Aunt Spicy joins us today to help you create a new heart pillow just in time for Valentine’s Day. (The same techniques can be used for a variety of shapes too!) Check out the Aunt Spicy blog and Aunt Spicy’s introduction, and enjoy her tutorial.

Hello, February.

Hello, rays-of-hope that spring is around the corner.

Hello, Sew,Mama,Sew! crafty-fun-brilliant-readers!

I have two favorite holidays, one of which is Valentine’s Day. Seeing as it is Pillow Month here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, I thought I would combine my love of Valentine’s Day and pillows, and whip up some lovelies to share with you. But if hearts are not your thing, don’t be deterred; the concepts can be applied to a whole range of styles and shapes!

Materials:

  • white wool felt
  • basic white fabric or muslin (or what ever you have on hand)
  • stuffing
  • fabric scraps
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • scissors and/or Exacto knife

{one} Either freehand or using a template, cut out two identical hearts from the white wool felt. These can be as large or small as you would like. The hearts in these pictures are roughly 15 inches high and 15 inches wide at the widest/tallest points. Cut two of the same size hearts from the white fabric/muslim and set aside.

{two} Take one of the wool hearts and cut out a variety of circles in varying sizes on one of the hearts. I used a paper cutter to get an indentation of the circle and then went over it with an Exacto knife. You can also trace around cookie cutters, lids from bottles or templates.

{two +} Placement of the circles can vary, but you will want to leave enough space between each circle for the attaching the fabric.

{three} Once the circles are cut, figure out which fabrics you want for each circle. You can dig into your stash, or this is a great way to use up scraps.

{four} The fabric pieces need to be at least 1/2 inch larger than the open space– You can use the cut-outs from the wool as a guide.

{five} For the reverse appliqué, arrange the fabric, right side up, behind each opening. If needed, use pins to hold the fabric in place.

{six} Using your embroidery thread and needle, stitch around the cut-outs. I used a simple running stitch, but please don’t let that limit you. For these pillows I used three strands of embroidery thread. For instructions on embroidery stitches visit this Sew,Mama,Sew! page.

{seven} Once you have finished the reverse appliqué of the fabric to the wool, place it aside. Take the two hearts from white fabric/muslin. Place hearts right sides together and sew around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a four inch opening on one side. Turn the heart right-side out and fill with stuffing. You will not want to over-stuff the fabric heart as it needs to fit between the two wool hearts. Using a blind stitch or top stitch, close the four inch hole in the white fabric/muslim.

{eight} Now put the pillow form inside the two wool felt heart pieces and close using a blanket stitch. For instructions on embroidery stitches visit this Sew,Mama,Sew! page.

{nine} Enjoy… Or better yet, pass it on to someone you love!

Though I made the above with heart-shaped pillows, the concept can be applied to a wide variety of shapes. We can’t wait to see what you make!


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