My sister and I fell in love with the beautiful Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods, Cornwall when we were on holiday. Inspired by a cushion we had seen there, I made her this owl cushion for Christmas. All the fabrics are recycled - the main body is an old skirt, chosen for its very feathery pattern, and the wings and face piece are from no longer wearable shirts. Reusing fabrics inspired more creativity - the beak is a shirt collar and the tail on the back is a pocket. I used machine applique to make most of it, though don't look too closely at the stitching as I made it in a hurry! I then hand sewed the eyes on, made from yarn crocheted in a spiral and vintage buttons. As a finishing touch I added the tufty ears when sewing the front and the back together. It is such a pleasure to give something handmade and I know that the owl will be even more loved because of its uniqueness.