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Owl pillow ! (with a tutorial and pattern pieces)

We are in the process of making up our daughter's room and in that inspiration I made up this owl pillow cover for her new space! I made a tutorial with pattern pieces for you to - sew you can make your own too!

The pillow:

  1. Print out and cut your pattern pieces out of felt : pattern pieces part 1 and pattern pieces part 2
  2. cut 1 piece of fabric 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" (for a 12"x12" pillow form - I like having a bit of extra room for seam allowances)
  3. 2 pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow that measure 10 1/4"
*Please note that "pattern pieces part 1" the same page is up twice, I have no idea why or how to fix it - so only print out one page - you do not need double of everything.

I used some bias tape in my pillow but you could do a double fold over hem instead if you so desire.

and now onto the tutorial!

these are your pieces all laid out so you have a visual of the look you are going for. 

I have them separated like this because you will sew in a layer style
1. Sew the eye layers 
2. then place the eyes onto the body with the wings, pin that down where you think it looks nice and stitch on 
4. stitch on the wing heart and I put a little stuffing in there for added poof funness
3. stitch on the beak.  

Now I placed the branch and put the owl onto it (to make sure everything fit), pin that branch and leaves in place and stitch (machine stitched those on) 

when I stitched my leaves I liked to give them a bit of curve, I think it's a nice detailed touch. 

Now place your owl on and pin, and machine stitch around it.

When pinning the owl on do not forget about the feet! As you can see in the pic I made sure they are well tucked in that way you are sure to catch them in there when you sew!

The front of the pillow is now complete! I celebrated with some peanut butter toast, feel free to grab your favorite snack at this point :)

Now we will begin the back of the pillow!

Take one of your 10 1/4" pieces and put bias tape along the edge (remember one side is slightly longer than the other and this is the back side). If you use the extra narrow bias tape like I did be sure to pin it well and remove the pins as you come up to them for a tidier looking finish.

For the other back piece fold over and iron and then fold over and iron again for a tidy double fold hem.

Put your layers together, pillow front right side up, bias tape back piece right side down (facing the pillow front) and then lastly the hemmed back piece right side facing down. (as seen below)

pin and sew all the way around! No need to leave a spot for turning since you have a fold over back pillow.

Yay, the pillow is complete! and just in time as nap time is just finished!

So you can see the amount of cross over in the fold (because I hate it when the pillow form wants to pop out)

and that's it, now you just need to put in a 12"x12" pillow

FYI.  I did my sewing outside today! I was at my parents and my dad helped me move my machine and get it hooked up and they played with babes and it was absolutely wonderful to be able to sit in the sun and sew!

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Lizzy Mac said...

Absolutely adorable!! You are too too talented!

Happy in red said...

That's such a cute pillow!! I've just made a bunch of owls to sell on a crafty market :-) They're on show on my blog!!!
Have a good weekend, Esther.

Jessica @ Create-A-Torium said...

I'm totally in love with this. He's just the cutest little owl ever. I'm linking up to you at http://createatoriumcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/07/look-what-you-did.html

Kelly said...

This is so cute! Thank you for the tutorial and pattern pieces!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Too stinkin' cute! Thanks for the pattern! :)

Ashley said...

o my goodness this is SOOOO cute!!! i LOVE it:)
thanks for the pattern:)

Karima said...

Hi from your newest follower, please pop by, Karima x

I Love the owl cushion, I too always like to make the flap longer, to avoid seeing the cushion inside!

Sylvie Créative said...

It's really lovely!

Kelly said...

thanks for this tutorial and pattern, I've got felt sitting around just waiting to be used!

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

This is a fabulous idea and I love the look!
Would you be willing to share this at our Weekly Playdate link party? This week's party is here: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/07/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-15-all.html

Come & Play :: Playdate

Wonky Witch Needlecraft said...

Absolutely adore the owl cushion... and loving the fact you got to sew outside! :) x

willow said...

I love the little heart you put on the back. What a great touch! Thank you for linking up and sharing your project with my readers.

Sharde said...

this is adorable! i love it. the heart touches are so cute :)

the style projects

kendascrafts said...

that owl is adorable!

Christie said...

Oh, I love it!! Great job!

Danni Girl said...

It's wonderful! Great job!

Lisa said...

Your owl is great, am into owl things at the moment - thanks for the tutorial

Katie said...

This is so cute!! I love it!! The little heart you put on the back is so cute too!

Kei said...

Such an adorable pillow! I know someone who would love something like that--definitely a tutorial to remember!

Jenn said...

Very cute, thanks for the pattern too!

Svetlana said...

Fantastic pillow :) :)

Thank you so much for the pattern !!!

Carissa said...

What a great pillow! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and tutorial.

I'm visiting from Young & Crafty and am your newest follower! Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

Jessica said...

I adore this pillow and owls are so fashionable right now! I linked to the tutorial on my website, FaveQuilts.com (http://www.favequilts.com). You can see the link here: http://www.favequilts.com/Machine-Applique/Applique-Owl-Pillow


Dr Sonia S V said...

Got your link from the blog linky party
such a gorgeous fun project. Coincidentally our latest project at home is an owl project too!
Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

Such an adorable pillow! Thanks for linking up to the Handmade Gift Directory! :)

Claire said...

Cute pillow!! Following from tatertots and jello-stop by for a visit!

Mhairi said...

I was just looking at your pillow and my two year old said "please make that owl for me, hoo hoo. For my bed"
I guess I will be doing some sewing today. :D

Paula said...

Beautiful, but as access patterns?. Thanks for such a nice idea.

Diana Ionita said...

Thank you.I've adapted your idea to something else.I hope you like it.

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

@diana I want to see it sooo bad!!!! I hope you come back here with the link!

Diana Ionita said...


Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

LOVE IT!!!! thanks so much for sharing!!

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