Toys for Tots / An owl family

Pattern: Snuggly Owl by
In total around $10-$12, felt is inexpensive!
Benefiting: the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

My apartment complex started advertising for Toys for Tots about a month ago. It’s Toys for Tots “primary goal to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters”. I’m hoping they will accept handmade items as well!

As much as I love making items for friends, I never feel like making plush toys, because I’m pretty sure every newborn baby in my circle of friends is getting plenty. I really enjoy making plush toys, but I’d rather make one that’s gonna be used&loved than one that’s gonna be one of the bunch :). So making plush toys for Toys for Tots is something I immediately felt strongly about. I wanted to go for quantity over complexity and therefore chose the Snuggly Owl pattern and ended up making a total of 5 owls. Number 6 in the picture is Mr Owl, my first sewing project on my own.

To be honest I’m not completely happy with the result, I have been pretty sloppy with the detailing and that’s just not me. It’s slightly consoling that toddlers won’t notice the sloppy finishes, but it’s a bit disappointing for myself. I also decided not to add the 3″ side-strip to the owl (making it a pillow), as this was something I was struggling with for hours with Mr. Owl, and it seemed unnecessary. This project once again confirmed that stuffing a toy is hard and a lot of work!! It’s not as easy as it seems!

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