Update: For anyone who would prefer to purchase your own pet pillow, you can do so easily through Uncommon Goods!

We admitted to our full on crazy after planning an entire media wall around the extra-large photos of our three kiddos. Which is probably why I thought it was perfectly normal to bring in additional pet-themed decor in the form of – quite literally – pillows.

It’s no secret I can’t sew, so I turned to my friend Penina, knowing she’d not only want one of her pup, Rider (above), but that she could help with Maddie, too. It was only after we were intently whip stitching the rear-ends of our stuffed animals (otherwise dubbed as the whip-stitch-n’-bitch) that we realized, hey, we’re kinda crazy.

I couldn’t wait to get home and show Scott (and on the opposite spectrum of my crafty day, I found him drinking beer and playing video games with the dudes), and I especially couldn’t wait to sit her in Grandma’s chair.

What we did: I took photos of Rider and Maddie, converted them to black and white (this was just a personal preference) and applied Photshop filters to get different looks. Once I had my files ready, I took them to a local printer along with a white canvas fabric, and they used a professional transfer technique, similar to an iron on transfer. We used leftover fabric from my no-sew pillow for the back and sewed the two pieces together, leaving a small opening for the poly-fil. Once they were nice and stuffed, we whip stitched the opening closed – and done!

To document this milestone in crazy, I thought a photo shoot would be appropriate to demonstrate how thrilled she’d be (you know, with a pillow in her honor and all). Instead, I imagine her thought process went a little more like this: What the?! followed by, uh, back to my cleaning regimine and finally, doubt she’ll go away until I pose all pretty.

Rider was only slightly more cooperative (at least allowing for a pillow balancing act – just for a moment!), but even she played the humiliation card in the end.

As for the lack of Jack and Libby pillows, you have to remember that they’ve already been immortalized in the form of portraits, and I’ve yet to do so with Maddie. Of course Maddie sees this as only fair, and as parents, well, we don’t choose favorites.

You would totally do this, too. Right?

Update: For anyone who would prefer to purchase your own pet pillow, you can do so easily through Uncommon Goods!

93 replies on “Pet Pillows (or This Is What Crazy Looks Like)”

  1. Those are so cute, Kim! What a great idea!

    PS: You’re killing me with suspense with your hallway console redo. :O

    1. Thank you! We knew you’d understand the crazy!

      Jane, because I’m crazy.

      Miranda, the suspense is killing me too! We hope to finalize the color this weekend.

      Staci, it’s always a possibility…

  2. Holy cow, that’s cute! You’ve combined two of my favorite things- pillows and cats! You definitely should sell these- I would be your most loyal customer. :)

  3. omg you have to start selling these…I WAAAANT! Did you get another dog?

  4. Score! You hand sewed both of them? Must have taken ages. Using a machine would have been easier and trust me, you CAN sew. I bought a used sewing machine and was too terrified to touch it for 2 years but I finally gave it a shot and now I can do pillows and curtains (which are dead easy and pretty hard to screw up). If I tried to hand sew a cat pillow it would come out like an octopus so great job! :)

    1. Thank you, everyone! The pillows are so silly, it makes us smile :)

      Emma, to clarify, we sewed the pillows on a machine (with Penina’s help!) and whip stitched the ends closed after they were stuffed. But I did freak out around Maddie’s pointy ears and had P finish mine!

      Oh, and Anita, that’s Rider, P’s dog!

  5. I know 4 corgis that need to be immortalized in the same way! Wait, make that 5…
    Time to search for a printer here in LA.

  6. These are so fun! I would totally buy one or two… They’ed look great on my kids beds. :) Love them!

  7. So freaking CUTE!! No shame in this game sister! I’d do those in a heartbeat AND have pet pics/paintings all over!!

  8. Wow, these are so neat! I’d love to either have one of my five dogs, or one of each. However, I don’t have a sewing machine, and I don’t have the patience to sew by hand. But maybe, just maybe I’ll have to find a way to get the pack immortalized on pillows. They’d be great for kids, if I have any one day = )

    ~ L.

  9. w/ naomi & leo taking up all of my time, i’ll admit i’m in a hate relationship w/ boss all over again, but these pillows are effing SAWEET and hilarious! hahahahaha PJ is still cool in my book, not up in my grill during a diaper change/feeding like a needy needy HUGE fat hairy cat w/ dandruff…haha

  10. I have a friend who just lost an elderly feline friend. This would make a wonderful momento. Thanks for the idea and info.

    1. Hi Angie, every printer will likely be different, but our printer charged around $25. There are different techniques that can cost more or less, which would all affect the outcome/price!

  11. This idea is AMAZING! thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am not a sewer as well so this project is perfect for us and book marked! We just did a diy pet silhouette project for under $2 (how2home.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/how-to-d-i-y-pet-silhouette/) hope you’ll love tis as much as we do !

  12. This is definitely not crazy-making. I mean, isn’t it completely normal to want to put our pups & kitties into pillow-form so that we can hug & squeeze them whenever we want?
    Definitely not crazy. ;)
    I am so happy you shared this because my pup + cats need to be pillowized!
    Also, Rider looks an awful lot like my Grace – do you know if she is part Dachshund?

  13. Hi Caren, I know that Rider is a big mix of a lot of breeds, but I don’t think Dachshund is on that list!

    Thank you for legitimizing our crazy!

  14. Hello….I love these! I just recently lost two “elderly” cats…they had each been together for 16 years! They both died within months of each other….these were my babies. I would love to have a pillow of each of them on my bed! You should sell these….I would definitely purchase. If you decide to sell…..please let me know!! Thank you!

  15. Hi- when do you think pet pillows will be available for order/purchase?

    1. Hi Erin, we hope it’s something we’ll have the future, but our custom portraits really took off at the end of this year (as will happen around the holidays!). I’d still love to add these to our Shop, but I don’t have a definite answer in terms of when. We hope you’ll check back though!

  16. Any chance you could make these for us sad folk who can’t sew worth anything ?? I’d be VERY interested!!!!!!!!

  17. I’d luv to make one of these for my mom for Mother’s Day, can u tell me what size you had them printed to on the canvas

  18. Hi Ky, our local t-shirt printer was able to use an image up to 11×17, so our pillows are approximately 10×16. What a fun gift that will be for Mother’s Day!

  19. I am going away to college in a few months, and have been thinking about how much I am going to miss my three poochies…I didn’t know this was possible! so easy! think I may personalize a cute picture of my three dogs, and make a giant pillow that I could use in my dorm…love this idea!!!

  20. I would love to have pillows made of my cats. How do I get in touch with the maker?

    1. Hi Karen and Rose, we made these ourselves, but there are several sites online that have since popped up where you can buy ones, too! Or, you could give it a DIY try and have your favorite photo printed on fabric at a t-shirt shop, like we did above. Good luck!

  21. Love these pillows! Could you tell us what filter you used on photoshop? Thank you~

  22. Thanks, Vivian! I used the filter “Halftone Pattern” (under the Sketch category) and just played with the adjustments until I liked what I saw.

  23. hi,

    i love these!! i wondered if you would mind elaborating on how you got the transfer?

    is this better than using an inkjet iron on?

    if you don’t mind, what was the charge for this at the printers?

    thank you so much for sharing!!

  24. Hi Elizabeth,

    I haven’t had the best luck with inkjet transfers (maybe it’s the fabric I’m choosing), so I just went to a custom T-shirt shop here in Chicago (Strange Cargo). I believe it cost about $20 for 11×14.

    If you’d like to give the inkjet iron on a try, I’m sure it will also work just great! We’d love to see the finished product if you give it a go…

  25. THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! This is the ultimate crazy cat lady present and I know a few of them ;o)

  26. I love this idea and will be making it myself but I have a question. Since the canvas photos are meant to be hung instead of pillows, will the print flake off with use?

  27. Raevin, no flaking at all! The photo is very smooth, and the cloth transfer worked perfectly. It’s still holding up after almost 2 years

  28. Are your pillows for sale? If so, where would I contact the appropriate company? What is the price? Would there be a chance they could make another design?


    Hazel – Do not share e-mail. Thanks

    1. Thanks for asking, Hazel! We don’t sell the pillows, but there are lots of companies that do. Just search “custom pet pillow” on Etsy, and you’re going to see tons of options. :)

  29. This pillow idea is great! I went online and found a plenty of people who does this pet pillow as well.

    check this out: onepethub.com

  30. HOw much did it cost to have this transfer done at the printer?


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