DIY: Cat Silhouette Pillow Cases

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.

14 thoughts on “DIY: Cat Silhouette Pillow Cases

  1. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such information much. I was looking for this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this, you just gave me a solution for the what-should-I-give-my-boyfriend-for-his-birthday-problem :-) This is perfect, he likes cats as well as sleeping….

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  4. I’m so excited that Pickle & Mouse are famous now! I’ll have to get them to pose next to the pillow cases in case you want to do a follow up.

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