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Friday, January 10, 2014

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow

Written by: Cathy Carroll, Vintage Paint and more...

I have been working with drop cloth fabric a lot
have found I am totally in love with the final look -
Much like rustic linen.
It has so much texture and when combined with lace is beautiful.
I was working on a couple of projects
decided to make an owl pillow for one of my granddaughters.
Owl pillows are all the rage right now
one made of drop cloth just seemed to make sense to me.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - owl made from drop cloth fabric with lace embellishement and big black button eyes.

I think he is so adorable
And, he was extremely easy to make.
My sister owns a fabric shop -
Fabric Plus in Wood River, Illinois
has an Etsy shop
she sells all sorts of beautiful fabrics, laces, appliques and accessories.
Right before Christmas she sent me a package of goodies
told me to have fun creating.
If you read my blog much you know that is my favorite thing to do.
I sat down with the items and began to play with them.
I came up with the owl pillow above as my first project.

I started with a free handed pattern I drew.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - making the pattern for the owl...

I folded an 8x11" piece of paper in half and drew the outline of
a primitive owl
that would be easy to sew.
I also added the eyes and wings where I thought they would be placed.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - cut out drop cloth pattern

I then cut the basic shape out of a piece of drop cloth fabric left over from
my other projects at Christmas.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - lace wings with buttonhole trim sewn to sides of pattern

Then I hand sewed on two wings made from one lace medallion.
It was fairly symmetrical so I was able to 
get two out of one piece.
Then the buttonhole looping I have been using for all sorts of projects
was pulled out to trim around the wings.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - eyebrows made from pieces of lace and eyes are two large black buttons

Then I took the left over pieces and was able to come up with two "eyebrows".
I happened to have two large black buttons
that were perfect for the eyes and sewed them on.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow - beak made from leftover triangle of lace

There was a little triangle of lace left over so 
I used it for the beak.
It was perfect.

Drop Cloth Owl Pillow-completed owl pillow with lace embellishments and big black button eyes  on blue plaid blanket

I then sewed the two pieces together leaving the bottom open and trimmed the seams.
I stuffed it with polyester fiber fill
then hand sewed the bottom together.

This is the finished pillow.
I love the drop cloth fabric with the lace.
My granddaughter Sissy also loves it.
He now resides at her house..
Maybe I'll make a cousin that can live here....

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  1. Your owl is adorable! I love the lace wings and eyebrows.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I LOVE owls, this is so cute!! The lace detail is beautiful!

  3. Your owl is just adorable. Love it.

  4. What a cute owl! Pinning from Bloggers Brags.

  5. This is so pretty! I love your creative use of the lace!

  6. Your owl turned out wonderful!! I really like owls, kinda have a mini collection of them. :D
    thanks for sharing,

  7. I just love owls, I believe there's one in ever room of our house. The pillow came out great.

  8. Who knew that a drop cloth could turn into something so cute! Popped over from Coastal Charm.

  9. I love this owl and the lace! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

  10. This is such a sweet pillow! I have a friend who would love this!

  11. OMGosh, Cathy! I think this has got to be the CUTEST pillow I have ever seen!! Pinning and sharing!! XO

  12. I love this. I think I need to make one... or maybe half a dozen.

    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday.

  13. That is really beautiful, Cathy! I love the lace and how it blends with the cloth, it looks very vintage chic! Is that a thing, if it wasn't before it is now. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  14. Your owl is so sweet. It really is great. Thanks for sharing. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  15. That's easy and I love it!

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  16. What a cute little owl. Very creative!

  17. Adorable! I <3 owls too. Recently hearing one hoot around my house very late at night and just saw a news report that snowy white owls are migrating south from Canada with some seen as far south as Georgia! Would love to see one:) Pinned

  18. This is such a cute pillow.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  19. This is adorable:) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

  20. This is adorable and so easy to make, I want to try making one. Thank you for sharing it at our Blog Party!

  21. I love owls. I collect them. I need to make this

  22. Adorable!!!! I am not a fan of owls....well at least not until now. Pinning so I can make one too! Heehee!!!

    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!!
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  23. I love this!! I can't believe it started out as a drop cloth! Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Eat. Create. Party! :)

  24. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  25. Beautiful owl! Visiting from It All Started With Paint.

  26. I adore this owl. I have a sewing machine and really need to learn to sew. Great job. Rhonda

  27. Love it! Thanks for linking up at Ginger Jamboree. I featured you today. Feel free to grab a "featured" button from my sidebar!

  28. I had to hop back over and pin this- I have been thinking about making one all week!

  29. I love this! The drop cloth is rustic linen to me. The addition of the lace is so cute! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  30. This is just so adorable! I will feature it tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!

  31. I love this owl--a cutie patootie! Thanks for sharing at Shine a Spotlight Saturday. Pinning It!--Deb at DialMforMoms.com

  32. Well that's the cutest thing!!!
    My daughter collects owls and would love this!

  33. He is adorable! I have some fabric with owls on it ...pruchase a fat quarter to use in a quilt. My sons fiancee noticed the fabric in the quilt top and admired it. I should play around like you did and make a little owl or something ...yours is so cute with the lace and all, though...just love it.

  34. Congratulations! This post will be featured at Diana Rambles tomorrow. It has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  35. So precious! So adorable! So EASY!!! Thanks for sharing! APPLAUSE! : )

  36. Owls are the theme at my son's school this year and this is SO cute! If you have time, I'd love to see this on my linkup: http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-favorite-things-saturdays-215.html

  37. Oh, so pretty. Love owls too! Thanks for linking up at "My Favorite Things- Linky Party" Theresa @DearCreatives co-host drop by anytime and hope to see you this week too!

  38. The owl pillow is adorable. My grand-daughter collects owls, she would love this. I'm not much for sewing, but this looks pretty easy. I really like the lace and drop cloth together. Love the look of drop cloth but I have never made anything out of it. My daughter made drapes and they look really nice.
    Thank you for sharing your cute little owl.