Add a handmade touch to your Valentine’s Day decor with this cute heart pillow. Stitch one up for yourself or even better invite some friends over for a fun crafternoon. I walk you through the process step by step in this Cross My Heart Valentine’s Day Pillow Tutorial.
I love Valentine’s day! When my kids were younger we would always have a fun family dinner. The kids would help decorate and I would cook our “special” meal. We even eat in the Dining room on the fancy china! Our fancy dinner always consisted of homemade Fettucine Alfredo and Chicken Parmesan.
Heart Valentine’s Day Pillow Sewing Tutorial:
Over the years I’ve sewn quite a few Valentine’s Day decorations. Things ranging from chair backers to quilts and pillows. This pillow is one of my favorites and I look forward to bringing it out every year.
Heart Pillow Supplies:
To begin you will need:
- 1 12×16 pillow form
- ½ yard decor weight fabric for pillow front and back, canvas would work well.
- Scraps of 3 different red fabrics
- Embroidery floss
- A heart to trace you can download a heart shape in our Template Library, just click the link below.
- 1 ¾ yards pom pom trim
- Heat n Bond Lite
How to Get the Printable Pattern Pieces. You can get a copy of the pattern pieces used in this project in our Template Library. Access to the library is for our Newsletter subscribers, and subscriptions are free. Please visit this page and follow the instructions to get the pattern pieces. PLEASE READ the instructions on that page. NOTE: The PDF only contains the pattern piece; you still need to read this tutorial to complete your project.
Step One: Create the Hearts
Trace 3 hearts onto heat n bond light. Cut out loosely and iron onto the wrong side of 3 different scraps of fabric.
Cut out again, this time precisely.
Step Two: Cut out the Pillow
Cut 2 pieces of your solid fabric to 12×16.
Step Three: Applique Hearts onto Pillow Front Piece
Place hearts onto the pillow in a spot that you like. Remove the paper backing from the hearts and following the directions on the package iron the hearts on to the pillow front.
Stitch around each heart. About ¼″ in from the edge. Go slowly…
Step Four: Add Embroidery Detail
Use a ruler and mark the center of the middle heart. Mark the center top to bottom and side to side. Using a water-soluble fabric pen. Mark and “x” through the heart.
Stitch with white embroidery floss through the heart.
Step Five: Add the Pom Pom Trim & Assemble the Pillow
Pin and sew pom pom trim to the edge of the pillow front around all 4 edges. Make sure you pivot as you go around the corners.
Take the 2nd piece of 12×16 fabric. Lay it onto the top of the pillow front right sides together. Stitch together along the same stitching line you used to stitch on the trim. Leave a 6″ opening on one side to turn pillow right side out.
Turn right side out.
Place into pillow form.
Pin opening and slip stitch closed.
Voila! You’re done! It’s quick and easy and can be done in no time!
More Fun Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas:
40+ Cute Things to Sew for Valentine’s Day
How to Make a Heart Rag Wreath
Felt Love Note Envelope Pattern
Valentine’s Day Table Setting Ideas
This post has been updated and improved from a version that was previously published in 2010.
Simone de Klerk says
What a perfect pillow case. Thank you for the tutorial!
Mique (as in Mickey) says
Love it. Love it. Love it.
So cute! I love it!!
What a cute pillow! I love the pom pom fringe!
I love this idea! 🙂 I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com.
Thanks so much for sharing!
That is just precious! I love it!
I love the pillow … what a fun accessory for love day.
Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says
This is darling – I’m partial to the pom poms!
This is FABULOUS!!! I love how the crossed heart also looks like argyle. And the dingleberry trim – is there anything not made cuter with dingleberry trim??
I blogged your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
The Cottage Mama says
I just love this – the pillow is for Valentine’s, but doesn’t scream it – I love things that you can keep out for other times of the year. Wonderful job!!
too Blessed to Stress says
Just lovely! and awesome instruction/photos.
~ Emily N. from “too Blessed to Stress”
Aww, this is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.
Love it! What a darling pillow. Thankfully I have another darling pillow you made, so I don’t have to actually make one myself. One day I swear I’ll find the time!
Hello, I really like this job and I thought I’d share with my readers. I hope you do not mind! (If you leave me a comment and I will remove it). Thank you! Here is the link where it is entered: http://bimbumbeta.blogspot.com/2010/02/s-valentino-con-le-mani-in-pasta.html
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Love the pillow