I'm asked from time to time whether you can make my little Owl Pals without a sewing machine. The answer, of course, is yes! These were made entirely by hand over the course of several "sofa stitching" sessions in front of the TV using only felt and 3 strands of embroidery floss. I cut the bodies, eyes, head details and beaks from my own felt stash but the little flowers and circles were purchased pre-cut.
To do them in the way I have here, you need to master the French Knot. My French Knots were more like "French Nots" until I found this link on the blog "Stitch School". There are extra details here that seem to be missing in most explanations of this stitch and the photos really helped.
The smaller Owl Pal, which was created by shrinking the original template to three-quarter size looks very festive. I'm thinking of making a few more of these with ribbon loops for hanging on the tree.
Sorry about the pins guys!