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Small pillow cushion of owls and muffins

I was 5 when I started sewing, I saw my great Sylvaine sister and my older brother leaving for school and I would sit in front of the sewing machine to make Barbie clothes. It was not beautiful and not so durable but I had this feeling of great girl and above all, driving a car. Yup, the pedal, it was quite an honor to be able to use it at that age LOL.

These small pillows are very easy to do, but of course you're going to need a sewing machine. But you could just as well use fabrics glue.

Coussins hiboux et muffins

Paper models:

You can print the following models by clicking on the images. Models are printed on a page of 8 X 10 letter format, readable with adobe pdf.

Modèle muffin 1 en pdf    Muffin pdf 2   Hiboux owl

You are going to need: 

  • A model printed on paper (or the 3),
  • 2 pieces of 12 inch X 12 inch fabrics (one for the front and to the rear),
  • A few pieces of different fabrics  (check prior models),
  • Colors thread for zig zag,
  • White thread to sew the cushion together (or whatever your 2 front and rear fabrics colors are),
  • Stuffing for quilted to fill.


You can attach the pieces with the "zig zag" feature depending on the sewing machine. In general, the most recent sewing machines has this functionality. My zig zag is not too good, so I prefer to use the "buttonhole" function, it works wonders.

I use the D setting on my buttonhole function, well simply because it goes forward, logical right ! 


  1. Trim the paper models above,
  2. Solid lines are cut in full (cut outside the black lines),
  3. Dashed lines are guides for the location of the upper fabric or inner zigzags.
  4. Follow the steps in the order of the letters on the paper template (Put A below, then B over, then C, and so on...)
  5. When the paper pieces are cut, use them as models to cut the fabric.
  6. Pin the paper piece on the fabric (with needles) and cut around.
  7. Keep the fabric with the paper until you are ready to sew. This way, if you lose a small piece, you won't get mixed up with the rest. (Or if you do all three at once for example)
  8. Then spread the pieces on your fabric without sewing to ensure that the first is well located (from the middle of your pillow). If the first part is too high, for example, you might wreck your project outside of the fabric where started.
  9. When you are comfortable with the location of each pieces, keep only A in place and then start sewing this piece. It is not necessary to zigzag parts that will be hidden underneath. Check for what part is visible.
  10. You can zigzag with several color if you feel like it. For example, the cake could be brown like chocolate and the icing pink. This way, you'll need a brown and  a pink thread. But the entire project can also be of the same color. In fact, I used three colors for my owls and only one for my muffins.

Here is a short video how to do the zig zag with buttonhole function. Sorry about the crapy video, it's not easy with just one hand. 

Simply follow the fabric, half inside, half outside.

Voilà! Continue with all parts in the order and you'll get quite amazing results. My girls loves it! A owls bedroom and a muffin bedroom.

I'll do a next article showing an awesome idea on how to a similar project with salvage fabrics.