Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Give a Hoot" Pillow

It all started with this drawing that I doodled while I was talking on the phone yesterday. We'll affectionately call her Gladys. From the look of Gladys' eyes she's a little stressed and strung out. She could use a long hot bath, some soothing music and perhaps a sedative or two. In any case, from this sketch -- sans the psycho eyes -- an idea was born.

I followed this process.
First, I collected every artist's basic tools: a pencil, paper and a salad bowl...

a yardstick...

a cereal bowl...

and back to the salad bowl.

A snip here -- a tuck there. The sweet hum-drum of a sewing machine. A little stuffing. And an hour or so later Gladys is reborn in fabric. Fresh as a daisy and raring to go!

I used scrap fabric for the front of this little "Give a Hoot" Pillow. Some Minky fabric on the back finishes her off and makes her perfectly soft for little heads.

The half circle cutout of Glady's ears would be perfect to surround a little neck. I can picture a little one, one her back, reading her favorite book with this "Give a Hoot" pillow wrapping around her and propping up her head.

The process really was that easy.
You should try it!


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52 comments:

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Another too cute pillow!! :)

Rachel said...

Suzanne,
That pillow is SOOO cute. I love seeing all your projects! You are so creative & talented!

Julie Harward said...

Amazing how the mind works! You are very CREATIVE! This is just a darling pillow...you should now write a childrens story book about a little owl and them sell them together! :D

Jackie said...

I Love it!! The fabric you used is adorable!!

Connie said...

Very cute. I love the fabric choices you used. I am not uaually attracted to owls (I still remember the 70's)but yours is adorable.

Mom2fur said...

What a cutie! Maybe she pulled an 'owl-nighter'? Owls are such cool birds but not as pretty as yours. And I love how you grabbed this-and-that to make your pattern!

Emily Dupuis Powell said...

so cute! thanks for the sweet comment. I knew anthro would have some great handles. Once I found the handles I knew the direction for the project. They were my inspiration :)

Leslie said...

I love owls! This is super cute!

Nedra said...

Very cute Suzanne! Owls are so "in" right now.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Adorable Suzanne! I will be making one!

Andi said...

awwww that is my favorite pillow! I want to make one!

kisa said...

This is so cute. Very boutique-ish! Love it!

Shannon said...

i agree! This is so cute and perfect for reading!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Oh this is super cute! Love the fabrics you used!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

oh my! so stinkin' cute! great job!
gail

janelle said...

I like the fabric combination you used for it!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

MiaKatia said...

SUZANNE!!! Oh dear me oh my. Do you have any idea how much I adore that pillow? It is perfect. Love it.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Suzanne,
This is just the cutest pillow ever...do you mind if I do a post about it and feature your blog?

Blessings,
Linda

Tina said...

Suzanne, I LOVE this pillow!! I can just imagine our little Lottie snuggled up to it. You are amazing my friend, to be able to just come up with such a gorgeous pillow from a doodle that you did whilst on the phone! This is my favourite pillow yet! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

Insolvency advice said...

Wonderful! It looks so easy to make. This is another delicious creation of yours. I love it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Mary said...

How darling! I love your owl pillow creation :)

Melissa said...

Thanks for joining my party. Gladys is so winsome...

Darlene said...

I stopped by from Coastal Charm. I LOVE this little pillow...it is adorable. I also saw your wonderful fountain in the post below. It is FABULOUS!!! I'm so glad through Linda I discovered your beautiful blog.♥

Becky said...

Super cute! So colorful! Any little girl would love that pillow.

Heather said...

Shes so cute! Love your choice of color! TFS!

Bryn said...

Hi I stumbled on your blog from Just A Girl and I love your pillow. I think that would also be cute as a baby girl bib!!!

Kat said...

I LOVE that pillow!!! LOVE it. I love the fabric you used too!

Heather said...

Adorable pillow you did a great job drawing it and recreating to a pillow!

Shellbelle said...

I found you via Linda @ Coastal Charm and just had to tell you how adorable this pillow is. You are one talented gal!

Heather said...

So superly super cute. I can't believe you thought that up and created it in the same day!

Julie said...

OMG! What an adorable litle owl!!! So sweet and girly! It just says LOVE!!!

Tolentreasures said...

How cute that is! I love it! Love your fountain also!

Cathy

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Hi Suzanne
have just found your cushions and think they are totally adorable! do pop over to my blog, I'm having a giveaway
alicia

Stephanie Cameron said...

So adorable!! I have to make this for my friend!

Colleen said...

Adorable!!!!! Love this!!

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

that's great!! love it!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Suzanne! Oh my cuteness! I'm so loving Gladys! I am Gladys! :) LOL!

I love, love, LOVE owls, and she is just too cute for words! I've never been by before, and I'm sad that I haven't. Your blog is adorable, and I'm your newest follower!

If you get a chance, stop by craftsandsutch.blogspot.com to see my new blog!

Happy Weekend!
Erin :)

Kasey Hunt said...

That turned out so cute!!

Anonymous said...

This pillow is simply too adorable! My daughter and I are both hoping to make one for ourselves.

Room to Inspire said...

This pillow is soooo cute! I love the fabrics and the adorable little face.

Chelsea

Andy Porter said...

That is just too cute.

smallgrapes said...

This is really super adorable! Can't wait to make one!

inday_adin said...

It is so cute! I want to try and make one for my little boy. Hmmmmm.. let me see if I can do it. Thanks for sharing! First visit here and definitely will be back.

saffiertje said...

such a great tutorial! I love this pillow and be sure to make some of thesze whohooooo's

love Miranda

shauna said...

I made 8 of these yesterday for a Night Owl party my girls were having. They were super easy! Thanks for the tute! They are so comfy as a shoulder pillow too for reading on the couch...

Amy said...

I love this Owl pillow! I just did my daughters room in the owl theme! I'm going to have to give this tutorial a try! Thanks for sharing!

Kara said...

A friend just sent me the link to this today and I'm so glad she did - this is adorable!

Love it!

craftystaci.com said...

Of all the owl pillows I've seen, I love this one the most! I'm including it in my Friday Favorites tomorrow!

Hilary said...

Thank you for sharing. I made a similar version and made a link to your blog on my own. I used materials I didn't have to finish edges on, but I love the fabrics you use. If I were going to buy fabric to make a project, it would look like some of what you use!

Angeltea9 said...

Adorable Owl! Love the Bright Colors!

Jamie Gupton said...

I might even have to add a pair of floppy "wings" and make this a taggie combo. ♥ Love it!

Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly said...

I love owls! And this pillow is supercute (pinning)! And you could really make it any size you wanted :) I cannot wait to make this!