Owl Tea Cosy

Project #16027

Make a wise creative choice. Follow the directions below (no need to wing it) and explore a timeless idea worth hooting about.

Fabric Requirements:

YardageFabricCutting Instructions
35cm squareMustard cottonCut (1) 35cm x 22cm for the tea cozy back
Cut (1) 35cm x 13cm for the tea cozy front
55cm x 45cmPlum cottonCut (2) 35cm x 22cm for the tea cozy lining
Cut (5) 35cm x 3.2cm feather strips
Cut (1) 7cm x 4cm rectangle for loop
115cm x 25cmMulti-colored patterned cottonCut (76) 2" Circles for feathers
2cm squarePink cottonHand cut (1) small triangle for the beak*
8cm x 16cmTurquoise cottonCut (2) 1 1/4" Circles for eyes*
50cm x 35cmWadding
1 packageLightweight fusible adhesive


  • Finished Size: 32cm x 22cm
  • All seams allowances are 6mm unless noted.
  • Read all instructions before starting the project.
  • * = Adhere fusible adhesive to back of fabric before die-cutting the shapes.

Assembling the Project:

  1. Stitch two 2" circles, right sides together, leaving a 2cm opening.
  2. Snip the seam allowance and turn right side out.
  3. Smooth the edge of the circle and press flat.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3, repeating 37 times to make a total of 38 'feathers'.
  5. Pin 9 'feathers' to a plum strip so that the edge of the circle is 6mm from the bottom raw edge. Stitch in place 3mm from the top edge of the strip. Trim the circles to match the strip edge. Repeat once.
  6. Pin 10 'feathers' to a plum fabric strip, making sure that first and last 'feathers' overlap the ends of the strip. Stitch in place and trim as before. Repeat once.
  7. Sew the 5 strips together, alternating them so that the 'feathers' are staggered. Use the photo as a guide.
  8. Sew the 'feathers' to the tea cozy front and press all seams.
  9. Using the photo as a guide, heat fuse the eyes and beak in place and stitch in place with a machine straight stitch.
  10. Hand or machine stitch eyelashes onto the eyes.
  11. Cut the back to shape by curving the top edges, and then use it as a pattern to shape the front and back.
  12. Cut the wadding into 2 pieces using the tea cozy back as a pattern.
  13. To make the loop, press the fabric strip in half along the length and then press the long edges into the middle to make it 1cm wide x 7cm long.
  14. Fold the loop in half and pin it to the middle of the top edge of the tea cozy front.
  15. Layer a piece of wadding, the cozy front and back with right sides together, and a piece of wadding. Pin together around the curved edge, leaving the straight bottom unstitched.
  16. Stitch all the layers together. Snip curved edge, taking care not to cut the stitches, and turn the right side out.
  17. Stitch the cozy lining pieces together around the curved edge.
  18. Put the lining inside of the tea cozy, with right sides together, and stitch around the straight edge, leaving 10cm opening.
  19. Turn the cozy right side out and slip stitch the open edge together. Press.

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