Silhouette Stitched Pillow

dog silhouette pillow by

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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  1. Michelle says

    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?

    • says

      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. says

    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.

  3. Audrye says

    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!

  4. Nadia says

    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!

  5. Melinda says

    Where can I find a pillow like this? I’ve been looking all week! Even somewhere I can buy online would be helpful!

    • says

      Hi Melinda – Sorry that the post is a few years old and the original source for this pillow is no longer available. Anything that has a more open weave – even something like burlap or a sweater knit pillow would work wonderfully.


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