February 16 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Owl Softie by Star, my tiny star

Star made this owl softie from her original pattern and some Amy Butler fabric. We’re pretty sure anything goes with softies; you just need to create a creature that makes you happy. We especially love softies made from children’s drawings, like these from Lizette Greco.

Softies we love (and here’s a gigantic photo pool for you to browse too). Although we don’t have a pattern for this exact little owl, for related tutorials try here, here and here. The softie world is huge… Here’s a newer blog with some great softie-making resources, and here is Softies Central.

Share your softie link in the comments below, or point us all to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Pink!

Add pictures of your fat quarter projects to our Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool. Share your stash photos in our Fabric Stash & Storage pool.

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208 Responses to February 16 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. 4vs1 says:

    I was just looking last night for softee patterns to make my girls softees for Valentines! Some great ideas here!!! 🙂

  2. orangesugar says:

    This owl is adorable! The pattern is for sale in her etsy shop


  3. Oh how I love this blog! Such inspiration and ideas brewing in my mind!!!

  4. Danielle D says:

    i must confess….owls creep me out (althought that one is cute). but i would love to make some fun softies for my daughther. but not an owl ::shudders::: lol

  5. Sarah K says:

    Gorgeous! I just wished there was a pattern available for this adorable little guy.

  6. Rachel says:

    So cute!! I love all these projects!

  7. Michelle says:

    Such great fabric for a cute little owlie!

  8. Katie S says:

    This little guy is so cute!

  9. Ronda says:

    I love softies they are so cute for young and old alike.

  10. Jane says:

    Whoo what a cute owl. I love it.

  11. Heather B says:

    The owl is too cute!

  12. Stine says:

    I. Need. Owls…. I love owls, can’t get enough… Can always make one more 🙂

  13. Hooray! A fabric give-away! Got my first sewing machine for Christmas this year, and I’m working hard to build up a stash. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. AWWWWWWWWW! So cute, it’s painful!

  15. stacy says:

    This owl is adorable! Definitely one of my favorite fat quarter projects.

  16. BethieB says:

    I am so so in love with softies and making them! I made my niece a patchwork whale that she loves to pieces, and my nephew is soon going to be receiving a birdie. This owl is adorable and I can’t wait to check out all the links. Thanks for another great project SMS!

  17. Jennifer Fraunfelder says:

    What a cutie … I love owls and this one is such a doll. Nice fabric selection as well.

  18. Liliana says:

    This owl is soooo cute!!!

  19. Meg says:

    Adorable! I love the idea of making softies and donating them. (thanks for the link, Bethany!) One more project for my give-it-a try list!

  20. Corvus says:

    That is painfully cute.

  21. Sandy says:

    that owl is freaking adorable!!

  22. Tracy says:

    Now I must make a plushie! Thanks!

  23. Brittany says:

    This is so stinkin’ cute!

  24. Kate says:

    Cool topic of the month, I think experimenting with fat quarters would be interesting. Please enter me into the contest.


  25. donna says:

    LOVE all things owl!!!!!

  26. Kate M. says:

    I made my little cousin a Scotty dog softie for Christmas. It’s very easy– only five pieces to cut out, and if you use felted wool, no need to bother with seam allowances and turning. Here is the link:


  27. Christi (sugarscrap) says:

    I love this owl…i am definitely going to see if i can do this. my lil one will love it..

  28. Jayme says:

    Cutest owl ever!

  29. Kate says:

    Ooooh! My toddler just adores owls. I need to get busy!

  30. Shanna says:

    So cute!

  31. Heather Harris says:

    I’m new to your blog and love it! This Owl is adorable. Owls are so popular right now and this will make a great gift!! Thanks! Heather

  32. oooOOOOo this owl is so cute! I’m a beginner in sewing and I’m loving it!

  33. Donna Ehle says:

    Whooo would ever thought of making an owl out of fat quarters!

    I’ve done birdies, but now I have to do bunnies (Sewing Savvy March edition) and owls!

  34. angela says:

    I love this post and all the inspiration!!! I’m ready to tackle some for myself. the owl is adorable! THANKS!

  35. Stacy says:

    That is so cute. I still have the monkey on my to make list…

  36. Christy says:

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorials!

  37. Nova says:

    oh my! He is toooooooo cute!

  38. Auntie Pete says:

    This is so cute. I wish there was a pattern available.

  39. Wendy says:

    Love the owl!

  40. Alisa says:

    I love the owl. Softies are fun to make! I like the elephant in Last Minute Patchwork gifts by Joelle Halverson.

  41. Malea says:


    Thank you so much! I’ve been searching for a while – this will be perfect, I’m going to start this weekend!

  42. Tammy :) says:

    This is so cute! Thanks for the softie-making resource sites.

  43. Bette M. says:

    Love the owl!!! He would make an awesome pin cushion. Totally love this blog too 🙂

  44. How precious is that?~! I

  45. Karissa says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the link to Softie Making–that’s a new and useful one for me!

  46. Mary Ann M says:

    This is the cutest owl ever!

  47. Kim says:

    what a great gift idea!

  48. Grace says:

    love it.

  49. Pam says:

    This may be a good project to try with my daughters. It is too cute. Thank you.

  50. Karen H says:

    This little owl is so cute!

  51. Jenny says:

    So many great ideas. Thanks for the links!

  52. Jody says:

    Cutest owl ever, they always remind me of my MamMaw!

  53. Mandy Court says:

    I love this little owl. I love making softies and I am always looking for new inspiration. Thanks for this.

  54. Shelley C says:

    What a cutie! Owls seem to be the ‘in’ thing lately…they are popping up everywhere. Will have to give this little guy a try…my newest grandbaby might like a softie to cuddle with.

  55. Angela says:

    Love this owl! Thanks for all the work you do to find such cute projects!

  56. Marilyn says:

    I love this idea!

  57. Heidi says:

    There is a wonderful elephant pattern here:
    Not the horse/elephant combo, but the other one.
    All the softies on that page are great!

  58. Ramona says:

    The owl is so cute and the links were wonderful. Thanks as always.

  59. Dot says:

    The daily projects continue to be inspiring. I share them with the new sewers I assist with at the quilt shop where I work parttime. They find these small projects produce grreat results and do not overwhelm them. Many thanks to all who are contributing.

  60. Charity says:

    I’m pregnant with my first child. My knitting mojo has disappeared, but has been replaced by sewing fever. Unfortunately my sewing skills are quite as developed as my knitting skills – but I’m learning. I am really enjoying the fat quarter projects (all new to me) and look forward to making a softie owl for our baby Hoot.

  61. Christy says:

    That is absolutely adorable!!!

  62. Valerie says:

    It’s those big eyes, he’s so sweet!

  63. Dawn-Marie says:

    That owl is too cute!!!!

  64. Lori says:

    Oh those are so cute, I’ve never tried softies before. I’ll have to add the to the list!

  65. Hannah says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial sources. I just love softies. 😀

  66. Catalina says:

    your links and tutorial ar always great! Thank you!

  67. Sibylle says:

    oops my comment got eaten by the system, it seems :/ Had some links to elephant patterns 🙁

  68. mojoandco says:

    Cute owl! Now for exploring the Softies group in Flickr that you linked to!!

  69. tara boos says:

    I have made many softies for my kids, and i think i end up loving them more than my kids. I enjoy seeing other people’s works of art.

  70. Khristina says:

    This owl is just adorable. Love him..Khris

  71. Violet says:

    Thanks for the great resources.

  72. Cath says:

    Oww! It’s amazing! Way too cute =D

  73. Shellyfish says:

    Thanks for the idea & link! This is a great softie and a fun little project!

  74. Anna says:

    The owl is fantastic! 🙂

  75. Lisa says:

    I would love to make a softie from my kids’ drawings–they just draw so darn small! Tiny robots and aliens all the time! Need some pink fat quarters to make more dolls for my girls–pick me!!

  76. Emily says:

    I am loving the current owl trend! I haven’t made any softies yet, but what great way to make good use of those little bits that I can’t bear to toss! I love pink and fat quarters are perfect for making bags!

  77. Jess says:

    I’m ridiculously excited that you’re doing FQ projects!

  78. Christy says:

    That owl is the cutest! Thanks for posting all these great tutorials and inspiration.

  79. Shannon says:

    Love the cute owl!! I also love the color pink (I have two girls)!!

  80. Jen Lair says:

    Ah, I found you again. Love the owl

  81. Allison says:

    Your projects for fat quarters are great. Thanks for all of the ideas.

  82. Lynn says:

    I just ordered a new machine. When it gets here, I can’t wait to start working on some great softies! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  83. Regina says:

    Super cute owl! Love it!!

  84. Kimberly says:

    The owl is so cute!! I love the fabrics she used on it too.

  85. Aimee says:

    That owl is too cute! I have an aunt who adores owls and I think I’ll have to make an owl softie for her. Thank you!

  86. Michelle says:

    Great little owl!

  87. Amorette says:

    softies are my fave craft- felt, fabric, anything! they will brighten anyone’s day, adult or kid!

  88. Baba says:

    He looks adorable in these fabrics!

  89. Libby says:

    Cute, Cute, Cute. A great job.

  90. Sarah says:

    love that owl! hope Star considers putting together a tutorial for us!

  91. kaley smith says:

    this is what im learning to make! we have a second daughter coming in march, and her room is an owl type them. im hoping for the Pink Mix Fat Quarter Pack to make that all possible!!! of course the owls will be pink!!!

  92. Karen says:

    I love that little owl. I am going to try my hand at making softies!

  93. craftytammie says:

    he’s so sweet and i want him!

  94. Dani says:

    Oh my gosh, so darn cute!

  95. brittany says:

    that owl is too cute! i would like one… but not for my son, for me!

  96. Keri Ronk says:

    So cute! I cant wait to make one for the nursery!

  97. Serena says:

    Such a cute owl.

  98. Skulleigh says:

    Wait, I take that back 🙂 I made a walrus softie in home ec in middle school many many moons ago! 🙂

  99. Skulleigh says:

    The only softie I’ve made before was the wee bunny from Wee Wonderfuls: http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/store/wee-bunny.html

    I want to make some more softies and do a Toy Society drop (http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/)

  100. Lorien says:

    That little owl is just hooting to be snuggled! I’m glad that owls are making a comeback…

  101. Stacey says:

    That’s really cute!

  102. Melissa says:

    That owl is so cute!

  103. Lisa says:

    What a charming little owl! Pink fat quarters would be perfect as I am working on a pink quilt currently.

  104. Harley says:

    I love softies! Who knew as an adult I would be falling in love with stuffed animals all over again 🙂

  105. Mam says:

    What a sweet toy!

  106. Jan says:

    That is adorable!

  107. Paula says:

    Pink is my daughter’s favorite colour so I had to enter this one! Thanks for the great ideas!

  108. Jane Bissell says:

    I am tickled pink with all the yummy fat quarter inspiration!

  109. julia says:

    Oh, how I looove him!! So very adorable!!

  110. kristy says:

    thanks for such cute ideas constantly!

  111. Michelle says:

    Oh, man, what a cutie owl! Love it, she did such a great job.

  112. JaneR says:

    Mr Owl is a cutie! I have never been one to make stuffed animals…but this one convinces me that era is over. Thank you for the links!

  113. Sarah says:

    I absolutely love this owl!! I will have to search through those links – I haven’t ventured too far into the world of softies but love all the great ideas!

  114. lynn whelan says:

    Ooh, I’m too scared to attempt something like that but he sure is adorable.
    nd pink fat 1/4’s? Sounds great!!!

  115. Emily S says:

    I totally love it!! Definitely going into my “keeps” file.

  116. adrienne says:

    Softies have been on my list of things to so for so long! Excellent information, tutorials and inspirations! =]

  117. Susan says:

    AWWW! That owl is sooo cute…now I need to find an excuse to make him!

  118. katie says:

    Oh, so cute! I’m going to have to dive into my fabric stash to see if I have anything that would work to make one of these guys.

  119. Casey says:

    super cute owl! I made some bunnies for my daughters out of 2 fat quarters 🙂

  120. Tera says:

    What an adorable little owl!!!

  121. jenniferW says:

    I’ve been wanting to try these — I have a slew of baby gifts to make, and softies are so perfect! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  122. Eva says:

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I love owls!!!! I am excited to make one! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  123. Suzi says:

    How sweet. I love softies made with a mixture of fabrics rather than trying to make it look like the actual animal. So cute!!!

  124. J. Harmon says:

    I have been wanting to make a softie, this is the push that I needed to get me started!

  125. Shannon says:

    This owl is so adorable! I love him and I know my daughter would love him even more.

  126. Suzy says:

    That owl is so cute! Owls are really popular right now.

  127. lesley says:

    oh this owl is so so cute! perfect for a baby gift.

  128. gina snyder says:

    Love, Love Love the owl!!! I need to make a few! I would love to win the pink pack as pink is my color!!


  129. Nicole says:

    My daughter’s animal of the week (perhaps month this time) is owls and this little fella is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration and now it’s off to the stash I go!

  130. Ariane says:

    Love the little softie and all the fat quarter projects this month. Thanks for sharing. It gives me lots of projects to put on my to do list.

  131. amy says:

    Too bad no pattern for that owl. It’s adorable!

  132. Jennifer says:

    This owl is just so cute – love it!

  133. Lola Jo says:

    Ooh, that is really cute! I wish my kids played with softies. Maybe I could make a few for myself!

  134. Karen says:


  135. Kara B says:

    I love owls! He is adorable! I made my 8 month old an owl for Valentine’s Day, but its nowhere near as cute as this!

  136. Rachel says:

    Love this owl! (and this blog!)

  137. Tina says:

    Oh my goodness. I love this little guy. I’ve never made a softie before, just crocheted little animals. I might need to start with this one!

  138. stacie says:

    Love all the softies! I have been wanting to make some “dolls” for my kids, but the boys are feeling left out since all I can find are dolls. The monster tutorial is very cute!

  139. Clara says:

    This owl is adorable. I love the mix of fabrics.

  140. Anne says:

    What a cute owl – wish there were a pattern for it – pink fabric – the best.

  141. Em says:

    I do believe I have fallen in love with that little owl. The best thing about softies is that you can make them out of any little scraps you might happen to have, and they’ll still turn out adorable.

  142. count me in. That is a darn cute owl.

  143. Amy says:

    cute owl! Softies are a fun project!

  144. Jodie says:

    I love that owl! I’ve been toying with the idea of making a softie, but didn’t have a clue where to start. Thanks for the links and resources… I’m adding this to my list of projects.

  145. Toby says:

    I absolutely love this!

  146. wendy says:

    How cute is that owl!!!
    Thanks for the links too 🙂

  147. Rebecca C says:

    ADORABLE! cant wait to try this!!

  148. Wow, I love the idea of using favorite prints in a softie – super cute owl!

  149. Jon says:

    It’s raining in the desert and I’m cooped up inside. Looks like I’ve found a project to keep me occupied. Great links, too.

  150. kara says:

    Love that owl!!! Wish there was a tutorial for that!

  151. Rebecca says:

    So Cute! I can’t wait to make one!

  152. Ellen Lamb says:

    I’ve never made Softies before . . . but I’m definitely going to try this cute little owl! Tonight is Craft Night with the girls, so I’m going to stop by the store and stock up!

  153. Liz says:

    So precious! I hope I can make one for my new little niece.

  154. Southern Gal says:

    Oh, how cute!

  155. Michelle Lyn says:

    I loved the links especially… I’ve never made a softie but they are so cute maybe I’ll give it a try

  156. Katie says:

    This is adorable! I love plush toys, always have.

  157. Lydia says:

    This owl is adorable!! Think we could talk Star into creating a tutorial?? Pretty please???!

  158. Dorrie says:

    I love little hootie! I’m working on one right now from the latest edition of Sew Simple Magazine
    (v. 11). I’m using wools in cool blue, green and cream.

  159. Pam says:

    I would love that owl pattern!

  160. Krista says:

    This owl is adorable, my kids would love it! So glad I found your website. Thx for sharing!

  161. Vicki says:

    That is really darn cute.

  162. Christy says:

    These are so cute. I have a niece and nephew who would love one of these owls.

  163. Becky Kallhoff says:

    I love that owl! So many new ideas for fat quarters (and scraps!). Thanks for the softie links!

  164. juliecache says:

    we have a niece’s bday party on sunday. i’ll be whipping one up today! Thanks for the idea.

  165. Sarah Lee says:


  166. Amy says:

    These tutorials and links are great. My daughter is going to be so happy!

  167. Donnie says:

    Love the owl! Reminds me of quiet times w/my Mother when I was a little girl.

  168. Kara says:

    This is the cutest little owl ever! Thanks for the post.
    millkara [at] gmail.com

  169. I am to embarrassed about the lack of order in my fabric closet to let you see it – but I am interested in seeing what everybody else has in their closets and how they keep organized. I don’t! I make effordless tries to fix the fabric i nice heaps, but when I want to start another project I have to try so many of the fabrics out and check them against the others, and then I’m eager to get cutting and sewing so I leave the mess for … well, I should call it later, but it’s closer to the truth to say “until I feel like taking care of it” – and that might be days or even weeks. See my problem? Second problem is all the stuff I’ve got, notions and embellishments all over my sewing room, not to mention the amount of books and the much bigger amount of quilting magazines. All are in order, but they are soooo many … not that I want to loose a single issue, I just am blind about how to get this room in order. I’m always a bit ashamed when someone comes over, but I admit to kind of enjoying the mess as I think that is one of the things that helps me find creativity inside …

    Agneta in Sweden

  170. Lindsey says:

    I love the softies in that link. Very cool.

  171. Lynn says:

    Adorable. I may have to jump into the world of softies!

  172. Carol says:

    What a cute little guy. I may have to try one of these for my daughter’s birthday! Some pink fat quarters would be about perfect for that!

  173. Anya T. says:

    Cute! Thanks for the info.

  174. Jen says:

    I am in love with owls right now. I can’t believe how cute this one is. I think that my house is going to be filled with owl softies very soon.

  175. Emily says:

    I also wish there was a pattern for it, but I guess I’ll just have to take the inspiration and make a pattern of my own. That is the idea behind softies anyways, right? Thanks so much for sharing!!

  176. Kristen L says:

    That is a WAY cute owl! I love it! Adding it to my long “to-do” list. 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  177. That owl is so darn adorable! I love making softies 🙂

  178. Deanne says:

    It would be fun to have this owl peeking down at me over my sewing table. Making softies from your children’s drawings is a wonerful idea.

  179. Aimee says:

    oh so cute…..I haven’t made any softies yet,…..definitely need to venture into that area of crafting……I would LOVE some pink fat quarters too 🙂

  180. Donna says:

    I LOVE softies!!!
    That owl is too cute!
    Thank you for all the links,I have most of them saved to go through later.
    The Amy Butler fabric makes it perfect.

  181. Vanessa says:

    What a cute owl! I am quite tempted to make one of these myself. Thanks for the great ideas!

  182. Katie says:

    That’s so cute!

  183. Liz says:

    oh squeeeeeal! he’s so cute!

  184. Alice S says:

    This is ADORABLE!!! I’m adding it to my “to-do” list.

  185. Michele says:

    Very cute owl! I wish that there was a pattern to buy for it!

  186. Bethany says:

    Check out http://www.thetoysociety.blogspot.com/ to find new homes for your softies. I’m not affiliated with this movement in any way except for the fact that I love the project and have made a “drop” of my own. The owl is incredibly cute! I might have to make one to drop for the toy society!

  187. Joy says:

    Thanks for adding another bookmark to my ever-growing list of things I want to make! The owl is so cute!

  188. Debbie L says:

    Love this owl! Thanks for all the great links!

  189. Malea says:

    Does anyone have suggestions of where to find a pattern for an elephant softie? I would really appreciate it! This owl is adorable!

  190. Annie says:

    I love that owl! Can’t wait to try it.

  191. taramisew says:

    That is the cutest!!!

  192. Christy says:

    What great ideas! Thanks for sharing the links and sources.

  193. kristine hanson says:

    love the softies!

  194. Emma Niesl says:

    sometimes you just want to win!

  195. Elizabeth says:

    Love the owl – I’ve just recently started trying to make my own softies, thanks for passing on such great tutorials!

  196. Natalie says:

    The owl is hoot. Wouldn’t a nest full be adorable?

  197. alisha says:

    The softies made from kids’ drawings are so sweet. I love this idea.

  198. Shannon says:

    This owl is so cute! I love the fabrics. Thanks for the link to the big softie flickr page, there is so much to see there, I am inspired.

  199. Michelle says:

    *swoon* Love that little owly!

  200. Amanda H says:

    I can’t wait to have little kids to make softies for! Love Pink too 🙂

  201. Emily says:

    That’s too cute! I love the owl. I need to get working on some of my own!

  202. He is such a cutie! I love it!

  203. Shawna says:

    That owl is too cute!! I have been thinking about trying to make a softie for a while.

  204. Kandilion says:

    AWWWWWWWWW that brought a smile to my face. I haven’t tried a softie yet, but that’s just too adorable to resist!

  205. Danielle says:

    I love making softies!

  206. Heidi says:

    That owl is the most adorable thing in the entire world! And, my favorite color is pink, so I’ve got my fingers crossed!!

  207. Megan says:

    That is a really cute little owl!

  208. Denice says:

    so excited to find your blog. i am teaching my 8 yo daughters to sew this year and lots of your projects will be perfect for them! thanks.

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