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Make it! Pet Pillows

Make it! Pet Pillows

Of all our obsessions at Moomah, one of the greatest is our love for animals; the ones already in our homes, and the ones we debate adding to our homes as we stalk Petfinder in our weaker moments. We are just as guilty as the rest for spending hours watching cute animal videos, or going through our phones to show any willing acquaintance how cute our cat was while taking a nap (she's peeking out under the covers… come on!!). We're the ones you may not want to kiss on the cheek... unless you like the taste of doggy slobber. So it may come as no surprise that we love the pet pillows we've been seeing everywhere. They're on Pinterest, Etsy, you name it! The only problem is, they just aren't of our OWN pets!

We decided to figure out an easy way to make our own pet pillows. The animal stars of this project are both a mixture of our own pets, as well as some of the babies that are available for adoption right now at our beloved Animal Haven in NYC.

Check out how we did it... and look at the adorable results!



•Digital photograph of your pet
•Ink Jet Printer
•Sewing Machine
•White cotton fabric for the front of the pillow: we used old pillow cases 
•Patterned fabric for the back of the pillow: we used old colored shirts
Avery Light Fabric Transfer Papers

preparing your image:

TAKE a photograph of your favorite pet. Be sure to choose a photo with your pet's silhoette isolated, so that nothing is overlapping. It may be easiest to only use their head.

ENLARGE it to fit within the 8 1/2 x 11 inch transfer paper requirements, ensuring that you leave a 1-inch border around the image.

FLIP the image of your pet by selecting the "mirror image" option on your printer. Test the print on plain paper before adding the fabric paper. Cut around the image leaving a narrow margin around the sides. Keep the edges rounded to avoid lifting during ironing.



CHOOSE a flat surface and LAY the white cotton fabric down.

EMPTY the iron of all water (you do not want any steam) and iron the pillow case to remove any wrinkles.

PLACE the transfer paper with the image facing down in the desried direction onto the pillow case.

APPLY body pressure first, then iron the image on. Start by slowly ironing from left to right, the iron slowly from top to bottom.

REMOVE your pillow case from the heating area and allow to cool for 2 minutes.

PEEL the paper backing from the corner of the transfer. Peel smoothly so that the paper does not tear.

IF THE IMAGE BEGINS TO LIFT, cover with parchment paper and re-iron, focusing on the edges and corners.


forming the pillow

PIN your white fabric (with the image) to the sheet of decorative fabric so that the photo image faces inwards.

DRAW a 2-inch border around the silhouette of your image.

CUT around the line so that both pieces of fabric are shaped in the image of your pet.


Sewing & stuffing Your Pillow

SEW the fabrics together with the image still facing inwards. 

LEAVE a gap so that there is space to fill the pillow with polyfill.

TURN the material right side out so that the image of your pet is visible.

FILL the pillow with polyester filling, using a small wooden spoon to stuff the filling into every section of the pillow until it is completely full. 



STITCH the space by hand until all edges are attached. We used a simple slip stitch.



If you want to make bigger pillows, don't let the size of the paper stop you! The transfer paper is only 8.5" x 11" inches, but that doesn't mean you can't make bigger pillows. Use two or more pieces of paper to fill your design. You can do this in your printer icon box. Print to desired size, and then piece together cut outs as we did below.





* We made our pet pillows using images of our own pets, as well as dogs from an animal shelter. This could be another great activity for kids and charity - auction off your pet pillows to raise money for the shelter.

** Or... Father's Day is coming up! Put dad's old shirt to use.

We're not above putting our moms to work when they come for a visit. SPECIAL THANKS to Lin Ashlock (mom of Lisel) for her diligent ironing, cutting and sewing of these Pet Pillows!

Posted in: Animal Kingdom   Crafts: Make It!   

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Linda Towson said…

This grandmother enjoys your mag. Walnut Creek friend of Lin Ashlock,
Mother of grown kids, Eric and Jeff.

  - Thank you, Linda!

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