My friend Kristy has two black cats, Pickle and Mouse, so after seeing these Cat Nap Pillow Cases, I was inspired to embroider a pair for her. This process can be used for any shape, and the possibilities are endless: books, sailboats, lobsters!
My first step was to do a Google Images search for “cat drawing outline“. Once I found a basic drawing that suited my taste, I saved the image as a JPG on my computer. Using Microsoft Paint, I formatted the picture to print onto four sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ inch paper in landscape, since four sheets of paper are approximately the size of a standard pillowcase. Depending on the quality of the original image, the outline will likely be very pixelated when it prints. Don’t worry! Since it’s only used as a template, this doesn’t matter – just cut along the outside of the pixelated line. After cutting out the image, I taped the four sheets of paper together and had a cat template.
Next, with the help of my cat Ada to hold down my template, I used a disappearing ink marker to trace around the (paper, not real) cat.
Once my outline was finished, I used black embroidery floss to outline the shape of the cat and silver embroidery floss to add whiskers. I did the whiskers freehand because I didn’t like the placement in the template, but you could draw them on with disappearing ink during the tracing process too. The final step is to use a wet cloth to dissolve the disappearing ink.
Ada approves, and I can only hope the Pickle and Mouse will be equally excited:
Not feeling crafty? Xenotees sells her Cat Nap Pillow Cases on Etsy.