I know you’ve all been breathlessly waiting for my next felt Valentine pillow. Well, exhale ladies, here it is! This one I simply adore. Although I will throw out a cautionary statement for those in the audience who are a little OCD, the hearts will not always lay flat, so you will either have to deal with that fact, or attach them to the pillow in some other way. *end of disclaimer*
To begin, cut out the front of your pillow to the desired size. Mine was 13X13 for a finished 12″ pillow form. Then cut out lots and lots of hearts. I used my Sizzix
machine which cut out two different size hearts at the same time, and I cut two layers at a time also, so it was 4 per shot, not too bad! Then I just randomly started stitching the hearts on the front panel of the pillow. I used a simple X shape (the kisses part of the pillow) with a doubled length of regular white thread right in the middle.
Keep going until your first layer is done. That’s right, I said first layer! 😉 (the smothered part of the pillow) Then take more hearts and do a second layer of hearts, covering up most of the background color.
I took one heart of the background color and stitched it down on the corner, just for fun.
This is what the front of the pillow will look like after both layers are added.
Now it’s time to finish the pillow. I used a simple envelope closure. Take the measurements of the front pillow. divide the width by 2 and add 4″. Cut two of these pieces. Hem one side of each panel (I use a 1″ hem, doubled over). Then make your pillow. Put the front of the pillow right side up, down on a flat surface, lay one side of the back, right side down, on top, lining up the edges. Repeat with the other side. (I have a tutorial coming up for this shortly, but I didn’t get all the right pics with this pillow- there are plenty of other tutorials out there if this is clear as mud) Sew around the entire pillow. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
I decided to add one little heart to the back just for giggles.
Here’s the finished pillow, with it’s new buddy, the fan ruffle pillow
Gwen did a great tutorial
on making your own labels, so I decided to try it out. Here’s my very first labeled project! Love it!
And as one final piece to this long post, I have a couple tips for all you pillow makers (or soon to be pillow makers, since I know this pillow is so wonderful you’re going to all run out and get the supplies TODAY- or maybe tomorrow 😉 ).
The first is that when I open up a new pillow form, I write on the form what the size is (lightly with a pencil, in a corner). You might think this is silly, but since I’ve started making holiday pillow covers, sometimes I don’t remember what size I made it for and have to pull out the tape. On a similar note: label all your pillow covers as well. That way, when next Valentines day rolls around, you know which cover goes on which form. I like making the pillow covers removable, that way I can just store the covers, and not the whole pillow. It takes up much less space! I guess that was more than a couple, but I hope they help.
I am also linked up to While He Was Napping Valentine/Love party
. That’s a lot more linking than I usually do for one post, but I was kindly invited to some and thought I’d love to join in more fun! (gosh that rhymed! Yay me)