Dog Definition Pillow

  Around Christmas I was strapped for money as I was buying a house.  So, I decided everyone was getting a DIY gift.  I found these adorable pillows crusing Pinterest one day…

I thought “I can make those!”  So I did.  

What you need:

  1. Fabric paint (I bought white, black, and blue)
  2. Paint brushes 
  3. Scissors
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Computer 
  6. Iron
  7. Iron off pen
  8. Sewing machine 
  9. Fabric
  10. Pillow inserts (optional)


  1. I purchased 16×16 pillow inserts.  I use inserts because I can’t for the life of me make a non-lumpy pillow.  Plus, pillow cases are easier to wash. So, I cut 17×17 pieces of white cotton fabric.
  2. I designed the silhouettes and the words on the computer.  My friend has two Brittany spaniel mixes so I searched for pictures of that breed then, after I printed the silhouettes, I modified them to match.      
  3. I cut out the silhouette and the letters.  This was the most tedious part.  
  4. Next, with my iron off pen (these are amazing!! You can write all over your fabric then heat makes it disappear) I traced the letters and dog on to my fabric.     
  5. Paint in the letters.  I made the pronounciation a lighter color by mixing the blue and white.   
  6. I let it dry then I ironed the fabric with a handkerchief over the paint and the steam setting off.  The iron heat removed the pen marks, set the paint, and actually puffed the paint up just a little.      
  7. I then created the back for the cases.  I ran out of white fabric so I used a light blue.  I cut two pieces of blue.  One about 14×17 inches the other about 7×17.  I hemmed one edge with a 1/4 inch seam then laid them out.  Right sides together I put the 14 inch down first then the 7 inch and pinned them. I sewed everything together with a 1/2 seam.     
  8. Insert the pillow forms and voila!    

I am really happy with how they came out.  My biggest complaint is that the black paint had some variations after I ironed everything.  I’m not sure if it was a mistake on my part or just how the paint sets.  It’s not horribly noticeable but something to keep in mind.  Thank you for reading!!