How to Make an Appliqué from a Portrait of your Pet



Jodie Davis and Ashley Briggs

Join Jodie Davis and Ashley Briggs as they show you how to “paint” a portrait of your pet in fabric with this easier-then-it-looks technique. Starting with a photo as a template, Jodie walks you through tracing shapes from the photo onto fusible web, fusing them, and then finishing the edges to make a unique fabric image of your pet. You will be surprised at how realistic it looks!

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Choose areas of your pet photo to trace, overlap sections for gap-free appliqué, and trace them onto fusible web for a pattern
  • Layer and fuse the shapes for accuracy using a homemade lightbox
  • Finish the edges of your appliqué shapes in one of three ways, in addition to satin stitching

Watch as Jodie guides Ashley in her first thread painting project – you’ll get a first-hand look at the learning process. Although thread painting looks complicated, rest assured that it is forgiving, much easier than it looks, and tons of fun!

You can see examples of some of the projects below.

Quilt a cat applique from a photo onto fabric. Quilt a dog applique from a photo onto fabric.

Length : 45:23

Category: All Videos, Featured, New Classes, New Quilting Classes, and Quilting Classes.

Tags: applique, applique can portrait, applique dog portrait, applique pet picture, applique pet portrait, edge stitch, fabric pet portrait, finish edges of applique, pet painting in fabric, pet portrait, satin stitch, stitched pet, thread painting, and turn a photo into applique.


  1. thanks, that was nice and simple and easy to understand, but how do you bind it to the backing (with batting in between) because you have sewn it so much on the front (the picture) where do you now sew to bind it (3 layers) and finish it off ? Thanks

    Debra, 1 year ago Reply

  2. Hi, I loved this class, and I’ve made a cushion using my finished piece which you can read about here on my blog. I’ve written a separate review of the class and you can read it here at made by ChrissieD also.

    made by ChrissieD, 1 year ago Reply

    • Thank you for posting the pictures and for the review. They are great!!

      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

  3. I would love to try my hand at a pet portrait pillow but I think it’s way too advanced for my skills…my cat would end up looking like a toad or something!

    Holly Sloat, 1 year ago Reply

  4. I’m confused. What are you buying? A video? If so, is it something you watch on the computer? Can you save it for later viewing? Thank you.

    Veronique, 1 year ago Reply

    • It’s an online video class. You can watch it as many times as you’d like. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Eric @ DailyCraft TV, 1 year ago Reply

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