crochet owl pillow: the tutorial |Keeping it Real

Monday, April 13, 2015

crochet owl pillow: the tutorial


This is a project that was supposed to have been finished a long time ago, since it was intended as an Easter present for my daughter. But it was not meant to be. I ended up buying her a book instead and told her she would have her owl pillow as soon as possible.

Anyway, I managed to finish this little guy yesterday morning and I'm finally ready to share the tutorial. So here is the crochet owl pillow!


Want to make one? It's easy, no special crochet skills required and, if you're not me and don't have a million other things to do, you'll be able to put it together pretty quickly.

Here's the how-to. You'll need a pillow (rectangular shape works better in my opinion). I did not measure mine and I do not have it with me as I'm writing this, but if I had to guess I would say it's about 40 x 20 centimeters.

Other than that, three different colors of yarn (I used 100% cotton for this owl, but I'm making another - if my daughter has one, my son wants one too - with a totally different yarn, so choose what you feel comfortable with) and two buttons for the eyes.






Alternating the colors, crochet two rectangles long and wide enough to cover your pillow (sorry, some of the pictures were taken at night, so they're not as clear as the others).



Join the two rectangles together with a single stitch all around, keeping the pillow in between.





Now you have a crochet covered pillow. Set it aside for a while and crochet the eyes: two circles of the darkest shade of yarn you are using (in my case it was the grey) and two smaller ones in a contrasting color.





I made the larger circles with three rows of double crochet and one row of single crochet, and the smaller circles with two rows of double crochet and one row of single crochet. Depending on the actual size of your pillow, you may need to adjust measurements.

The idea is to have the eyes looking like this when you stack all layers (including the buttons):





Sew the buttons onto the smaller circle first, and then sew the smaller circle onto the larger one. When this is done, place the eyes where you want them on your pillow and sew them in place too.

Then, you'll need to crochet two additional circles for the wings (you can make them half circles but I think with a full circle you'll get more of a 3D effect) and a square for the beak.


The circles are made the same way as the ones for the eyes, with just one additional row of double crochet. To sew the wings, fold the circles in half and sew then (on the fold) to the sides of the pillow (sorry, I was frantically trying to get it finished at this stage, so I forgot to take pictures). I didn't sew the circles completely shut, so there is a sort of a small pocket in the wings (it's like you can hold hands with the owl...):














All that it's left at this point is the beak. Fold the crochet square in half, not quite aligning the edges (so that the top half is slightly smaller than the bottom one), and sew it in place onto the pillow. Again, if you don't sew the top half completely, your owl will be able to open its beak and hoot around (or maybe not):



And your owl is done!



Enjoy, 








38 comments:

  1. This is so cute! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Teresa,
    Yes I agree with everyone that this is adorable. Thanks for sharing now to make one!
    Julie xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for stopping by Julie, have a great week!

      Delete
  3. Hi Teresa! We just read your "About Me" page and are so excited that you live in Portugal! as owl lovers we are enthralled with your crocheted owl pillow - just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing out Something To Talk About Link Party!

    Vicki and Jennifer - 2 Bees in a Pod

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's times like these I wish I could crochet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You need to learn one of these days! I find crochet very relaxing.

      Delete
  5. I found you on sugarbeecrafts linky party and I seriously love this pillow! I am learning to crochet and it sure makes me want to learn quicker!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Shantel! Crochet is fun!

      Delete
  6. this is adorable! Glad I found you on Together on Tuesdays! I'm going to show this to my aunt, she crochets!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jody, have a great weekend!

      Delete
  7. That a cute pillow! I love the colors that you used, too :) Thanks for sharing your post at Together on Tuesdays!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi! I'm linking up from Let's Bee Social! I LOVE your owl and I know a little grand daughter that will just love one but I think I will miss the birthday as well - oh well ..... Thanks for sharing! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you pick a smaller pillow, it won't take you very long, you'll just have to adjust measurements! Have a wonderful weekend!

      Delete
  9. I love all things owls, this pillow is adorable! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday morning!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Joy, owls are a favorite in our house too!

      Delete
  10. Wonderful tutorial for making an Owl Pillow. It is just adorable. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Kimberly, it's always a pleasure to link up to your parties!

      Delete
  12. Woah this looks so great!
    Thanks for linking up to #BigTopBlogParty

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is so cute! I have a 9 year old granddaughter that would love it. I really need to try to crochet again. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Crochet is great, you should really get back into it! Thank you for stopping by!

      Delete
  14. This is super cute...my grandaughter would love it!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! I hope to see you again tomorrow ... I love having you!! Pinned!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Elaine, have a great weekend!

      Delete
  15. Cute crochet owl pillow! I love owls, and your used great colors!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Sorry it took me so long to reply to this, but I visited your blog and I'm your newest follower!

      Delete
  16. Thank you for sharing at my link your stuff party last week.
    You are welcome to join us again this week.

    ReplyDelete
  17. we are featuring this adorable pillow in our April edition of the Free Crochet Patterns from Snickerdoodle Sunday! http://2crochethooks.com/snickerdoodle-sunday-free-patterns-april/

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...