Nite Owls Pillow Tutorial

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Today I have a fast and easy tutorial for a quilted pillow that has cute owls and flying geese blocks in it. I couldn’t wait to play work with a cute bundle of Nite Owls fabric by Judy Hansen. I don’t know about you but…..I love owls…..especially cute ones!

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

18″ x 18″


This tutorial is for a fast and easy 18-inch pillow using the following colors.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

I received a fat quarter bundle of all the fabrics in the line and also a 1/2 yard piece for my pillow back.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Focal print: Owls – ½ yard for front squares and the back of the pillow
Fat quarters – dark orange, light orange, yellow, light purple, and dark purple

Cutting Instructions:

Owl print fat quarter
Cut (5) 6 ½” x 6 ½” squares

Light Orange print
Cut (4) 2 ½” strips x WOF
Subcut (24)  2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Dark Orange print, Light purple print, and yellow print
Cut (1) 2 ½” x WOF strip from each color
Subcut (4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

Dark Purple print
Cut (1) 6 ½” x WOF
Subcut (8) 1 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles

Sew all seams with a ¼” seam allowance

Each block will be made with 3 easy to make flying geese sections. Start with (6) light orange 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares and mark a diagonal line on them. In the following photo I am using the yellow rectangle, do the same with the dark orange and light purple. Place the light orange square on the rectangle.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Stitch on your marked line, trim, and press. Then continue adding the other square.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Directional fabrics can be tricky. Sometimes it helps to fold your square back and lay in on the rectangle to make sure the orientation is correct before stitching.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Each block will have 3 different color flying geese sections and also 2 of the dark purple strips.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Sew your flying geese sections together and then add the dark purple 1 ½” x 6 ½” strips to the sides.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Make four finished blocks.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Layout your blocks as shown below with the owl print squares and sew the rows together.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

Here is the pieced pillow top.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial


When I got my pillow top all pieced I realized something didn’t look right…..I had planned to have the dark orange flying geese blocks.I actually like this better but……I wasn’t going to rip it all out as it is still cute.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial
Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial


I added an 18″ x 18″ square of batting and backing to my pillow top and then quilted it. 

I also did an envelope-style closure on the back.

  • Cut one piece 19″ x 14″ and the other 19″ x 11″ for my overlap.
  • Press under ¼” on one of the 19″ sides of each piece and then press another 1″ and topstitch.
  • Watch the direction of the owl print.
  • Over lap the pieces and place right side down on top of the pillow top and then sew all around the piece.

Here is the finished pillow. I have a granddaughter who loves purple and owls! I’m sure this will go to her house.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

I just had to include this photo……you can’t tell the size and if I didn’t know better……I would think it was a pin cushion!

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed the fast and easy tutorial for this cute pillow. This is an 18-inch pillow.

Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial

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155 Comments

  1. I just made my first pillows a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I like making mini quilts but don't really have a place to hang them so making them into pillows is much more practical. Thanks!

  2. Too cute! I have made a quilted pillow or two in my time. I just ordered owl fabric for a baby quilt request..this line is SO much cuter!

  3. What fun fabric and such a cute pillow! Pillows are fun to make and are great gifts that can be used in just about any room in the house! Porch or patio too!

  4. I made 7 large ones with ruffle for my couch and 4 small ones for decoration. They turned out great and I shocked myself that they look so good..so..non-handmade!

  5. Well, I have made a hand-pieced block (Texas star with a Texas applique in the middle) that will make a beautiful pillow, and I've bought the fabric to make the pillow back, and the pillow insert but it is still a UFO, sadly. Need to "get 'er done!"

  6. I have never made a pillow but I do have a pin cushion that looks like one that a friend made for me.

  7. I've made several quilted pillows. It's how I practice with quilt designs, although all with a walking foot, no free motion yet!

  8. Oops. Sorry had to delete the first comment.

    LOVE this pillow Connie! Really like the way you separated the Owls by the quilt blocks. Looks great!

    I've made a few pillows in the past, but none were quilted and nowhere as nice looking as those you make.

  9. Yes! I love making pillows! It's a great way to try a new block out or fabric. I use them in my home and change them up frequently.

  10. I've never made a quilted pillow but after seeing how cute these owls are, I am going to have to make one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Quilted pillow shams make great gifts and I have made a few:)
    I like your hooty pillow, especially that the yellow landed in the middle!

  12. I've quilted 1 pillow and intend to do more. My granddaughter loves owls, and these would not be an exception.

  13. your pillow is wonderful. I just love those owls. I just finished four civil war pillows for our son and daughter in law. My husband and I made them a civil war quilt (cv war pattern blocks from Barbara Brackmans book "Civil War Sampler" and cv war fabrics) for their wedding. they are huge cv war re-enactors. so since I had four blocks that didn't make it into the quit, I quilted them into pillows for Christmas. It was a lot of fun. my first pillows actually. in fact I had so much fun making the pillows I made my sister a pillow for a hostess gift for hosting Thanksgiving at her house this year.

  14. Cute pillow! I have made quilted pillows as gifts–have yet to make one to keep. Thanks for a chance to win this cute fabric!

  15. I do follow Inspired by Fabric by email and left a comment on their site also. They always share great tutorials and show great fabric as inspirations! Thank you again for sharing your tutorials and inspiring ideas! Have a wonderful creative day!

  16. I have made several quilted pillows; they make wonderful gifts for anyone and usually go together fairly quick. I really enjoyed the tutorial on Inspired by Fabric and especially the fussy cut owls; they just stood out so perfectly. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win this great fabric (I love owls). Have a wonderful creative day!

  17. I have made several pillows. However they have all been given away! The kidlets I watch like to play with my throw pillows and think its their job to remove them from couch and chair as soon as they arrive! So I wait to recover those till I no longer watch kids! But I love that pillows are a quick satisfying finish!!

  18. Fabulous way to use large scale novelty prints. I love novelty prints, but have trouble using them for anything other than tote bags. Now I know what to do with my novelty scraps! Thank you for sharing such a great idea!

  19. We have odd shaped pillows on our small couch, and I make seasonal covers for all of them. It's better than buying new pillows!

  20. I have made several pillow covers, but none of them have been quilted ones! Yes, I do have some on my to-do list because I love the look!

  21. I have not made a quilted pillow, but I have made a quilt block in to a pillow. Love your pillow, too!

    Sandy A

  22. I did check out your excellent tutorial. This is a fun and fabulous pillow. Thank you as always Connie for sharing your excellent style. Happy OWLoween…

  23. LOOOOVE your Pillow! (thanks for sharing the Tutorial too) I have made a few quilted pillows…but very simple…and couldn't hold a candle to yours! Yours is AWESOME!

  24. I have made several quilted pillows lately. I have used complex paper pieced blocks for the fronts and quilted them heavily. I don't usually do a lot of dense quilting on bigger projects but for something as small as a pillow it was manageable and fun! Your pillow is so cute, I just want to make my own!

  25. I'm not much of a pillow person but really love your owl pillow. I love the colors you chose to go with it. Thanks for the pattern.

  26. Quilted pillows are my favorite quilting projects — I have three finished and in the wings for Christmas gift giving.

  27. I have not made a pillow but I have made a few quilts for my grandkids. I only sew in the winter because in the other seasons I love being out of doors.

  28. I have helped my granddaughter and grandson (ages 8 and 6) make quilted pillows. They picked out fabrics and I helped them sew and quilt the pillow. Lots of fun.

  29. I commented on IbF. One of the first things I ever "quilted" was a pillow, made from a fabric that I layered with batting and backing, then stitched around the large peacock print. Gave it to my new MIL 45 years ago for our first married Christmas and she still had it when she passed away.

  30. Oh yes, I have made many many quilted pillows! The next on the list is actually two huge ones, one each for my dogs. Their beds need sprucing up!

  31. I do make lots of quilted pillows and think your owl pillow is just so cute Connie…love how the yellow flying geese highlight the owls in the center of the pillow!!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

  32. Love the combination of the Flying "Owls" with the print. This is a cute line of fabrics. Great tutorial. Thanks Connie.

  33. I visited and commented on Inspired by Fabric. The is an wonderful giveaway as I love owls and have had the opportunity to photograph a few.

  34. This is a really cute pillow. I've made quilted pillows several times and they are fun to do. I happen to have a piece of owl fabric I bought quite some time ago for the simple reason that it was so cute. I might use your tutorial and turn it into a pillow. It won't be like yours, but I think it would still be cute.

  35. Just checked out your tutorial. love the pillow and the instructions look like it would be easy to make. thanks for the chance to win

  36. I follow Inspired By Fabric on Bloglovin. I love all their wonderful ideas and fabrics!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  37. Love your pillow! I have been following along on the hop and everything is just so cute!
    I made a quilted pillow last year to March a quilt I gave my mom. I really should make more; they are so quick and easy.

  38. Ooooo those owls are a hoot!! 🙂
    Yup made lots of pillows – livingroom is full of them! Yours is very nice!

  39. Darling fabric and you can never go wrong with flying geese blocks. This made a very cute pillow. Will one of your granddaughters call "dibs" on this one?

  40. You know I always look forward to seeing your newest creations and this one is no exception. It's so cute and I have made a quilted pillow or ten before.

  41. I love looking at everyone else's small projects (pillows, mug rugs, table runners, etc) however, I have never made a pillow or any other 'small' project. My first quilt project was a lap quilt and that is all I have made since. Although, I do have plans for a few bigger quilts. Thanks for the chance, such a cute line of fabric.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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