Too. Cute. These owls are abso-hoot-ly adorable!

July 06, 2018
felted owls on branch with felt leaves

Colorful owls make precious pillows, especially for a kid's room or nursery. Made from just a few pieces of felt and a couple basic stitches, this easy sewing project will be ready for snuggles the same afternoon. Get our free template for the owl pieces and customize them with your favorite colors or patterns. We recommend using wool felt—it's softer and will hold up better over time. Once you've mastered the adorable owl shape, try making several in different sizes. This easy craft makes a great handmade baby shower gift or hootiful DIY Christmas present. 

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 1 hr
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Sewing

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

use scissors to cut owl shapes from felt
Step 1

Place and Trace the Free Printable Template

Download, print, and cut out the free template for this adorable owl. Trace the template onto felt using a fabric marker. Don't forget, the pattern includes markings for the location of the eyes. Poke a hole through the eyes in the pattern and use the marker to dot the placement for the eyes on the wool felt.

Once they're traced, cut out all of the shapes.

Get the free template!
add small eyes to owl shape with thread
Step 2


Pin the triangle face felt piece to the body using straight pins. Hand-sew them together using small straight stitches with a sewing thread and needle. The largest piece will fold to become the back of the owl.

Use two strands of embroidery thread to sew French knots. One goes in the corner of the triangle piece as a nose, the others on the dots where the eyes should be. Then use sewing thread to sew a blanket stitch around the body. Make sure to leave a 2-inch opening for stuffing.

Learn all the basic stitches you'll need to make the owl! 

stuff owl through opening in side
Step 3


Use the 2-inch gap to stuff the owl with fiber fill, or if you have any leftover felt, use that. Once the owl is stuffed to your satisfaction, continue the blanket stitch to sew the gap closed. Try making a family of owls in several sizes. This easy craft idea makes a great stocking stuffer or handmade baby shower gift. What a hoot!

Comments (1)

How difficult was this project?
July 20, 2019
Difficulty: Very Hard
The “free template” sent me in a circle to the instruction sheet.

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