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Taxidermy Decor - Squirrel Pillow

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

Use Mod Podge photo transfer medium to create a fun, stuffed squirrel pillow with none of the guilt.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Mod Podge ® Brush Applicator, 4"
Item #12917
One-of-a-kind 4" wide big brush is ideal for furniture, canvases, all big ideas! Gold taklon bristles apply any Mod Podge formula smoothly, evenly, without brush marks. Durable, stainless steel ferrule.


Mod Podge ® Silicone Craft Mat
Item #16289
Protect your work surface with this silicone mat. Glues peels right off of it for easy clean-up!


Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
Item #2295
This Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set is essential for any decoupage crafter. The Brayer is used to smooth paper, fabric and other items onto a surface, providing the right amount of pressure to eliminate air bubbles and with no mess. The Squeegee is used to press paper, fabric and other items into hard-to-reach corners.


Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 8 oz.
Item #CS15067
Create decals or appliqués from any original photo or artwork with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. Applies to hard surfaces. Hand-washable on fabric.


Other Supplies
Wax paper
Foam plate
Muslin fabric
Fur fabric
Polyfil stuffing
Sewing machine
Straight pins
Needle & thread
Measuring tape
Water basin
Paper towels
Squirrel stock photo


  1. Make a color laser copy the size desired. Trim the squirrel from the background.
  2. Cut a piece of muslin fabric 1" larger than your image. Be sure your fabric is smooth and free of wrinkles.
  3. Tear two sheets of wax paper a little larger than your image. Lay beside your Silicone Craft Mat.
  4. Lay your photocopy image-side facing UP on your craft mat.
  5. Squeeze a generous amount of Photo Transfer Medium onto a foam plate. In smooth strokes, apply the medium over the image. Apply a thick coat so that you cannot see the image. Cover the entire image.
  6. Carefully bend the craft mat back to release the image corner. Put your hand underneath the prepared image, lift and place (medium-covered side UP) on a clean piece of wax paper.
  7. Carefully place a piece of fabric over the image. Gently smooth to make contact with the fabric.
  8. Flip the fabric over so the paper is upright. Lay another piece of wax paper over the prepared image. Smooth over the image with a squeegee or brayer. Be sure to press over all of the edges to ensure good contact. Let dry 24 hours.
  9. To reveal the image, press a semi-damp sponge over the image in sections and let the dampness set for 2 minutes. Then rub over the wet paper in a circular motion removing the paper. Repeat until the image is completely revealed. Let dry.
  10. Repeat rubbings may be necessary in parts where the paper is still adhered. Let dry.
  11. Trim the fabric to have a ½" edge.
  12. Cut the fur backing fabric to cover the entire squirrel.
  13. Pin both fabric pieces together image facing inside and fur side facing inward. Sew around squirrel shaped piece along the image line leaving the bottom open.
  14. Trim away the excess fur fabric.
  15. Turn pillow inside out. Fill with stuffing and whipstitch the opening closed with needle and thread.
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