Whoo-too: How to owl softie

February 12, 2010 at 6:58 am 7 comments

I would make some changes to this softie the second time around, but this is a really simple, quick, simple softie project that requires only a few items that you probably already have.

1 fat quarter

random scraps of felt


sewing machine or handsewn

Ignore the top - yours won't have the same mistake 🙂

Take your fat quarter and fold in half. This should create fabric that’s 18 X 10.5 inches. Cut a shape similar to a gummy drop with the folded part uncut at the bottom. Pick one side of the folded piece of fabric to be the front of your owl. Cut two wings out of felt and sew onto the edge of the body. Then cut a giant  triangle to serve as a beak, sew on. Then, cut two large white  circles for eyes, and sew so they slightly overlap onto the beak. Sew on two smaller black circles to create the pupils for the eyes. Then, sew two little feather-shaped felt cutouts to the top of the face.

Now that your face and wings are done, fold fabric the other way so that right sides are facing in. Sew around the open edges of your shape (be careful to keep the top feathers sticking out), leaving about 1.5 inches to turn the fabric right side out, then fill with polyfill, sew the remaining hole closed, and you’re done!

The mistake I made in this that I would not make again is choosing to have the hole to flip the owl inside out at the top of his head. This made for an awkward seam. It would have been much better to the hole along the bottom edge. Next time I will do it this way.

For variations, add glasses or even little felt feet.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sandy  |  February 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I saw a note you left at
    wanting to know about string quilts.

    Go to
    for free string quilt patterns. Scroll down on the left to STRINGS.

    They always turn out perfect.

  • 2. Deb  |  February 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Such a cute owl! Love him.

  • 3. Jamie  |  February 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve been slowly adding owl’s to Cameron’s room. In my mind I will make this for her. In reality….it’ll never happen! It is VERY cute!

  • 4. MegaGood  |  February 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Oh my. This is so squishable. I wish I had some sewing talent. Thanks for stopping by my site!

  • 5. An owl softie for Cameron « Modern mind, vintage heart  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:37 am

    […] 21, 2010 I have made some improvements over my last owl. I love the bright, springy, girlie but not icky fabric. And the sewing has improved drastically […]

  • 6. wendy  |  March 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Have you seen my owl softie posts with link to tute?
    You could make the pattern way bigger for a stuffed animal type doll!

  • 7. Curvalicious  |  May 3, 2010 at 5:59 am

    What a wonderful owl!


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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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