When is a craft fail a success?

Owl Front

Back with Pocket



It’s when you make a hideously ugly Owl Pillow for your daughters new toddler bed and you absolutely HATE the outcome but she doesn’t care and LOVES it! Yup. That’s what we have today. A craft fail turned toddler loving success! Sometimes my little Stinkerbell amazes me. So, unfortunately I don’t have numbers and what not to give you in this semi-tutorial. I can just tell you what I did step by step and provide a few pics:

Two large scraps of fabric

various other scraps that coordinate with the two main large scraps of fabric

Instant bonding liquid Stitch

a quarter

a coffee cup



sewing supplies

Step 1:

Cut out all your pieces. You will need two main pieces (a front and back), two wing pieces, two main eye pieces, two iris pieces, and two pupil pieces. You will also need a small triangle for the nose and a pocket shaped piece for the back (make sure you have a seam allowance!)

For the main fabric your pattern pieces will look like this:

Main Front and Back Pattern Piece


for the wings like the brown pieces here:

For the main eyes use your coffee cup and trace two circles. For the iris use a quarter and trace two circles. For the pupils you can draw two smaller circles and cut a tiny triangle out of each (or just leave them be- whatever you want- that’s the joy of doing it yourself!)

Step 2:

 Once you have all of your pattern pieces cut out you will need to applique the wings onto the front main fabric piece.

Then applique the main eye pieces on and the nose piece.

For the Iris and pupil I just used some instant bonding liquid stitch and the iron. Super easy 🙂

Um..... I suck at Applique..... 😦

Step 3:

Mark and then sew your pocket piece onto the back main fabric piece.

Sew Pocket Piece on BEFORE sewing main pieces together

Step 4: Place the two main fabric pieces right sides together and sew all around the edge leaving a 1 inch opening. Then flip right side out.

This is after it was flipped right side out

Step 5: Fill will polyfill or stuffing of some kind.


Step 6: Sew up your one inch seam. I suck at this and chose to just straight stitch. My mom says there’s a special “blind” stitch you can do. If you know how to do this then more power to you!

Step 7: Present to child upon her waking up and watch her shriek with joy as you just shake your head in amazement that as hideously ugly as it is she still LOVES IT!

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