audrey's owl

Oscar's little friend, Audrey, has a room decorated with owls and other birds.  Her mom loved these owl pillows at Pottery Barn Kids, but didn't love the price tag or the 3 month back-order wait, so I sewed one up.

It is kind of a combination of both styles - it has the body of the smaller pillow, and the funny long legs of the larger pillow.  The ribbon detail and embroidered chest feathers were my personal touch.  (confession:  I think I like mine better than the PB version!)  The owl is a pretty large size - the floral throw pillow behind it measures 16x16 inches.

Oscar was so sad to see the owl go!  He loves birds, too.  Remember the mobile I made for him?  To this day, he LOVES it.  He points to the birdies every time we walk into his room, and wants to touch them when I lift him out of his crib.  I have plans to enlarge the Spool bird pattern to make a giant one for snuggling.

Update:  Many of you have requested a tutorial for this pillow.  I'm sorry to say I won't do one for this project, because it is a blatant copy-cat.  If I had seen the PB owls and came up with something unique and different, that would be one thing.  But I tried to copy them point by point, which makes me feel icky about doing a tutorial.  Someone out there designed that pillow, and it wasn't me.  Hope you understand!

50 comments:

michele said...

that is SO.adorable. i <3 it!

rlynnbaker said...

yeah... i think the one you made is by far much cuter than the PB one. just saying.

Lucija said...

Really, really like it!

sharon said...

so cute!

Suzy D. said...

Jill,
they need your pattern!
much cuter than theirs.
love it.

Kristen said...

I think yours is cuter by far than the Pottery Barn ones - fabulous job!!

Stormie's Mommy said...

I love it! So cute!
Are you going to give a tutorial on it. Would love to make one for my daughter!

Erin said...

oh yes, a tutorial would be awesome - this is adorable! seriously am impressed you made this on your own!

Rachel said...

I like yours better too! Would love a tutorial. Always up for a new sewing project.

Melissa said...

super cute, i want an owl.

Kiasa said...

Yours is way cooler! But, really, are you surprised? I'm not. What a sweet gift!

Liliana said...

Oh my goodness! The owl you made is so much cuter than the one at PB. You are so talented! A tutorial would be awesome.

Sara said...

We have a bird themed bedroom too for our 1.5 yr old. A tutorial would be great!

Mama J said...

Super-duper adorable!!! I want one!

Lyndsay said...

PLEASE make a tutorial on this. It's too too cute. And you're right. It is better than the PBK one.

Becky said...

I agree with the need of a tutorial. I'd love to try and make one for my son!

inday_adin said...

OMG! It is so adorable. Good thing you did not have to buy the one from the store because I think the one u made is just adorable!

Melanie said...

confession: I like yours better too.

And my girls love that bird mobile I made too! I love that pattern.

Sara said...

OMG!!!!! I love it!!! I've had my eye on the pottery barn owls for awhile but yours is WAY cuter. Would you open up an Etsy shop already;)

www.savvystitcher.blogspot.com

Sophie-Lou-J said...

OMG! this is so cute. well done you !
please everyone who can follow me im desperate to share my textile projects with everyone who's interested.
thanks x

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Cole's Corner said...

SUPER CUTE!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Wow - you did a great job. That owl is super cute!

Amy said...

Yours is way better

Anonymous said...

Yeah, WAY better than PBK! -EJ-

Jill said...

Hi Jill,
I just wanted to say that I totally love your blog. It gives me so much inspiration! It initially caught my eye from a friend's blog inspiration list because my name is Jill too... but it has become my absolute favorite craft blog to read! Love your ideas and creativity. This owl is so cute. Thanks for writing about your creative adventures and including the rest of us in them! Keep up the amazing work!
:)
- Jill

Courtney said...

Love this Owl. It is so neat you can look at something and make your own pattern. I made a bird mobile as well for my God-daughter. You can check mine out on my craft blog
http://watchmesew.blogspot.com/2010/04/baby-bird-mobile.html
I just started showing off my crafts. So take a look when you get a chance.
Your blog is wonderful! thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

mamatamera said...

I love your owl! It is so much cuter than PBK's.

Anonymous said...

Yours is so much cuter! I agree that you need to make a tutorial. Please!

Kourtney said...

I just checked out the pb kids owls... your is soooo much cuter! Love it! Oscar(and friends) are so lucky to have you as a Mommy.

Cheri said...

Yup, way cuter than the PB version. Nice work!

My Everythings said...

that is freakin awesome.

Sara said...

Yours is much cuter! I've had the PB owls bookmarked for months...thinking I could do my own. My problem is that I'm not a softie maker...I have no idea how! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

clairebakescakes said...

I completely agree with you, yours are so much better than the ones at PB. I love it and it's beautiful, it's also a plus b'coz it's hand made :-) that's the special part.

Nicole said...

I like yours better too.

Nathan and Brooke LeBaron said...

It turned out awesome! When I saw the pb ones I thought about making one too...mine sure wouldn't have turned out that cute though!

Amber said...

This looks awesome, and is way cuter than the pottery barn ones. Audrey is lucky to have a friend with such a crafty mom!

Mary E. said...

how about, instead of posting a tutorial (because I can't yet make something like this anyway - haha), you could make one and sell it to me? would that be bad?? ;)

I am only half-joking...if you're game, I am too...message me on my blog: http://browniebitez.blogspot.com or at the email below... :)

Linda said...

Even before I read your comment in the post I was planning to say that your owl was cuter than the PB ones. So darling. Very creative!

Gift registry said...

It is so adorable. Fabulous!

Adrienne said...

That is a way cuter owl than the pottery barn version! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Please oh please make a tutorial for this!!!!

saskia said...

stinking adorable

Susan said...

Seriously, I don't think yours looks like the Pottery Barn ones. Yours is much much cutier. I wouldn't buy the pottery barn owls (sorry PB!), but yours, would in a heart beat. Great choices in fabric and excellent design. (even if you think it was a copy-cat)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

You always make such lovely things. And for the record, yours is WAY cuter than the PB ones!

Newburgh Restoration said...

Yours looks way better!

maureencracknell said...

I just found your blog - I did the same thing :
http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/03/fabric-plush.html

My daughter loves hers and it was really fun to make!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

love it! come and link up to making monday marvelous!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Totally, absolutely adorabe!I will have to see if I can come up with a pattern. I was planning on trying to do one for my daughter. She is expecting, and using owls. I had looked at the PB owls with the intent of making one. I know it will not be as wonderful as yours since I am an amateaur at best. Great job and thanks for sharing. Jackie

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