Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIY Pillow Pet

Who doesn't want to take their pet with them everywhere?  This is a great way to bring your favorite animal in plush form to work or maybe vacation where our little friends are not always welcome...or it can just stay at home too as part of your home decor.  Plus, it's just a great way to put their cute mug on a pillow.  It may be verging on crazy, but I think it's just perfect for anyone who loves their pet(s).  I know I'm not the only one.
pet photo
iron on transfer paper
computer program and ink-jet printer
fabric: solid colored cottons or jerseys work well
needle & thread/sewing machine

I chose the best photo to use for my pillow and cropped it with a computer photo program.  Some may have options for printing on special paper like the photo transfer paper, if not I am sure you can just make sure that the photo fits when printed.  

Cut printed photo paper around the actual cropped photo.  You can certainly cut closer to the
photo if you choose.  It's definitely your preference.

Iron on the photo paper picture side down.  Make sure to read the directions for proper application!

After several minutes peel the back of the paper, and the photo is transferred onto the fabric.

Cut one inch around the photo.  Make sure to cut two pieces: front and back.

Time to sew.  You can just sew by hand or use a sewing machine which will certainly be
more sturdier.  The picture should be "sandwiched" in the middle before sewing both pieces together.

Make sure to leave an opening.  

Turn the pillow right side out, using the opening that was left unsewn then fill with polyfil to 
desired puffiness.

Darling's face is now on a pillow!

Here's Darling posing with her pillow.
As you can see the pillow version of Darling has a green tint to it.  It may be due to the ink in the printer.
Note to self: change photo to grayscale next time.
The pillow will be traveling on holiday with my aunt, and Darling will be staying with us.

I may end up making a pillow of each of the dogs in my family; some standing, sitting, many ideas.  


Courtney Erin said...

That's so adorable - I want to make one of my cats!

Courtney ~

Closet Fashionista said...

Haha awww how cute! :D

LyddieGal said...

awww, Darling is adorable, does she like to sleep on her pillow?

lisacng @ said...

How cute! But why is Darling green ;).

Eli said...

oh my gosh this is so cute!! I have a black cat and am obsessed with things that have black cats on them, perfect for me!!

Sunny & Star said...

Darling is such a pretty dog and this is such a sweet idea. I would love to have a pillow with my Tiger on it. Maybe I can convince Jessica to make me one.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Alexandra Shook said...

You shouldn't have said anything-- I totally thought you were going for a pop art pet pillow with the green!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Awww how absolutely adorable!

Bonnie Dingus said...

What a cute idea! I must do this!

john said...

I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . . . pillow buddy

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