Tutorial: Hooooos the cutest?

OK! As I promised, I have a tutorial for you today! I think this is so cute! Ive been seeing these around and thinking for some time that I want to make one! My oldest just happens to LOVE anything owls so she has wanted one for a while. Today is her lucky day! :)

So to get started, I went through all my scraps and picked out a few that I thought go together well.

You will need different fabrics for each of these parts:

Front, back, outer eyes, middle eyes, inner eyes (I picked a solid brown felt), beak, & wings.

So, about 6-7 different fabrics. I also like to use fabrics with different textures. I used cottons, minky scraps, and felt.

Once you have your fabrics picked out you need to make your pattern.

Calm down! Its not that hard. Hang in here, I'll show you. :)

I taped 4 pieces of paper together to make a sheet big enough, but you could use some old poster board or something. Then I drew the best picture of what I wanted to do (free handed) as I could. then I folded it in half and cut it out so the owl's body would be symmetrical. *remember to make your owl body a little bigger than you want the pillow since you need to take up some area by stitching (leave a seam allowance).

Next, I placed a piece of paper over the wing and traced it. I labeled the front. You'll see why in a minute. Then I traced the beak and the eyes and cut it all out.

I cut out the front and backs from the fabrics of my choice.

Cut one fabric using the front of the pattern you made and then cut the other using the back of the fabric. this would allow your front and back to match up perfectly.

 Now you have front and back cut out.

Then I cut out the fabrics for the wings, beak, and eyes in squares that allow enough room for the pieces you want to cut out of them and then iron on to fusible web following the manufacturer directions. I bought mine a long time ago, and I don't remember what the brand is, but here you can find a similar product.

For the wings I folded the fabric (with the adhesive backing -paper still on-) in half. And traced, front side of the pattern up, and cut the wings. I do this this way so I get a mirror image effect with the two pieces.

By the way. Do you like my yellow polish? Oops! I tried some on at the store yesterday and decided I did not like it on me. I haven't taken it off yet.

Getting back on task:

This is what your wing piecs should look like.

I cut out all of my pieces. They should all have the adhesive backing on them. The backing should have the paper on it still. Take it all off.

Now lay all of your pieces on the front you cut out the way you want. The beak and the wings pretty much go in the predictable spots and the eyes do too, but you can have a little fun with the two inside pieces for the eyes.

Then I iron it on & zig-zag stitch it all down.

Ever heard of those people who go into a comma and wake up speaking a different language or with a different accent? Well, that kind of happened to my machine. I took it in to get some work done on it, and when I got it back it spoke German. Yep. All the stuff on the screen comes up in German. I think its kind of cool. Instead of "zig-zag" it says "zickzack". Instead of "straight stitch" it says "Geradstitch".

*Just a little hint.*
 If you sew a lot with the adhesive backing like I do it can cause some gunk to build up on your needle. To get rid of that gunk and prevent further gunk I put a little drop of this stuff, Sewers Aid-1/2 Ounce, on my finger tips and rub it on the needle. The gunk should come right off and then it lubricates the needle so you wont get more build up. You might have to do this every once in a while.:)

 Here is all the pieces stitched on. You would stick the beak down. I forgot and didn't realize it until I had everything stitched together. I had to open it all up and fix it. If I didn't make at-least one mistake while doing something I wouldn't be human. We are not perfect, but that's a whole different discussion.  :)

OK, so I have all the features stitched down. Now I put the front and back together right-sides facing and pin it. I pin the bottom where I want to leave it open to be able to stuff the pillow horizontally so I wont forget and stitch it closed. I'm not perfect: See above statement.

Stitch it all around, leaving open on the bottom. 

Take out pins and turn it inside out. Or right side out if you prefer. :)

Clip it around the edges and at the points.

Now its time to stuff it!

I just got this at our local super center.

*Push it all up in there! lol! Make sure the ears get plenty of stuffing. *

When you are satisfied with the fullness then stitch the opening closed.

Viola! You have the cutest pillow on the block! :())



  1. I just found your blog and I think that owl is so cute. You made me laugh with your sewing machine story. I do understand it though since I am german ;-) If you wanna check out my blog I am very sorry but it's mostly in German although I am planning on writing more in English since my family-in-law lives in TX. You can have some fun with the google translator though and maybe your sewing machine can help ;-)
    Take care, Sana

  2. Such a cute little owl! I think I may have to try to make one myself! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Hi from your newest google and facebook follower/s via blue cricket design, karima from

    This is so cute, I did an owl project not long ago.

  4. i WILL be making this for my daughter's room when we move next month! this will go perfectly with her bird/outdoor theme!! thank you!! :)

  5. {as a side note - i couldn't find your e-mail anywhere or how to contact you - but in your header bible verse i think it should be "gEnesis" not "gInesis"?}

  6. SO cute!! I am obsessed with owls right now! Thank you for linking up!! Hope to see you back again!!

  7. Aww this little pillow made my day. I love this! This is too cute beyond words.

  8. Saw you at JessicaNDesigns and I love this owl! So cute!



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