Monday, June 20, 2011

Burlap Poodle Pillow

I had an idea swirling in my head to stencil a poodle onto some burlap, stitch the burlap to a pillow front and fray the edges.


I'm still not sure how I feel about it though. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but sometimes my ideas are different in my head. Here's the details on how I did it.

I "Googled" the words 'poodle clipart' and found this image:


I opened the picture in the Silhouette software and traced the clipart.


One mistake I did was selecting the vinyl color to cut this out LOL. Originally, I'm thinking "pick a color that's not your favorite because you only using the negative space". So I picked orange. BUT- I still have the positive poodle space on the ORANGE vinyl... If I picked another color, like pink or even purple, I could have used THAT for ANOTHER project. I made a mental note to think further ahead next time...

My pillow form is a 12" square, so I cut a piece of burlap slightly smaller to zig-zag stitch to the front. The poodle is about 8" tall. I mixed some textile medium into some turquoise-y paint to stencil the front.

After that dried I stitched the burlap to the front and pulled strings to fray the edges. I added some colored rhinestones (purchased for scrapbooking) to the poodle's neck like a collar.


The pillow casing itself is a 12.5" square (I like them snug on the pillow form), made from cream cotton that looks like muslin. The back is an envelope to change it out for another pillow case when I want to change my mind... Because I'm a woman and that's our perogative LOL.


And of course my calico cat DANCER had to get in on the photography. Maybe she was checking out the pillow to make sure it's not a real dog?


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  1. This is so cute!!! And I totally know what you mean about ideas in your head turning out differently then in reality. I think in your case, it's still a win because it turned out so cute!

  2. I like the attitude that the poodle is portraying. Your cat definitely looks skeptical about that dog! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Adorable! Hope to see you link it up to Calling All Crafters!

  4. This is so dang cute! Did you make this with the silhouette machine? I have been seeing those and totally want to get one! LOVE this idea! Found ya from Dittle Dattle, and I am totally following you! I just started a blog a couple months ago and would love for you to check it out :)

  5. This pillow is just beautiful! I love the frayed edges and the shiny necklace on the poodle!

  6. LOVE IT!
    I have a 60 lbs poodle puppy and now love everything poodle. Thanks for the idea.


  7. I think it is super fun. Love the blue color and the doodle-y look. Cute!

  8. SOOOOOOOO CUTE! I love it. We have a cutie patootie mini poodle and searched the net for some clipart to make her a personalized container when we board her next month. It's on my blog if you want to check it out. :) I want to borrow this idea to make her a little bed. Thank you for your looks awesome.

  9. i love this! my girls would love a pillow like this.

  10. I love how it turned out. Thanks for linking to the party.

  11. That's really cute! I love the little collar bling and I really like the color. It's unique and that's one of the best things about homemade. There's not another million out there like it! :)

  12. This is adorable! The 3d effect on the collar is priceless! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  13. I love your pillow! Just a fun piece of clipart and a simple idea!

  14. love it! It looks great! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  15. I love this pillow! Love burlap and turquoise too. Wonderful job. So glad you shared at Mommaskindacrafty!

  16. I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    come strut your stuff

  17. sooo pretty. I ma a new follower from Patches of Pink

  18. This is soo adorable! You had me at burlap.. I swear it is one of my favorite materials and I just love the poodle! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!
    I am your newest follower!

  19. Super cute & what a clever use for the vinyl! I'm featuring you at this week's Craftastic party. Be sure to stop by & grab a Featured On button:)



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