Homemade Gift: Owl Pillow Cushion

I love to make homemade gifts for birthdays, life celebrations and holidays and pillow cushions are one of my favorite gifts to make. This owl cushion is perfect for kids and adults alike. It’s just like making a regular cushion with a few extra corners and the added decoration. It’s great fun to make and is sure to put a smile on a loved one’s face. You can use any colour material you like. I chose brown, a light pink and a floral design for the belly. I love it! I hope you enjoy making this one.


You’ll need:

1 sq meter of main fabric (mine is brown)

1/2 square meter of secondary fabric (mine is light pink)

15cm diameter fabric for the belly.

Lots of wadding

2 shades of Felt for the eyes

2 buttons

needle and thread


Marker pen

Hot glue gun.

Step 1: Fold your main fabric in half. To achieve a great owl shape, draw a circle with 20cm diameter  in the centre of your fabric. At the top of your circle, draw an upside-down triangle about 10cm in towards the centre. Cut around your circle and cut in at the triangle. Now you’ll have  two sheets of perfectly shaped owl fabric. If you’re not feeling too confident, print off one of my owl templates and trace around that!

Step 2: Place each owl fabric on top of the other, you’ll need to do this inside out, so whichever side you want people to see, you’ll need these sides to be facing each other. Stitch one side of your owl. Start from the ears as they are the tricky bit. Stitch the triangle between the ears and then down and around the body. Leave about 6 inches at the bottom as you’ll need to get your hand inside to stuff your cushion.

Step 3:  Turn your fabric inside out. With a handful of wadding, gently push your wadding right up to the stitched ears so they are plump and continue to fill the body of your owl cushion.

Step 4: When you are happy that your owl is plump enough, stitch the lower part of the owl’s body. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy with the thread, you’ll be covering that with the feet!

Step 5: Now to transform your cushion into an owl cushion! Start with the feet if you like. I cut out rectangles with a wavy-toe edge. Fold the straight side of your fabric about 1/2 inch in, run some hot glue along this length and stick onto the bottom of your owl.

Step 6: For the body: Lay your secondary fabric on top of your cushion. Decide how big you would like the bib to be and mark on a rough trace of the shape. I drew almost a snowman shape with a small, wide circle ontop and larger circle at the bottom. Cut this out, hot glue gun the circumference of the material and stick to your cushion.

Step 7: For the third material, I cut out a circle an inch smaller than the secondary material to give the floral material a nice border. Hot glue gun the circumference and stick on.

Step 8: For the eyes, I cut out a number ’8′ shape big enough to touch the base, secondary and floral material, this makes the eyes central to the pillow. Stick on with hot glue. Then layer again with smaller circles with your secondary material and stick on.

Step 9: Finally, place your buttons in the centre of your circles and stick on with glue. How beautiful is your owl pillow cushion?!




  1. Tee says:

    I really love this Meg. As a child I had a large plush Owl and he was very much like this friendly guy, with made with different fabrics and prints.

    I often wondered where he went because I never really “grew out of it” or got rid of him mself, he just sort of watched over my room always there and then one day I realized he was gone. I think he somehow got tossed aside or misplaced by a well meaning adult during one of several moves we made.

    I am going to try to make one with your instructions, to pay homage to my beloved old owl friend from days gone by!



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