop :)  If anyone has any suggestions then I am happy to hear them :)


  1. Oh my goodness, there are so very cute!!!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, what a wonderful job you have done

  3. These are so adorable. Love the pattern and all the little details. Both colours are great.

  4. Those little owl purses are really adorable. You did a great job designing and sewing them.

  5. These are so cute!!! Would you consider selling your pattern? Just for personal use, of course.

  6. At the moment I am not planning on sharing the pattern as I am still developing it myself but perhaps in the future.

  7. Very beautiful! This purse is so funny ....