DIY: Heatable Owl Softie

DIY: Heatable Owl Softie

Meet Owlivia, an adorable, microwavable owl softie. She took just a couple of hours to make and is a lovely, huggably soft alternative to a hot water bottle. I decided to make my own as the shop bought ones are so expensive!

It may not be the most appropriate time of year and maybe the idea of being near anything heated is totally off-putting to you right now. But sometimes you still need a hot water bottle, especially thattimeofthemonthknowwhati’mtalkingaboutladies?

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Below is a very rough guide on how I made Owlivia, please excuse it’s lack of detail… I used the back stitch but any stitch should be fine if you are using the torn up fabric stuffing (as it doesn’t slip through the seams.)

DIY: Heatable Owl Softie

You will need…

  • Felt (about 3 A4 sizes)
  • Microwave-safe stuffing (I used scrap cotton fabric, shredded into small pieces)
  • Embroidery thread in matching fabric colours + a needle
  • Wheat, flax or rice
  • Herbs or essential oils of choice. I used dried chamomile and lavender


  1. Draw a basic outline of the owl body shape with a 1cm seam allowance. Then draw a triangle for the nose, a circle for the eyes, feet and a wing shape.
  2. Trace the patterns out onto the felt fabric and cut out 2 x body, 1 x nose, 2 x eyes, 4 x feet and 4 x wings.
  3. Embroider the eyelashes onto the circle eye cutouts. Then sew the eyes onto the front body.
  4. Sew the nose onto the front body, underneath the eyes.
  5. Sew the 2 of the wing shapes together and stuff with the microwave-safe stuffing. Sew close and repeat with the second wing and the feet shapes.
  6. Sew together a basic rectangle pouch shape with 1 of the felt sheets. (Use a secure stitch, such as the back stitch.) Fill with the flax or filling of your choice and whichever herbs you would like to use. Sew shut.
  7. Begin sewing the 2 body shapes together, starting at the head and stopping before you reach the wings. 
  8. Start stuffing the owl as you go along and insert the flax pouch inside. 
  9. Sew the wings into the seam as you continue to sew the body shapes together, and the same with the feet. Leave enough room to stuff some more and sew close when you are finished.
  10. Tada! To use: microwave for 2 minutes and she’ll be nice and warm. But be careful not to microwave for any longer than 3 minutes as it will overheat. 

DIY: Heatable Owl Softie



  1. Jessica says

    Love this idea and would love to make one. Do you have any info on how to make it both a hot and cold pack?

    • Aimee says

      Ooh good idea! I would suggest wrapping the softie in a plastic bag and leaving in the freezer for an hour or so. I’m going to try this and will let you know how well it works

  2. Kay says

    Can you leave out the herbs? It’s probably a stupid question but I’m not sure if i’ll have those readily available. Another silly question, can i not use felt?

    • Aimee says

      Hi Kay :-) yes, you could leave out the herbs/flowers. However, if you are going to use flaxseed – I would mention that it’s not the most pleasant smell (it’s not terrible or anything) but I think adding lavender makes it smell a lot nicer. And you don’t have to use felt, no. But make sure you choose a microwave safe fabric! Hope that helps…

    • says

      Thanks! I’m glad you’ve decided to give it a go :-) I would stick to cotton fabrics, yes. Felt is a good choice but perhaps a softer fleece might be nice to work with too. Just make sure it’s 100% cotton. Please let me know how it turns out!

  3. Mary G says

    I think it is a darling idea – but I was thinking too of warm it up a little to make a cuddly doll for your little one to just cuddle up to when they go to bed or don’t feel too well.


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