Do you love your cat so much that you wish you could clone it? Our DIY technology is not quite advanced enough for that yet but here's the next best thing: a cushion kitty doppelganger! These would also make thoughtful (or super-creepy, depending on who you ask) gifts for your favorite cat lady or cat man, and you could even use same the instructions to make a pillow of a dog or a human (again, be prepared to get some side eye). Read on for our tutorial to get started.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
– An old canvas bag or pillowcase (or any cotton or similar fabric) cut into two paper-sized sheets. Just be sure that your fabric is a light color like white or beige.
– Iron-on transfer paper
– A high-resolution pic of your cat
– An iron
– Stuffing for your pillow (Shredding up old an old t-shirt works well)
– A needle and thread or a sewing machine
Open up your high-res cat photo and size it to fit onto an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of iron-on transfer paper. Then print it out following the instructions on the transfer paper packaging. Be sure to select the best quality print settings so that your image is really crisp.
Once your image is printed, cut out your cat.
Next place one of your fabric sheets onto an ironing board or other flat, protected/padded surface, and lay your cat pic on top of your fabric printed-side-down. Then carefully iron your image onto the fabric (again following the instructions on the back of the iron-on paper package). The manufacturer typically suggest using a non-steam setting and passing over each part of the image several times for about 10-20 seconds per section until the photo adheres to the fabric. Don’t forget to get the edges!
After letting your fabric and photo cool for 5 minutes or so, slowly peel the paper away from the fabric.
Next, cut away the fabric around your cat making sure to leave about an inch of space (this will serve as your seam allowance).
Place your cutout printed-side-down on top of your other piece of fabric and trace around it. Then cut the other piece of fabric out using the line you just traced.
Then sandwich your two pieces of fabric together again so that the fabric with the image of your cat is covered by the other piece of fabric. Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, sew around the perimeter of your cat photo (remembering the one-inch seam allowance), but don’t sew all the way around your image. Leave a 5″ opening towards the bottom of the pillow so that you can turn your pillow inside out.
Turn your pillowcase inside out to reveal the photo of your cat.
Fill your pillowcase with stuffing.
Using a needle and thread, sew up the gap you left in Step 7.
And there you have it! A plush version of your feline friend that won’t sit on top of your keyboard and refuse to leave. Just make sure your real kitty doesn’t get jealous!
Photos and DIY concept by Yuka Yoneda