Sew-along instructions


To encourage our readers to take a leaf out of Cornelia’s book (so to speak) and start making their own owls, we have devised a pattern for a simplified version of the owls in the book. The pattern is tucked into an envelope in the back cover of Owl Know How.

Cat’s owls, and in fact all of Cat’s creatures, are made without a pattern and are built in a free-form sculptural way, so these owls aren’t the same as the ones in the book but we hope you love them anyway!

You can make this pattern from felt OR paper. For the paper versions, cut only one body and skip the steps about stuffing the owl. You can also make a flat felt version with glue rather than stitching as another variation.


Select the felt for your owl.
– 1 colour for eyes (black)
– 1 colour for face
– 1 colour for body
– 5 different colours for feathers. Then cut out the pattern template.


Cut out all pattern pieces. Pin pattern pieces to felt and cut around them.


Sew the body pieces together, leaving a small opening at the bottom to stuff your owl. Our owls are stitched on the outside with open blanket stitch but you can use any stitch you like.


Stuff your owl, making sure you fill the small parts of the ears. Sew up the rest of the owl body.


Sew or glue the chest feathers onto the body of your owl, starting at the base of the body with colour 7 and moving upwards through the colours.


Sew or glue the wing feathers onto the wings, making sure you have a left and right wing for your owl and not two the same.


Sew the flat edge of your owl wings to either side of your owl.


Sew or glue the eyes onto your owl’s face.


Using black cotton, embroider a small beak onto your owl’s face like this: V


Sew or glue 3 face feathers on either side at the top of your owl’s face.


Sew or glue the owl face onto the head of your owl.

YAY! You made an owl!