Trying to update my husband’s man den in the basement, I was browsing for some new pillows at Homegoods and saw a cute pillow with a dog silhouette. I thought wow that is cute, but I don’t need a Yorkies in my basement. (No offense to Yorkies but Chloe might get offended) This inspired me to not only update the couch pillows put to also reuse the old pillows to save a little money. Ready for this easy sewing project and learn how to make a dog silhouette pillow. This would make an amazing Valentine’s Gift for any pet lover.
Before heading to the fabric store, make sure you know the size and style of pillow you need so you can buy enough fabric. I found sewing for dummies has this great reference for fabric needs for pillow cases.
Also helpful to bring any additional fabrics or pillow you are trying to match.
I chose to make two different colors since I was replacing two pillows. I used a thicker denim fabric for the pillow covers, and a cornstalk weavers fabric for the silhouette part. I chose a golden like color for my Golden Retriever.
The hardest part is finding an image on-line that represents your breed or dog. I found this one and it did not have too many legs to cut out either. I have seen people use photos of their dogs to create silhouette portraits as well. If you are artsy draw one up too. I had to cheat and search Google. Enlarge the picture to fit on your pillow size and Print out your picture.
My finished pillow was 14×14 and my silhouette was 10 inches long (nose to tail) and 6 inches high.
I used 2 way heat and bond Ultrahold Iron On adhesive and followed the directions to attach to my dog fabric.
Sew your pillow to the point of adding the stuffing or pillow insert. (Check out this tutorial on how to make a pillow)
Cut out your dog silhouette and attach to the front of the pillow per directions. Make sure the opening is at the bottom of the pillow.
After it is adhered to the fabric:
Fill the pillow and sew up the opening!
Told you this was an easy sewing project. Well if you can’t sew than this is not “sew” easy but maybe you can get a friend help with the pillow, they are one of these easiest sewing projects you can do.
Who would you make this dog silhouette pillow for?