Category: Machine Sewing Tutorials

Snuggly Owl Pillow Sewing Pattern and Video Tutorial

Kids love animals. It’s a simple fact! So, naturally, kids love animal themed sewing projects. Enter this super sweet owl pillow! I can’t take credit for this idea, it’s one I’ve seen in many different incarnations on Pinterest, but here’s my simple take and video tutorial for new sewists to follow along and make their own!

This project is good skill booster for newbies: it challenges them to tackle curves and a technique called applique, where you’re doing visible topstitching to attach the face and wings. They’re also revisiting good techniques like pivoting, and we close it with an invisible ladder stitch!

Use the link below to download the pattern and to make your own version of this adorable hooter.

Materials you’ll need for this project are:

  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the owl body, preferably quilting cotton. I love shopping Local(ish) Fabric Stores like:
  • Fabric Scraps for the wings, beak and eyes OR –
  • Wool or Wool Blend felt (better for the environment than plastic/polyester felt, here’s the small business where I like to buy mine:
  • a sewing machine
  • thread to match your project
  • A hand sewing needle to close your pillow
  • Thread or embroidery floss (again, find it on
  • Scissors, both for paper and fabric.
  • Pins or safety pins if you don’t have sewing pins
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Fluff to stuff with(try to avoid Poly-fill, that’s plastic! I love the recycled shoddy from Fabscrap )

And here’s the Video tutorial to sew along with to create your own:

Scunchie Tutorial (on the Notch & Swatch Youtube Channel)

Scunchie Tutorial (on the Notch & Swatch Youtube Channel)

What’s the most popular project at my sewing studio the past year?


Learn how to make your own scrunchie in this easy to follow video tutorial! And make sure while you’re over on Youtube that you like, subscribe and comment on our videos so we can reach more budding sewists!