February 12 ~ Valentine Inspiration

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Love Note Pillow by Ginny, Sweet Myrtle

Ginny created this small lavender scented pillow for a two hour “Alice and Ginny” workshop at her local arts center. You can see the front of the cushion here; Ginny writes, “The whole project is hand sewn and is very easy to achieve.”

When we asked Ginny if we could feature her photo she wrote out a tutorial just for you! Thank you, Ginny!

From Ginny ~ You will need:

  • two 15cm squares of cream felted wool (or wool felt)
  • one 6 cm square of red felt
  • freezer paper
  • red or pink fabric paint
  • small scrap of double sided fusible web
  • 4 scraps of fabric
  • red and cream embroidery thread, split to 2 threads
  • red seed beads
  • stuffing
  • dried lavender

To create your own little love cushion cut out two 15cm squares of cream felted wool. For the front of the cushion cut a heart stencil from freezer paper (4cm wide by 5cms tall) and stencil through in red or pink fabric paint. For the ‘LOVE’ wording chose four fabric scraps. Draw a groovy 60’s style font in reverse onto double sided fusible web (each letter should be no bigger than 3cm x 3cms). Fuse these onto the reverse of your fabric scraps and cut out. Apply to the front of the cushion and hand stitch to hold the letters in place.

For the back of the cushion cut out a 6cm square pocket in red felt. Before attaching this, stitch on a heart shape using tiny seed beads. Next blanket stitch the top pocket edge in cream. Pin this to the back cream square and blanket stitch the remaining three edges to secure.

To finish place wrong sides of the front and back cushion together. Pin and blanket stitch around all four sides leaving a 5cm gap in one edge. Lightly stuff through the gap, add a little dried lavender to scent and continue the blanket stitch to close.

Finally write a love note to your beloved and pop it in the secret pocket.

Don’t forget to enter our True Love Valentine Contest for your chance to win some great prizes! You have through midnight tonight to enter!

Comment in any post this week for your chance to win one of these great prizes: Amy Butler Softwares (Sewing Software on a CD) from The Electric Quilt Company; $15 Gift Certificate to Lilac Lane; $15 gift certificate to SewBrookie; $15 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! Take a look at the February “True Love” prize master list to see other great prizes we’ll be giving away this month.

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59 Responses to February 12 ~ Valentine Inspiration

  1. Marcia W. says:

    Sweet idea…thank you for the tutorial

  2. tscd says:

    Thank you for sharing this – such a great idea

  3. Punkie Pie's says:

    Thank you for sharing. Very cute!

  4. Cheryl says:

    How adorable! Thanks for the tutorial Ginny!

  5. Kelli says:

    very cute!!

  6. Ellen says:

    So sweet!

  7. Deb Cameron says:

    Awesome idea!

  8. Jenny says:

    lovely idea! 🙂

  9. Claire says:

    So cute! I especially love the front.

  10. This is one of my favorites! Adorable and doable.

  11. not enough time to make all of these wonderful V day crafts! What is a girl to do?

  12. Bekah says:

    What a great idea and a great tutorial. Thank you so much.

  13. suzi says:

    I like little projects like this you can feel as though you accomplished something it a short amount of time very cute

  14. Rebecca says:

    What a sweet little gift!

  15. Tammy says:

    What a sweet project!

  16. Christine says:

    So cute. Thanks for sharing.

  17. alisha says:

    I love the front. The hand-stitching around the letters is very cute.

  18. Lillian says:

    Love it! Something so simple can say so much.

  19. Brandi says:

    So cute, thank you for sharing it 🙂

  20. ~Helena~ says:

    What a neat project. Thanks.

  21. Southern Gal says:

    Love it. I’ve used LOVE in a great deal of my comments this month.

  22. Love it! My oldest would use it everyday 🙂

  23. Krystina says:

    That’s so sweet. Any ideas on where to buy the lavendar? My local natural foods market used to carry it before it got bought out by Whole Foods. Now I’m not sure where to go!

  24. Michele says:

    looks like the perfect starter project for hand sewing! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Mary says:

    What a cute little pocket!

  26. jm says:

    This is GREAT!

  27. brandy says:

    This is great for so many different occasions…Love it!

  28. Emme says:

    Simply adorable! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  29. Wendy says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas so far!

  30. Jenni says:

    that is so sweet and could be modified for other holidays/events!

  31. michelle says:

    Very sweet pillow! Might have to whip one up today.

  32. Cristi says:

    There are so many great ideas on this blog!!!

  33. Somer says:

    So pretty. My daughter would love to get little notes in a pillow like this.

  34. terri says:

    Sweet is the word for this project! <3

  35. Shorty says:

    What a great idea… so cute!

  36. Lisa says:


  37. Megan says:


  38. Beth says:

    This would be a great (and easily adapted) tutorial to use with a sewing/crafting group since it’s all hand sewn and some materials could be shared and swapped to make interesting designs.

  39. Magickwyrds says:

    Love the blanket stitching along the edge! Lovely look, simple instructions. Thanks fo rthe tut!

  40. Andrea says:


  41. deb says:

    I love this idea, its just what I needed. I’m off to make 5 pillows today 🙂

  42. Kim K. says:

    Very cute! Can’t wait to try this!

  43. Angela says:

    Oh, I wish I had time….maybe for next year.

  44. qsogirl says:

    aww, i love ways to share little notes 🙂

  45. Betsy M says:

    What a cute idea.

  46. rosie says:

    i love things with pockets!

  47. pam says:

    Awesome! I am sensing a subtle “secret love note pocket” theme through a few of these Heart Day Inspirations…

  48. Faith says:

    I really like this. It is so cute.

  49. sharon says:

    Cute little cushion, thanks for the great ideas for Valentine’s Day, Sharon.

  50. sarah says:

    awww…lavendar is one of my favorites!!

  51. Jessica C. says:

    I like the dried lavendar idea!

  52. Mama Lusco says:

    So nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  53. Regina says:

    This is adorable!

  54. Tong says:

    Adorable! Thank you for sharing!

  55. duff says:

    this is adorable. You really need to click on “see the front of cushion here” to see how sweet it is! I don’t have the eyesight for anything this small but it sure is a treat!

  56. Amy says:

    Simple and sweet. I like it!

  57. mon ami says:

    so sweet, thanks for sharing!

  58. Alyssa says:

    This will be perfect for my sisters!

  59. DebbieKL says:

    Very cute! I have a giant bag of dried lavender I could put to use. Thanks!

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