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Snuggly Owl for Sewing Republic



I have created another project for Bernina’s Sewing Republic.  
(Remember the Autumn Door Hanger from this post?)
But this time, a snuggly little owl pillow…….

……that can also be loved on as a little stuffed friend too!  
So nice and squeeze-able.  
Who knows, you may be just like me and still need to whip up a few more gifts for Christmas.  
Did I catch you procrastinating?
If so, give this little fleece/felt/minky friend a try………
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Click here for my full Snuggly Owl tutorial (including free pattern pieces) over on Sewing Republic. 

**The pattern pieces are found at the very end of the PDF file.

Let me know how it turns out.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Jackie says:

    I just finished this, and I love it. You pictures were great, and the steps were thorough. I’m sure I’ll be making more cute owls. Thanks so much!

  2. New to sewing says:

    Hi,I can’t wait to start this wonderful project, thank you so much for providing it!! I don’t see the center strip in the pattern on pdf pages 14-16. Am I missing something or just not reading it right? Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      On page one under cutting it has the dimensions for the center strip, 3 1/2″ x 46″. There is not a pattern piece for the center strip since it is too long to fit on a 8 1/2 x 11 page. Have fun sewing!

  3. Laura says:

    Great project for me to teach my girls how to sew. Thanks!

  4. Mama Mizzy says:

    Hi there,

    just wanted to thank you for the patternpeace and tutorial on this superurb SnugglePillow!!
    I made a few myself and changed a bit of the pattern. Now I not only have A Snuggly Owl, but also A Snuggly Birdie and a Snuggly Pussycat :) Wanna see them? –>>

    Again thnx!! My daughter (6 and mentally disabled) just loves them!! Smiles at them, talks to them, sleeps with them :)

    Hugs and Love from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    A Mama and her Mizzy

    1. Mama Mizzy says:

      I meant supurb and patternpiece ofcourse :D

  5. Becca says:

    I found the pattern but can you tell me the sizes?

  6. Angie says:

    I love this tutorial – I make owl pillows for all the new babies that I know. I recently adapted it to make one for my pirate-obsessed friend. Thought you might enjoy seeing it. Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha……that totally made me smile! :) I LOVE how you altered it. Ha! -Ashley

  7. dona says:

    merci beaucoup pour le patron et ce partage !!

  8. Emily says:

    Sorry, I posted that wrong. I meant, is it ok if I MADE something like this and sell it on Etsy? I used the main part of the patterns, and this was where I got my inspiration. Thanks again, and sorry.

  9. Emily says:

    Hey, is it ok if I sell something a lot like this and sell it on Etsy? If you want, I can give you credit in the title. Thanks!

  10. Pam says:

    I made one of these adorable pillows for a friend of mine who loves owls. I’m actually going to make a second one so she has a matching pair (they’re for Christmas)! I used cotton fabrics and it turned out great! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! I shared a picture of the one I made with another friend and she liked it so much she asked for your website, so I sent her the link! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this adorable little pillow!!

  11. Jay says:

    I have spent all morning searching for an owl pattern. This one is perfect, adorable and squashy. Many little girls will be very happy, wonder f I have enough different colours of fabric to content them all

  12. Sarah says:

    I love the owl… and am hoping to give it a go, but I’d also really love to make that quilt under the owl. Do you have a pattern for it? Or any rough measurements?

  13. Kayde_Lyn says:

    I just made this owl in a baby boy version, and it turned out great!! My first real sewing project! I blogged about it here.
    Thanks so much for making such a great pattern available for free. I wouldn’t be surprised if I made another one of these someday.

  14. Wendy says:

    I LOVE this owl pattern! I just finished 2 for my son and daughter and they were super easy!! Thanks so much for the pdf and great tutorial. :)

  15. Jamy says:

    I am dying!!!! This looks almost IDENTICAL to one at Target that I’ve been drooling over for my daughter’s room to match her quilt. I just got my first sewing machine and cannot WAIT to make this!!!! I am thinking birthday present. ;) Uh, if it turns out halfway decent! Thank you!

  16. Regina says:

    I love this…I want one for me!!!

  17. mamahousemouse says:

    I know you posted this some time ago, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!

    I’ve shrunk your pattern down to little palm-size owls and will be making a dozen of them over the next week to give to my preschoolers as an end-of-the-year gift.

  18. Carrie Koopmans says:

    I have made one and I am going to make a few and sell and give completel credit to you for the pattern. Thank you for this tutorial…I love owls…and this was a great pattern and it’s easy….I make them all by hand though because I don’t have a sewing machine.

    Thanks again. Carrie

  19. Carol says:

    I made one of these for my son and it’s so adorable! The pattern was easy to follow and the instructions were clear. The only trouble I had was with the ears, that was a little confusing and I blame my ability to understand more than the instructions. :-) For my son’s owl I used some very light weight denim for the body, bright green fabric for the wings and a brown multi-colored polka dot for the bodice. I strayed from the directions on the wings. I found it easier to make a wing-shaped pocket out of two pieces of fabric, then I turned it and pressed it to get a nice clean edge when I sewed it on. I just couldn’t get a clean, rounded edge when trying to manipulate the single layer of fabric. (And I used cotton, I can’t imagine doing it with minky or the other ultra soft fabrics.)
    Very cute project and fun to make!

  20. Karen says:

    I really love this! My housemate is really into owls so I thought I would make 2 of these, one for each of our daughters (1.5 yrs and 9 mths). Then I had the idea to use the material from their crib bumpers (since they are no longer recommended) so they coordinate with each of the girls bedding! I’m so excited to make this!!

  21. JG says:

    Last year I bookmarked this adorable owl. A few days ago I made a smaller version for my grandson and posted it on my blog today. Thanks for this cute owl.

  22. JG says:

    Last year I bookmarked this. A few days ago I made a smaller version of your adorable owl for my grandson. Today I posted it on my blog. Thanks for the cute owl!

  23. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I made one of these cute little guys last year for my nephew’s 1st birthday. every time I see an owl tutorial online, I think “mine’s much cuter!”

    Which reminds me, I should really make a few more.


  24. Calli says:

    Do you have anything on the quilt you have in the picture my daughter is wanting the owl pillow but she also needs a new comforter

  25. Bethany says:

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful free tutorials! They are always easy to follow and turn out great!

  26. April says:

    Just made this for a one-year old’s Owl themed birthday. Thanks so much for a great pattern and tutorial. The directions were easy to follow and the pictures were so helpful. It came together smoothly!

  27. Anasia says:

    This is so cute! I want to make one for my daughter’s birthday, but I have been having a hard time trying to open the file. I always get a “runtime” error. Can someone email me the pdf tutorial/pattern please. Or is there a way to get the link working again. Thanks soooo much!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Anasia,

      Did you click on the link that takes you over to the Bernina site?

      Is that when you get the runtime error? Hmmmm…… works for me when I visit their site.

      Once you do go over there, you will need to click on “Snuggly Owl by Ashley Johnston” that’s underneath the little paragraph write up. That should pull up the file where you can see the directions and pattern pieces. If that doesn’t come up for you, you will have to contact Bernina (We All Sew) and let them know it’s not working for you. They own the files and the project, I was just the creator. I know, kinda confusing but they own everything and would know more about why it’s not working for you.

      Good luck!

  28. Brandy Hoot says:

    I would love to find your pattern and pdf file for this adorable little owl. My daughter loves to give handmade gifts to friends and with our last name, Hoot, this couldn’t be better. I ended up on the We All Sew website but couldn’t find it.

    THANK YOU!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Sorry about that……the link was changed but it’s updated now. Go here:

  29. Kerstin says:

    Thanks for this cute and easy pattern – my youngest daughter loves it!

    Blogged here:

  30. Ashley J. says:

    Omg! I am SO using this for my sons birthday party!

  31. crazypatch says:

    Un magnifique projet, j’adore les chouettes; merci pour ce modèle

  32. Krystal says:

    I love this owl. I just wish this matched my daughter’s room. She is more into a monkey theme.

  33. Sabrina says:

    Hi.. thanks for this great idea. I made my daugther a Owl and she loves it!
    I used some scraps of fabric, but next time I will let her choose the colors…. I am in love with Miss Owl :)
    I will be posting a picture on my blog in a minute :)

  34. Tammy says:

    This is fantastic. I made one for my daughter last night.

    Blogged at:

  35. Pat says:

    Thank you for this fantastic pattern! I have a group of 6th & 7th grade girls in a sewing club. I enlarged the pattern to make it easier for them to handle. They LOVED it!One of the teachers compared it to one she saw at Pottery Barn,and I saw one in a Target ad very similar. Tonight is the first I've see your website. I got the owl from Sewing Republic.

  36. Rachel says:

    I LOVE this pattern! thanks so much for it: I made 2 'owlies' for the kiddies of 2 of my dear work friends.

  37. Ashley says:

    Jen, when zig-zagging, I backstitch a few times very carefully. I try to do it right over the original thread and it seems to work okay for me. Make sure you are using thread the same color as your fabric so that it's not noticeable.

    Good luck!

  38. Heidi says:

    I love this Owl!! thanks for the great idea.
    come enter my GiVeAway!!!!!!

  39. Jen says:

    How do you zig zag neatly? And how do you start and finish when zig zagging? Do you backstitch? This makes an ugly "non-zagged" area on my owl's eyes. Help!


  40. Ashley says:

    Jay, Holly, and Ava…….that's weird that it said it was damaged. Have you tried it again? I just went and checked it out and it's working for me. Try clearing your browser and try it again. Maybe it was just a weird glitch. Let me know if it's still not working and I can get you the contact info for Bernina, since they own the project now and it's on their site.


  41. Deanna says:

    Awesome tutorial and I love your website! Here is my pillow… I changed it up a bit, hope that is ok…

  42. Jay, Holly and Ava says:

    The website for the pattern says it's damaged and non repairable is there another way I could get this pattern? It is so cute.

  43. anne says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! It's so cute and I lots of fun sewing it!

  44. Madelyn says:

    I linked your tutorial on my blog and also made some of my own, you can check them out here:

  45. Anonymous says:

    I made this for my niece and she loves it. I cut out fabric letters and sewed them on the back of the owl so it was personalized. It turned out great. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

  46. Sharla says:

    I made your owl and your pattern was awesome! I love the way it turned out, thanks!

  47. Marjorie says:

    I just made these for my girls for Christmas. Such a great tutorial!! Here's the link to our owls ;)

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I've been wanting to make an owl pillow for quite some time now and your tutorial was perfect for what I wanted!

  48. Slipcovers by Shelley says:

    My sister just emailed me this link last night. I loved it! I made three today for my three boys (10,8,6 yr old). I used some of my grandpas old flannel shirts, and I let them tell me what fabric they wanted where. I utilized the chest pocket from the shirt as the bodice piece, so they could put their lost teeth or notes in the pocket. They spent the rest of the night writing eachother notes and putting them in eachother's pockets, which was really sweet and a nice break from fighting and wrestling.

  49. Lynette @ My Craft Discovery says:

    I love it. I will have to keep that one on my list of go-to projects!

  50. amybradmartin says:

    I can't wait till my new sewing machine comes so I can make one of these for my little girls bed. Thank you for the pattern!

  51. Genevieve says:

    super cute owl! and i just wanted to let you know that i made a marker roll up based on your crayon roll up tutorial and posted about it linking back to your site here-


  52. TortueOrange says:

    I made four owls yesterday night. They were really fun and quick to do. Thank you so much for the pattern!

  53. Jen V says:

    So adorable! I am going to make 1 for each of my girls!!

    Any ideas for a boy?? My son is 8 so an owl seems a bit babyish for him…

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  54. Ashley says:

    I'm so glad this pattern will be useful….and some of you have already made it! WOw!!!

    As for there not being a pattern piece for the center strip of the owl…….at the beginning of the PDF instructions, there is a list of what needs to be cut out and how many of each. There it says to cut a center strip that is 46 x 3.5 inches. Since it was just a basic rectangle shape, I didn't include a pattern piece. Good luck!

    And Robyn, that fabric is fantastic! And even all the colors I have been using. Thanks for the link! :)

  55. Ashley says:

    This is fantastic! My son's first grade teacher is pregnant and just today we were talking about how she's been scouring etsy for owls for the nursery – I'm totally making her one. Thanks!

  56. Anonymous says:

    I'm with B Crock. Is there a pattern for the middle strip? I have all the other pieces cut out. Thanks!

  57. missy says:

    this is so super adorably sweet and cute, WHY did you have to post it the week before Christmas, lol?? Now I want to make these for my dds but I have too much going on. Thank you so very much for the pattern and one of my fave blogs … Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! We'll be making owls at our house in 2011!!

  58. B Crock says:

    I have most of the pattern piece but what pattern piece do I use for the middle strip? I'm fairly new to sewing and am not nearly crafty enough to figure it out on my own. :)

  59. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for the super cute owl! Already made one and I love it!

  60. Ronna says:

    Thank you for this super cute tutorial. Love it and cant wait to make it.

  61. Rachel says:

    I'm SO excited about this post!! I've seen a few pictures of these owl stuffed animals and wanted to make one so badly, but there was never a pattern available. I'm not good enough to wing it yet, so I'm stoked!! Thank you!!

  62. toots2u says:

    great tutorial!! super cute project that i look forward to making after Christmas! Thanks so much!

  63. Robyn says:

    Have you seen this fabric?

    I just used it for a project and was thinking it would go perfectly in that bedroom you've so brilliantly put together!

  64. Alison says:

    What a cute owl pillow! Great job as always. :)

  65. Leanne says:

    that is so cute on your little girl bed. thanks!

  66. hellomabel21 says:

    I would really love this pattern but can't download it. Could you put it on your site for all? Or offer another solution?

  67. lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    I LOVE IT. I will come to your house and steal it. Just kidding, I can barely get out the door to go to the grocery store right now. But I will think wistfully about stealing it…

  68. April says:

    I can't see anything on the site… i really want this pattern! :(

  69. Britney says:

    love it! went to download the pdf but nothing came up. help!

  70. Christy says:

    Oh my GOODness, I love this! I want to have a kid just so I can make it! ;)

  71. Rachel says:

    how cute is that?! it's so adorable!!

  72. momsmess says:

    My pdf only had 14 pgs. no pattern pieces, and now when I try to go back to the site to try again, it's not there at all. :(

  73. MommyInLove says:

    i cant tell you how perfect this is. my oldest daughter LOVES owls, and my youngest, penguins… i might adapt this and attempt a penguin. I'll post pictures if i do! Thanks for all the great tutes!

  74. Janna says:

    Just reloaded and I got the pattern pieces :)
    Thanks so much!
    I love it.

  75. Cara says:

    Hmmm, I still don't see the pattern pieces in the PDF, but I'll try back later today :0)

  76. Ashley says:

    Yes, the pattern pieces should now be added to the last few pages of the PDF. They fixed that right away…..sorry about that!

    And if the PDF is freezing up, try re-loading……maybe because it's a big file??

    Good luck and enjoy!


  77. Kim's Treasures says:

    He is the cutest ever!!! I'm going to make one for my friend's daughter's baby shower in blues and browns! Thank you so much for sharing!

  78. Tiffany says:

    Ok now I see the pattern pieces there, but every time I go to print it locks up my computer and then I get an error message. Anyone else having issues with this?

  79. Laree says:

    I downloaded the pdf – the pattern pieces are pages 14-16.

    This is so stinkin adorable! I'm not big into owls, but this one is worth it!

  80. craftywife says:

    That is too cute!

  81. Brenbren says:

    I would love to make one myself. Where do I find the pattern pieces?

  82. Tiffany says:

    Ok this is absolutely adorable!! And exactly what little miss needs in her owl room. Running out to get supplies right now..let's see..9 days till Christmas, I can abandon the rest of my to-do list right? Haha. Thanks for the tutorial, I love it!!

  83. Annie says:

    I have to make this! Keep owl ideas rolling, I'm gearing up to make an owl themed room for my little lady who adores them. Thanks!

  84. Anonymous says:

    I couldn't find the pattern pieces. This is going to look adorable with my daughter's room and her new big girl bed!

  85. Ashley says:

    Hmmmm…..I thought they were over there. I will check it out!

  86. Maz says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I've downloaded the pdf but there's no pattern pieces on it. Are they somewhere on the Sewing Republic website (or did I just miss something).

  87. kirsty says:

    Very cute! And I have to say I love those quilt covers, every time you post a pic of them they make me happy to look at.

  88. Rebekah says:

    LOVE it!

  89. cccris says:


  90. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition says:

    super cute!

  91. Karen says:

    How do you find the pattern pieces? Thanks!

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