Yesterday, my youngest said she had an idea to make a Pet Pillow - not to be confused with Pillow Pets, which are toys available in the retail stores. Her Pet Pillow is a pillow of her actual pet.
She has been taking lots of photos lately with a camera that has been handed-down to her. She showed me a photo she had taken of our pet, Shadow that she wanted to use for her pillow. Sounded good to me. She was the crafter and I gave her guidance.
I have Electric Quilt's brand of fabric sheets so we printed the photo using their directions. Most fabric sheets work with ink jet printers, and some work with laser printers as well.
Making a Small Pillow from a Photograph
- Choose a photo of your pet. I helped my daughter get the photo from her camera to our computer.
Our beloved Shadow.
- Remove other paper from your printer, and load a sheet of printer fabric.
- Print the photograph with normal quality printing.
- Lay the fabric sheet flat and let the ink dry for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the paper backing from the fabric sheet, and soak the fabric in room-temperature water for 10 minutes. Gently swish occasionally to remove any extra ink.
Soaking in a sink of water.
- Lay the fabric flat on a towel and blot dry. Allow to lay flat and dry completely.
Drying out on a towel.
- Iron smooth.
- Trim the fabric to the size desired.
- Choose your pillow's back fabric. Place it face up on your cutting surface.
- Lay the photo fabric face-down on top of the backing fabric. Trim the backing fabric to be the same size as the top fabric.
Front and Back fabrics right-sides together.
- Pin both layers together all around. Leave a opening about 2" wide for turning later.
Pinned all around.
- Start at the opening, and stitch all around the photo, using 1/4" seams. Tack down the beginning and end stitching at the opening for strength.. My daughter stitched just inside the photographs's edge so the white fabric border will not show.
Sewing the pillow together.
- Turn the fabric pillow out through the opening.
- Fold the raw edges of the opening inwards.
- Iron everything smooth.
- Stuff your pillow with some filling. My daughter used Poly-Fil. Stuff to desired fullness.
- Hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch.