DIY Pet Silhouettes

Learn how easy it is to create beautiful embroidered personalized silhouettes of your pets.

Made+Remade is dedicating this week to Pet Love, a celebration of our beloved, four-legged companions. Our bloggers will share cool projects and tips to help DIYers get the most out of pet ownership.

Silhouette hangs on the wall.

DIY Pet Silhouette

Embroider your favorite furry pal.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

I’ve really taken to embroidery this winter and I thought it would be so much fun to do a personalized silhouette of my editor’s pug, Oskar. Yes, he spells it with a "k." I was told he is Euro that way! I think you will be super surprised at how easy this craft is to create. You can use this to make fun wall hangings (like I did in this post), pillows, dish towels, t-shirts and more. 

Supply List:

Supplies are laid out on the table

Supplies for Embroidered Pet Silhouette

Supplies for the embroidery pet silhouette are gathered.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

  • fabric
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery tracing paper
  • ballpoint pen
  • fabric scissors
  • needle
  • embroidery hoop
A blue outline of a dog

Transfer the Pet Silhouette to the Fabric

Trace the silhouette of your pet onto the fabric with embroidery tracing paper.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Print out a large copy of your pet’s photo.

Black stitching has begun on the outline.

Stitch Around the Pet Silhouette

Stitch along the silhouette outline using simple basic stiches.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next, following the tracing paper package directions, trace and transfer the image onto the fabric.

Blue threads are selected.

Add a Name to the Pet Silhouette

Thread colors are selected for the name.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop and with small simple stitches follow along the lines on the tracing.

The images is cut from the fabric.

Cut Out the Pet Silhouette

Cut out the silhouette.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

You can use free-hand lettering or simply repeat the tracing technique for the letters using printed letters in the size and font of your choice. 

When you are all set, cut the silhouette from the fabric.

a photo of the pug and the finished silhouette

A Side by Side Comparison

Admire the resemblance.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

If you decided to leave the silhouette in the embroidery hoop to act as a frame like I did, simply cut the excess fabric close to the back of the hoop for clean edges.

Step back and admire the resemblance then display with pride. Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to try making light silhouettes on dark fabric. Try making one for all your favorite pets to create a one-of-a-kind wall gallery.

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