How to Make an Owl Pillow

Written by liza hollis
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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

  • Batting
  • Half-yard of desired fabric
  • Several pieces of scrap fabric in assorted colours
  • Batting
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Lay out your fabric print side up. You will be folding this fabric over so the print will eventually be facing in.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Refold your fabric in half, print side in. Use the fold of the fabric as the top of your pillow.

  7. 7

    Sew a simple stitch around the left and right edges of your pillow, leave the bottom unstitched.

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

    Hand-stitch the pillow closed along the bottom edge.

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