Have you noticed an abundance of owl-themed designs of late? From embroidered purses to tea towels, it seems as if everywhere you look, you see owl motifs. How did they get so trendy? Some sources credited film series like Harry Potter or Legend of the Guardians. Others believe it is just another reoccurring trend, as owls were highly popular during the 1970s. However it happened, owl-patterns are all the rage, so we rounded up some fun and trendy owl embroidery patterns you're sure to love!
Who knew owls would be so popular?
Craftsy member EmbGarden says owl designs had a following from the very first time she stitched one, “I made my first owl design (the above featured Owl Zipper Case) back in 2007 or 2008. It was a huge seller for me. People started requesting more in the hoop owl designs. Whenever I came up with a new design idea, I would always think how I could make it into an owl or owl-related item. I get several emails a month from people wanting more owls.”
Functional machine embroidery designs
EmbGarden has designed an extensive selection of machine embroidery patterns using the owl motif. I love the In the Hoop Chapstick holder, perfect for a keychain or child's backpack. The owl In the Hoop Glasses case would be a fun project for teaching a beginner.
Here more advance Owl Sewing Kit and Owl Crochet Hook Holder are a great project to add a little organization to your life, or give them as a gift to a fellow maker!
Two adorable machine appliqué designs are perfect for those who love bright patterns. The Valentine 3 Heart Owl Appliqué pattern by Craftsy member Baby Kays is cute as can be. You can even customize it with monograms! It's available in 5x7 and 6x10 sizes. Craftsy member Embroidershoppe has created another darling pattern; the Owl 1 Appliqué pattern comes in two hoop sizes, 5x7 and 8x8.
Hand embroidery owl patterns
Craftsy member Kelly Fletcher created this Owlish pattern for beginning hand embroiderers. She includes plenty of photos and resources for creating the stitches in this piece. Colors could easily be customized.
There is even something for cross stitch enthusiasts. Two intermediate cross stitch patterns depict owls. The Flower Hootie Lilac Blossom pattern by Craftsy member PinoyStitch and the Aqua Hoot Owl Cross-Stitch pattern by Craftsy member StitchX.
Darling Owl Potholders via the Craftsy class In the Hoop Gifts
Make an owl: machine embroidery appliqué classes
Craftsy instructor Sue O’Very shows how to create owl potholders in her class In the Hoop Gifts. These charming heat-resistant hooters are one of five awesome projects you'll learn, including project instructions and embroidery design files.
Appliqué Owl via the Craftsy class Fun with Fusible Appliqué
Debby Luttrell shows you how to have a blast with fusible appliqué while creating this adorable Oliver the Owl. She also includes instruction on how to embellish appliqué with decorative stitching that brings your projects to life!
It appears owls are here to stay, and they are so darn cute!