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Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern

Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern

I can’t tell you how much fun I had designing and then embroidering this adorable owl hand embroidery pattern for you. Even before I finished drawing him, Owain Owl was making me giggle.

He’s such a cute, fluffy little owl with lots of personality!

I’ve kept his colors pretty natural looking but I can picture him in all sorts of fun colors. And believe me, he has the personality to handle it. 🙂


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Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern

Material needed to make one hoop art Owain Owl:

  • 12″ square of fabric
  • 8″ wooden embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss in colors of your choice
  • DecoArt paint, if you want to paint the outer hoop


Download and print the pattern (scroll down for the link.)

Remember to set your printer to no scaling or 100%.

Trace the pattern onto the fabric using a light source of some kind.

Huion lightbox used to trace Owain Owl pattern

For years, I taped patterns and fabric to a window and traced them that way. But that can get hard on the arms.

Then a couple of years ago, I bought a Huion LED Lightpad and that made all the difference. I wish I’d bought one a long time ago!


Once the pattern is traced, embroider it in whatever colors you choose.

If you’d like to make one like mine, these are the floss colors used to stitch Owain Owl.

Please note: Two strands of floss are used throughout.


The outline of his head, the circle around his eyes, his wings and tail are backstitched in DMC 433 Medium Brown.

The ruffle of feathers around his eyes, his tummy and tummy feathers are backstitched using DMC 437 Light Tan.

His beak is done in a whipped backstitch in DMC 3776 Light Mahogany.

Owain’s eyes are stitched in DMC Black.

Begin by backstitching the outer circle of his eye. Then make 5 or 6 straight stitches from the inner circle to just inside the backstitching on the outer circle… kind of like the spokes of a wheel. Then fill in with more straight stitches.

Leave the center of his eye unstitched.

Owain Owl Eyes and Beak

Owain’s feet are backstitched in the same color as his beak… DMC 3776 Light Mahogany.

Owain Owl feet embroidered in dark orange

The backstitching on the branch he’s perching on is DMC 640 Very Dark Beige Grey while the backstitching on the small branches and leaves is DMC 3348 Light Yellow Green.

Branch and Leaves on Owain Owl embroidery

He’s just so cute. Don’t you just want to hug him!

Completed embroidery of Owain Owl before being hooped

If desired, you can paint the outer hoop in the color of your choice.

Give the hoops a light sanding with fine grit sandpaper.

I used 2 coats of Leaf Green DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic, lightly sanding between coats. Allow to dry completely.

Embroidery hoop that has been painted green using DecoArt paint

Measure and mark 2″ from the traced hoop line all the way around and cut along that outside line.

Cutting line 2 inches from hoop line on the Owain Owl embroidery pattern

To create a nice finished edge that isn’t going to fray, thread a needle with hand quilting thread so you have a double thread about 18″ long (36″ of thread.)

Sew a running stitch all the way around, folding under between 1/4″ and 3/8″ of fabric as you go.

Running stitches along the edge of the fabric circle

Gathering stitches being worked around the edge of the fabric circle with Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern stitched on it

After you’ve run a gathering stitch all the way around the circle, insert the inner embroidery hoop. Pull the threads to begin gathering the fabric around the hoop.

Embroidered owl piece gathered around inner embroidery hoop

Add the outer hoop. Adjust the embroidery to get it centered just right.

Owain Owl in green painted embroidery hoop

Once you have Owain Owl centered in the hoop the way you want, flip it back over. Pull the gathers tight. Then tie and knot the threads. 

Back view of green hopped Owain Owl Embroidery

Weave the thread ends into the hem to make them disappear.

Now your hoop is ready to hang.

Completed Owain Owl embroidery in an embroidery hoop painted green

Or if you want your neighbours to give you looks like you’re crazy… perch him in a tree to take photos. 🙂

Hooped Owain Owl in tree

I hope you enjoy stitching Owain Owl as much as I did.


The PDF pattern for Owain Owl is available for purchase in my new pattern shop. Simply click the link below to be taken there.

Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern

If you stitch him, please post a photo somewhere on social media and tag me so I can come see. I’m @supermomnocape on Instragram, @1SuperMomNoCape on Twitter and @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook.


There aren’t any other embroidered owl patterns in the archives but you can find a pattern to sew Archimedes Owl Pincushion in my shop.

And in the last Santa Sack Swap I took part in, I made a tote bag for my partner Debbie with an embroidered owl (not my pattern.) It was her love of owls that was my inspiration to create both the tote and the owl pincushion and later turn it into a pattern.



Be sure to save the Owain Owl Embroidery Pattern to your favorite Pinterest board by clicking on the button underneath this post.

And of course, I’d love it if you share it on Facebook and Twitter as well. 🙂

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  • Karen Supper
    September 4, 2019 5:37 am

    Adorable little owl! It reminds me of some of my favorite vintage patterns that feature owls. I look forward to embroidering this little cutie! Thank you!

  • Deb
    September 2, 2019 9:49 am

    Thanks for another wonderful pattern this little Owl is too cute and I can’t wait to stitch him. Had no trouble getting the pattern after the initial email said time expired immediately it came in a second email.

  • Rachel
    August 21, 2019 1:41 pm

    He’s a sweetie. But he does look as though he’s worried about something!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 21, 2019 8:35 pm

      Thank you Rachel. I think maybe he’s just a little camera shy and worried about meeting so many new people. 🙂

  • Kathleen Shuford
    August 21, 2019 10:51 am

    Didn’t work for me either, said time expired.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 21, 2019 6:29 pm

      I’ve sent you an email Kathleen.

  • marilyn
    August 21, 2019 8:41 am

    I can not download the owl pattern. I kept clicking on different windows
    giving my e-mail address again and again and keep being sent back to your
    original site. After all of this, I don’t think I really want the pattern. It is
    just too too much of a problem to get it. I don’t understand why I have to
    keep giving my e-mail address as I have been getting e-mails from you and
    have been able to download other of your patterns.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 21, 2019 6:28 pm

      Hello Marilyn,

      The link to the pattern will be emailed to you. That is why you need to enter your email address.

      I have chosen this new method to deliver my patterns as a more secure way because people were abusing the old download links that I was providing.

      After entering your email address and clicking the download button, you would have been taken to a thank you page saying that an email was on its way. After a few seconds, the page does then redirect to my site.

      If you have not received the email with your download link, please check your spam folder. Please be patient. If there are a high number of people requesting Free Downloads, it may take some time for all the emails to go out.

  • Karen Blank
    August 21, 2019 1:32 am

    Cannot down load the owl pattern, by the way he’s cute!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 21, 2019 5:43 am

      I sent you an email Karen to see if we can try to figure out why it’s not working for you. 🙂

  • Mary
    August 20, 2019 9:43 pm

    That’s such a cute owl, Sue. Thank you.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 27, 2019 8:27 am

      Thank you Mary!

  • Sharon Melville
    August 20, 2019 6:42 pm

    I cannot down load the owl pattern. When I click the button nothing happens.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 21, 2019 5:42 am

      I sent you an email Sharon to see if we can try to figure out why it’s not working for you.

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