Cute Owl Pillow!!

March 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

Stuffed Owl

Finished Size
16 cm × 17 cm (6 in × 6H in)

Tracing paper
Sewing needle
Sewing machine
Stuffing stick (or chopstick or pencil)
Hole puncher (optional, but makes neat circles for pupils)

Body fabric – scraps of four coordinating fabrics: a light-colored plain fabric for the upper body right and upper body left; another light-colored fabric for
the bottom and inner ears; a patterned fabric for the lower body and outer ears; a dark-colored plain fabric for the sides and back.
Extra fabric – scraps of light- and dark-colored felt for the eyes and beak.
Thread – colored sewing thread to match the body fabric and to match the eye and beak felt.
Stuffing – wool rovings or polyfill.

Photo: © Penguin Group (Australia)

1. Trace and cut out the enlarged pattern using the template provided. Pin it to the fabric and cut out the pieces. You will need to cut 1 upper body left shape, 1 upper body right shape, 1 lower body shape, 1 side shape (cut on the fold), 1 bottom shape, 1 back shape, 4 eye shapes (2 in dark felt, 2 in light felt), 4 ear shapes (2 in the light fabric used for the bottom, 2 in the patterned fabric used for the lower body), and 1 beak shape.

2. Pin together upper body left and upper body right pieces (right sides facing), and sew from A to B. Open out and iron the seam to one side. Pin lower body to upper body (right sides facing) and sew from B to C1, then from B to C2. (Don’t worry if the stitches at B are not perfect because B will be covered at the end by the owl’s beak.) Trim edges and clip fabric around the curves. Be careful not to clip the seam. Iron seam to one side.

3. For each ear, pin the outer ear piece (light fabric) to inner ear piece (patterned fabric), right sides facing, and sew, leaving an opening at the base for turning right-side out. Trim edges and turn right-side out. Iron. Fold the left and right sides into the center and iron to crease. Use a ladder stitch to sew the left side to the right side, about a quarter of the way up the fold.

4. Place the body piece right-side up on your work surface. Pin the ears in position (x to x), pointing in toward the body.

5. Pin the side piece to the front body piece (right sides facing), D1 to D1 and A to A, and sew from A to D1, then from A to D2, sewing over the base of the ears to secure them as you go.

6. Pin the back piece to the side piece (right sides together), E to E, and sew from E to F1, then from E to F2. Trim edges and clip around curves.

7. Pin bottom piece to front pieces (D1 to D1 and D2 to D2), right sides facing, and sew. Sew bottom to sides and back, leaving an opening for turning right-side out and stuffing.

8. Check seams for strength, then trim and clip curves. Carefully turn right-side out, pulling ears and top of head out first.

9. Using a stuffing stick, stuff owl firmly, molding the sides so there are no lumps and shaping the bottom so that it’s flat and the owl can stand on its own.

10. Hand-sew the stuffing opening closed using a ladder stitch.

11. For the eyes, use a hole punch to make a hole in the center of each light-colored piece of felt (as marked on the pattern). Attach each piece of light felt to a piece

of dark felt using double-sided iron-on adhesive, or with small stitches. Position eyes on finished owl and sew into place with small stitches.

12. Sew the beak into place (at B) with small stitches.

Owl Template 1

Owl Template 2


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