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Make an Owl Pillow

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This easy pillow project is a hoot. Start by doing some simple stitchwork to a drop cloth, then paint an owl using a fun, downloadable stencil.

Owl pillow on couch

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Pillow form or old pillow to use as an insert
  • Sewing machine
  • Off-white thread
  • Scissors
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting surface


  • 4' x 5' canvas drop cloth (#197749)
  • Hobby brush set (#105657)
  • Valspar paint: Peat Moss (#W38012A), Meadowlands (#CI 38), Fireside (#CI 100), La Fonda Spice (#3003-5B)

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Project Resources


Step 1

From a washed and pressed drop cloth, cut the front 1" larger than the pillow form and the back 1" wider and 4" longer than the pillow form.

Step 2

Cut the back into two equal pieces along its width. Where each piece was cut, double-fold and sew 1/4" hems.

Step 3

Download the owl stencil and reduce or enlarge the pattern on a copier. Cut openings for the eyes, beak, and feathers with a crafts knife.

Step 4

Pin the stencils on the front piece of fabric and trace the designs. Paint the traced areas with the following colors:

  • Tree and eyes: Peat Moss
  • Leaves: Meadowlands
  • Body: Fireside
  • Face: La Fonda Spice

Step 5

When dry, lay the two back pieces on the front piece with the hems, facing out, near the center. Sew the pieces together using 1/2" seams. Turn the cover inside out to hide the seams and insert the pillow.