Welcome to the first day of Valentine tutorials! As you go through each day and make your own projects from the tutorials, feel free to post your pics here, on the Flickr group called Valentine Tutorial Projects.
Today’s tutorial is what I like to call a “soft” Valentine since they are a couple of heart pillows. The first one is made from red corduroy and of course lace, what’s a Valentine without lace? I really wanted this one to be about texture.
What you’ll need for corduroy pillow:
Needle and thread, sewing machine, scissors
Card stock or cardboard for stencil or template. (I scanned them and couldn’t turn the JPG into a pdf I Hope you can at least print them, sorry! They are half hearts that you put on the fold and trace to get 2 equal sides)
Red corduroy enough for two 10 inch squares (you will trim these)
Lace or trim about 24 inches to go around (you’ll have some extra)
A ribbon for hanging (about 10 inches)
Poly-fil for stuffing
Some pearls for accenting (maybe 20)
And I bought metal “key” embellishment to hang with the ribbon (Key to my heart)
First, I used some card stock to make a template of the heart shape I wanted. Remember when you make a pillow, it loses some of the size with the three dimensional effect, so I always make it a little bigger than the actual size you want, maybe 2 inches bigger. Here are some templates for you to use if you like.
1. Trace your template on the WRONG side of your fabric.
2. Cut it out carefully.
3. On one side of the heart, I marked one inch intervals, alternating so the pearls would be evenly spaced out. Don’t get too close to the edge or sewing it closed on the machine will be a problem.
I tied each pearl on individually stitched through a couple of times with a double knot on the back then I dabbed it with glue, just to make sure they won’t come out. When I pack it with poly-fil, they should be okay.
Mark you opening so you know where you will start and stop sewing.
Now add the lace and ribbon (easier said than done!)
Pinning helps but you still have to sew slowly and make sure the ends of lace and fabric line up.
The center of the heart is the most difficult. I had to change that ribbon out because it kept sliding and tearing. Remember to cut into the curved seams so they’ll “open” when you turn it.
Since you are sewing wrong sides out, your ribbon will be between the hearts and the ends should be pinned and sticking out from the center.
If you have attached a key or another token, (I tied mine on so it wouldn’t bulge out from the “fatness” of the pillow.
But it should lie in the middle of the heart, not near the ends while you are sewing. Flip your heart inside out, you may have to clip a little more when you turn it and make sure the curves are smooth.
Sew your pillow closed, the corduroy is very forgiving with closing stitches. You can hardly see them!
For denim heart pillow you’ll need: 6 inch square of denim, and other fabric, 8 inches square for backing, an accent, ribbon and some poly-fil.
Trace template on back of fabric adding 1/4 inch seam allowance in the center.
Cut your templates out sew down the middle with 1/4 inch seam.
Add your embellishment.
Add the backing with the ribbon in the center (for hanging) and stuff.
Close the opening.
So there you have it, the first tutorial in this series!
I love heart pillows! Please come back tomorrow for another Valentine tutorial. I hope you enjoyed this one!