Owl cute is this?!!

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.ca

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Whooo doesn’t love a good pun, right?

Well, I’ll tell you what I do love… owls! I’ve been making a lot of patterns lately with owls – sewing and knitting.

So when I saw this pattern on the Minerva website, I couldn’t resist giving it a try!

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI decided to make a pillow out of the 14 x 14 pattern – and actually made the background larger so my pillow is 18 x 18.

I selected a lovely grouping of pinks to play with for this pattern. It’s so fun and cheery!

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI’ve done a few appliqué sewing projects before. There are a couple of different ways to go about it. After trying two or three methods, I have found that turned edge appliqué is my favourite. It might take a little longer, but I love the way it turns out.

I used a feasible interfacing that dissolves after it is washed for this particular project. I ironed the interface to my pieces of fabric first. Then I cut between a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance that I turned over and pressed with my iron.

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI used this new little tool for this project.

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI used it to score the edges of my fabric before I turned the edges under to press. It definitely made it easier to fold and iron.

Then I pinned everything into place. You could also transfer the entire pattern onto your fabric. But because I was using a larger piece as my backdrop, I decided to freestyle it a bit.

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI use a blind-stitch for my turned edges. Using the feasible interfacing and having the edges already turned helps the process move along more smoothly.

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caThis adorable little pattern came together very quickly. And I love the fabric for the back of the pillow. I measured an 18 x 18 inch square from this sweet flower pattern. With right sides together I sewed all the way around, leaving a 3 to 4 inch opening to turn right side out. I filled it with a fluffy fibre fill and then closed with a blind stitch.

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caI’m talon you… isn’t this just the cutest?! (Yes, I did it again).

Owl Pillow Applique @ willcookforshoes.caOwl definitely be making this pattern again! (I’m done now with the puns. Promise!)

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