Photo Transfer DIY Pillow

Photo Transfer DIY Pillow
Photo Transfer DIY Pillow
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If you want to learn how to make a pillow that's truly personalized, make this Photo Transfer DIY Pillow. You can choose any photo you want to display on your DIY pillow covers, even a photo of your own pet! Find your favorite picture of your dog or cat and make a copy to enlarge it to fit on regular sized paper. Then simply apply Mod Podge onto the photo to later transfer onto the pillow. It's an incredibly easy project, and these pillows make great DIY gifts for your friends and family members as well.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Materials List

  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, 8 oz.
  • 3/4 Flat paint brush or squeegee
  • Enlarged photo copy
  • Wax paper
  • Sponge
  • White fabric
  • Black fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill


DIY Project Instructions

  1. Take a good, clear photo of your pet. Use a dry toner copy machine to enlarge photo to fit on standard size paper 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 works best. Never use an actual photo.

  2. Cover work surface with wax paper. Apply Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium on to the face of the pet image using a flat brush or squeegee and should be applied to the image in a level, medium thickness.

  3. Carefully lift coated image off of the waxed paper. Flip image over and place on white fabric. Lightly smooth from center outwards to release any air bubbles. Allow to dry 24 hours.

  4. Use a sponge to moisten the paper and then begin rubbing with light pressure over entire paper. Paper will begin to roll up and peel away.

  5. While wet, it may feel as though all paper has been removed. Allow surface to dry and repeat until no more white haze appears. It is best to use light pressure with every repeat.

  6. Trace a line 1.5 away from pet image, following shape and contours of pet if desired and cut on this line. Use just cut image as a pattern to cut same shape out of black fabric.

  7. Pin both pieces right sides together and sew 0.5 seam allowance, leaving an opening at the base.

  8. Cut slits along seam, being careful not to cut through sewing. Turn right side out.

  9. Stuff with fiberfill and slip-stitch opening closed.

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This is a great project and I have used transfer paper onto fabric for a similar project and it works great! It would be great if you could get the photo transfer to be about the actual size of your pet for even more realism, and a nice way to remember your special fur kid if it has passed on. Makes a great gift too. Thanks you for the super instructions!

I'm pleased to finally find this photo transfer how to. I will try this in the next few days. Thanks.


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