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Silhouette Stitched Pillow

dog silhouette pillow by www.houseofearnest.com

If you’ve followed House of Earnest for a while, you’ll probably know that my love for my dog is probably rivaled by my love for pillows (don’t tell her that), but this project brings the best of both worlds.  A simple stitch on an open weave pillow covering is easy to configure in any shape.  I considered a quirky word, but I’m kind of over ‘word’ art in my house.  I thought a nice big heart would be darling, or even a more abstract stitched pattern for the design included would be amazing.

I landed on the silhouette idea in an effort to mesh something classic with something current and glam (like the metallic finish on the pillow) for a bit of design contrast.

Dog Silhouette Diptych

It was very easy, and anyone with a spare 30 minutes could do something similar.  I stitched it up just last night while watching Downton Abbey. I felt a little like Martha Washington or someone – darning fireside – but it was over in a flash.

Continue reading for the step by step!


  • Pillow with an open weave
  • Darning needle (in the yarn section of your craft store)
  • Crochet yarn in size 10
  • Printed pattern of your choosing

dog silo pillow materials

stitched dog pillow workflow

ONE estimate the amount of yarn you need by draping it around your pattern – then double it.  String the doubled yard through your darning needle. TWO cut out your pattern to use as a guide.  Use masking tape to lightly tape to your pillow. THREE stitch around the perimeter of your pattern.

Tie off the ends and knot to secure before tossing onto your couch and admiring.

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29 Comments on “Silhouette Stitched Pillow”

  1. Michelle January 16, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Love it! One question: are you stitching all the way through the pillowcase or just weaving it through the top pieces of the open weave?

    • Erin | House of Earnest January 16, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Hi Michelle, I was just stitching through the top layer, but if the pillow case itself was an open weave (linen, burlap, or similar) then you could go through the whole thing. The darning needle isn’t quite sharp or thin enough to go through a tighter weave fabric without leaving noticable holes.

  2. Milynn January 16, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Oh wow, this is a really awesome DIY! I love it!

  3. Colleen January 16, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Oh my. Will definitely be doing this with a silhouette of my cat. Can’t wait to tell my husband, who loves my cat so much (really probably more than me) that he already has a tattoo in her honor. True story.

    • Erin | House of Earnest January 16, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Colleen – that’s hilarious! I’m pretty sure my husband loves the dog at least as much as me… if not more :)

  4. Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue January 16, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Oh. My. Gosh. So cute. I already have 2 paintings and 2 photographs of my cat donning my walls. A pillow might put me into crazy cat lady territory, but so cute.

  5. Tiffany January 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    There’s so much awesome in this DIY I don’t even know where to start. I just found you blog and I am crushing so hard!! Love it all!

  6. Erin | Holtwood Hipster January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Another darling idea from you Erin! There’s nothing I love more than a handmade item that really says something personal about those who live there. Really makes a home more than anything you can buy in store.

  7. Victoria January 16, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Oh my god Perry! This is too cute!!!!! How do I get Gracie’s silhouette???

  8. Lettie January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I absolutely love this idea!

  9. Audrye January 17, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    You totally beat me to the punch! I am taking the green out of my living room and adding blue and need some fresh pillows. I was going to copy cat a pillow I saw at Target with either a horse or a fox. But, I love my pups as much as you love yours, so I am TOTALLY stealing this idea! And now, I don’t have to figure it out on my own. Hope it looks as cute with pit bulls!

  10. ABI January 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I love it!! I am going to do it as soon as I get some free time! :Dxx

  11. Inspire Me Heather February 6, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I just love how your pillow turned out – that’s beautiful! I’ve got this linked to my post on pillows too today, for inspiration!

  12. Nadia March 2, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    OMG! I JUST LOVE THIS! I was just about the google something like this. And here it is. I have two schnauzers and i just love them to bits! Schnauzer pillows here i come! Thank you Erin!


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