Sew a sleepy snuggly owl
Find out how to make a simple bedtime toy or snuggle buddy that looks like something out of a catalogue!
Owl Pillow pal

You will need:

  • paper and pencil
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric in different patterns
  • 3 colours of felt
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing pins
  • thread to match the felt
  • sewing machine
  • polyester toy stuffing
  • sewing needle

What to do:

Draw an owl shape on a piece of paper the size that you want your pillow pal to be. Cut it out and pin it to your cotton fabric.

Using the fabric scissors, cut the fabric around the shape of your owl, giving it about a 2.5cm border, as in the image below.

Owl pillow

Do the same with the other piece of fabric, so that you have two pieces of fabric the same size as each other.

Cut out the owls eyes and beak from the felt pieces. I traced around a jar lid to get the round eye shape and use free hand for the other pieces. Place the felt onto the owl where you want them to sit and attach them with a pin on to the front side of your fabric.

Using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew the eyes and beak on to the fabric.

Place the two pieces of fabric face to face and pin them together.

Sew the two pieces together with a seam allowance of about 2.5cm, leaving an opening the width of your hand at the bottom of the owl.  Reinforce the opening by doing a back stitch (stitching back and forward a few times) on each side of the opening.

Owl pillow sew

You’ll need to cut the points off the fabric above the ears as well as make small cuts into the fabric on the curves, as shown in the images below, to prevent the seam from bunching up when you turn it the right way around.

Turn the pillow right side out and give the pillow a quick iron to get rid of all creases.

Fill the cushion with polyester stuffing.  You can use a chopstick or a blunt pencil to push the stuffing right into the corners of the owls ears.  You’ll need lots of stuffing to make your pillow nice and firm.

Using a needle and thread, hand sew the opening closed using a slip stitch, also known as a blind stitch.  You can find a simple tutorial here.

Your owl pillow pal is complete.  The perfect bedtime friend for your kids to snuggle up with at night.


  • This pillow pal craft was created by Emma Rowe for and has been adapted for
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