It is less than 1 month away until Valentine’s day is here folks. Now, I am not a huge Valentine’s day person. I don’t want chocolates or flowers or love notes. A dinner our with the hubby and a babysitter is what I am talking about. But, in the spirit of one of the most romantic holiday’s and because I have finally made a truce with my sewing machine, I have decided to allow a little valentines day sneak into the home and make a pillow with a cute heart quilted into it.
Here’s how I did it.
First you choose your fabric. I had a bunch of leftover drop cloth fabric from when I made my No Sew Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains. So I just used that. It was already washed and ready to go already and a great neutral color.
You will also need some fabric scissors, a pillow or stuffing, ribbon (to make the heart pattern) and a yarn needle to weave the ribbon in and out of the fabric.
Lay your fabric out under your pillow and cut around the pillow giving a 2 inch overlap on all sides to compensate for sewing the edges. Then do it again so you have two pieces. One for the front and one for the back.
I ironed my 2 pieces of fabric, turned them right side in to prepare them for sewing and pinned the edges to keep the fabric in place while sewed. (Insert sewing action shot…NOW!)
Alright, I am done showing off my mad sewing skills. Make sure when you are sewing a pillow to leave a pocket open at the bottom to allow the actual pillow or stuffing to fit in. Otherwise you are going to have a pancake of a pillow case.
But before we stuff the pillow in the case I am going to thread the ribbon onto the front. It will be easier to do this before there is a big pillow inside to work around.
I made a heart pattern by drawing a half of a heart on a paper folded over one time. (kinda like you would do in grade school. I know very technical.) Cut it out and open it up. Now you have a heart pattern!
Next, I taped the heart pattern onto the pillow and made marks at 1/2″ increment with a pen to make a pattern to follow around the heart.
Now I am ready to thread my needle. I chose a yarn needle which has a much larger eye. You will need this to thread the ribbon through it.
Now thread your ribbon into the yarn needle and begin threading the needle at the bottom of the heart. Work your way around using the marks as a guide.
When you are finished, make sure your two ends at the bottom of the heart are on the outside of the fabric to make the bow.
Now we are ready to stuff the case with the pillow and hand sew the open end on the bottom shut.
And voila! All done. Now where to put it? It seemed happy here on this cozy corner chair.
Cute enough to sit out for Valentine’s Day yet not too overwhelming by any means. Perfect!
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