How much more fun is it to collect old buttons on the 'button shore' than seashells on the seashore?!
A use for some of my button collection... The owls are so fun to make and they each have a unique personality depending upon what fabric and buttons you choose. So fun and easy! After clicking on this link http://moonstitches.typepad.com/moonstitches/2007/08/f-o-w-l-r-e-s-t.html, go to the blog's right sidebar and there is a "tutowlrial" link that brings you to the directions. Also, in the sidebar check out the "owly love" (pool) to see the flattened owl garland, which puts a little different spin on the owl. It's another fun alternative. Here's another link that has the actual pattern pieces since the moonstitches blog only has the directions: http://www.hct.zaq.ne.jp/mari/fukurou/002.htm On the first screen you come to it will have this message: "To display language characters correctly you need to install the following language pack : Japanese." Click cancel. You can make your owls whatever size you choose, but to make the size of my 2 3/4" high owls you will need to use pattern piece A for the belly instead of the body and then create your own larger pattern piece for the body by using your copier to enlarge it or tackle it freehand. You would end up with a really small owl if you use patterns A and B in their present size. At least the patterns provide you with the shape that you need. If you end up making any owls, send me a photo. I'd love to see your creation. My owls are resting on an old library card file box. It has two drawers that are the perfect size to store my recipe cards with my favorite cookbooks in easy reach on top.