Pillows can be a functional and decorative touch in living and bedroom spaces. Some throw pillows can be pretty pricey at retail department stores, but making your own is a great way to add some custom flair to your living space. Owls are not only wise; they are an attractive design option for your throw pillows. Follow this guide to making a custom pillow with a cute, embroidered owl. You can keep this pillow in a room in your own nest, or offer it to a bird lover as a gift.
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Things you need
- Half-yard of desired fabric
- Several pieces of scrap fabric in assorted colours
- Sewing machine
Draw a picture of an owl. If you do not trust yourself to do this, print out a picture of one that you like off of the Internet. You will use this picture as a guide for the one on your pillow.
Cut out pieces of scrap fabric in assorted colours to re-create your owl. You might want to use a separate colour for the wings, eyes, legs, and other bird parts. In fact, different colours, fabrics, and prints add interest to your pillow.
Lay out your fabric print side up. You will be folding this fabric over so the print will eventually be facing in.
Cut the fabric to make your pillow. A good throw pillow size to consider is a 1’ by 1’ square. To cut this size of fabric, fold your fabric in half. Cut out the square from the fold, adding about ½” excess material around all sides of the square.
Open your fabric and stitch your owl fabric pieces on to the top of your pillow. Your owl should be positioned in the top centre of your pillow. Use a zig zag stitch around the edge of your fabric pieces to hold it together and keep it from fraying.
Refold your fabric in half, print side in. Use the fold of the fabric as the top of your pillow.
Sew a simple stitch around the left and right edges of your pillow, leave the bottom unstitched.
Turn your fabric right side out. Stuff with batting, or if you have a pillow that you don’t like, you can stuff it with an old pillow.
Hand-stitch the pillow closed along the bottom edge.