Love is in the air, and something that I have come to love over the years is PINTEREST. I absolutely ADORE this site. It’s a totally healthy obsession, I assure you!
I love that I can see so many talented people’s ideas, and then recreate those crafts, foods, decor…you name it! I actually really enjoy mixing tutorials I have seen to make the best overall product for me and my family. This is one of those cases.
I mixed this envelope pillow tutorial from Delia Creates and this sweet heart strings pillow tutorial from Allisa Jacobs. By mixing the two, I feel like I have made a simple, yet beautiful addition to my home, and hopefully your Valentine’s Day decor as well.
Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
20x20in pillow form (I actually decided to not buy a new form and just covered two of the pillows I am not currently decorating with right now)
5/8 yard of fabric (I used a suiting material that I found at Joann Fabrics)
-Cut one piece to 20x20in and cut two pieces to 17x20in
white and red felt (I chose to go with a wool felt so that it would be more durable, I was lucky and also found it at Joann’s)
heart template or die cutter (I used a die cutter that I borrowed from a friend to cut out the felt. It was quick and easy that way. You could also just make a template in the shape of a heart.)
– Cut out 15 white hearts, and 1 red heart.
Let’s Get Started:
First: Cut your fabric, as noted before, cut one piece to 20×20 and two pieces to 17×20.
Second: Hem your two 17×20 pieces. Fold one of the short ends over an inch and then fold over again another inch so that you have a nice thick hem. Press, pin, and sew along the hem close to the double fold. Repeat with your second piece of 17×20.
Third: Measure and place your heart’s on the right side of the 20×20 piece. I measured out every 4in and then adjusted their placement from there. You could do them in perfectly straight lines or slightly adjust them off center, which is what I ended up doing with mine. Pin the hearts in place.
Fourth: Sew on your hearts starting on the very edge of the fabric and going through the center of each heart. I used a triple stitch here because I really wanted the stitching to pop when I looked at the pillow.
Fifth: Pin together and then sew all of you pieces together. Place your first hemmed 17×20 piece right side down onto the right side of the 20×20 that you just sewed your hearts to so that your pretty hem and hearts are touching. Match up your edges and make your first 17×20 piece is touching the top edges of the heart pillow so that there is a gap showing at the bottom of the pillow (that way it will look nice when the cover is turned right side out). Place your second hemmed 17×20 piece down overlapping your first piece.
Match up all your sides, pin, and sew using a 3/8in seam. If you have a serger, use it! The suiting material will fray so if you don’t have a serger use a zig-zag stitch along the edge after you have sewn your 3/8in seam. I did one pillow cover with a zig-zag stitch and a second pillow with a serger because my dear husband bought me one!
Trim your corners to get nice points (don’t trim them if you serged or you’ll have a hole where your corner should be), turn right side out, and insert pillow form.
I am sure you will enjoy your new Valentine’s pillows. I know my boys sure love cuddling on ours!
Let us know what fabric you decided to go with. Burlap or canvas would be a fun alternative to the suiting material if you are wanting more of a shabby chic look. You might even try this with circles or stars for other holidays or bedroom decor.
Happy Valentine’s Day!