You will need bits of an old pair of jeans, a sharp pair of scissors, pins, some bright & cheery fabric snippets and a sewing machine. A zigzag machine would be best, but you could hand-sew round seams with blanket stitch to secure straight-stitch seams.
Cut a tie that’s about 12″ (30cm) – 16″ (40cm) long; I’ve used the side-seam of some jeans, but ribbon or bias binding would work – anything longish & reasonably strong. Then mark dots either side of this tie towards the top & bottom of your back template.
Cut out & appliqué on any decorations you have chosen – or add beading, or any other embellishments, leaving room for the pins!
Zigzag the front & back shapes together thoroughly, leaving a hole somewhere to insert stuffing through – my owl’s tail is the obvious place! Then insert your tie.
Stuff with something; I’ve used washed sheep’s wool, but cut-up old tights, cotton wool or anything pins will slide through will work.
Zigzag over opening to seal the stuffing in.
Tie onto your sewing machine, admire & use!
You can vary this idea to make pincushion bracelets for hand-sewing; use a slightly smaller template, and thick elastic instead of a tie. You’ll need to stitch the ends of the elastic after insertion to make a bracelet.