There are tons of these on Pinterest, but after making the adult version, I didn't look up any for my owl version. They are really easy to make and I think I might make a few more for some special tots!
Using a Christmas card from years past (that conveniently had an oval on it), I messily adjusted the shape to be a little more squared off to make a template.
I then folded it in half and cut out my design so that it would be symmetrical. Using this template, I cut out cotton fabric for the front and flannel for the back.
For the wings, I made a half heart shape, folded my cotton fabric in half and cut out the wings through the two layers so that I had one wing for each side.
For the eyes, I had a circle template with a 1.75" diameter, but in the future will probably use a 1.5" diameter as these were a bit two big. For the center of the eyes, I cut 1" squares out of flannel and then rounded off the corners.
Here (above) is what the pieces look like assembled. Using a zig zag stitch as close to the edge as possible, I then attached the blue circles to the white circles and then attached these to the body. Then I attached the wings.
With right-sides together, I sewed the front and back together using a short stitch with a 1/8" seam allowance, leaving the bottom open for filling. I did use my turning trick here too to make turning and closing easier.
This is the final product after filling with approximately 2 cups of uncooked brown rice and sewing the opening at the bottom closed. Even though B said it looks like an owl, I think I need to go back and hand stitch a beak on. I do like the mix of fabrics and colors though.
We haven't tested this out yet. I thought to myself "T doesn't hit her head all that much" and sure enough, later that day, she bumped her head! Lesson learned, this little guy will find a cozy nest inside a ziploc bag in the freezer so that he's ready at a moment's notice!