Put Fluffy and Fido in their proper places with this easy silhouette project. You’ll need a picture of your pet, cardstock, a pencil, a paintbrush, and acrylic or craft paint. Begin by cutting out the shape of your pet’s silhouette. Place it on the cardstock, and trace the outline. Apply a coat of paint around the tracing so that the outline becomes a white silhouette. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then apply a second coat. To finish our versions, we added mats and encased the portraits in refurbished thrift store frames. For a different take on the same idea, experiment with watercolor paints, or cut the silhouette out of patterned scrapbook paper and affix to solid cardstock.
3 (22” x 22”) napkins
18-inch square pillow form
One napkin becomes the front of the pillow. The remaining two napkins form the pocket of the back.
1. Trim 2 napkins for the back so that they are 22 inches wide by 14 inches long.
2. Lay the 2 back pieces on the front napkin, right sides facing, overlapping the 2 back pieces so that they align with the front napkin on all four sides. Be sure the cut edges of the back pieces are on the outside seam, not on the overlapping edges.
3. Pin in place on all four sides.
4. Sew all four sides using a ½-inch allowance. It’s not necessary to finish off the edges; they will be encased in the flange.
5. Turn pillow cover right side out. Push out the corners all the way to form clean points. Press seams flat.
6. To make the flange, stitch a seam along the outside of the pillow—all the way around and through all layers—about 1½ inches from the outside seam.
7. Insert pillow form into the overlap opening in the back