DIY Heart Throw Pillow

This project was inspired by As soon as I saw her pretty Valentine’s Day heart pillows, I knew I had to try. After all, I’ve never made a heart pillow before, and they’re just so stinkin’ cute! I will admit, it’s trickier to make a heart pillow than just a square or rectangle one, but it is totally worth it, especially in the practice it gives.

Well, what are we waiting for?! Let’s make a project! πŸ˜€

You’ll need:

  • Two kinds of fabric (or just one, if you don’t want to add the decal)
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Stuffing
  • A cup of raspberry tea… πŸ˜‰

First, draw half a heart on your piece of paper. You can make it whatever size you like; I made mine about 8 in. tall.

If you want to add the decal in the middle, go ahead and draw a smaller half-heart in the middle of the big one you just drew.

Take a sip of tea, and cut out your heart template (just the big one, leave the little one inside of it). Once that’s done, take a piece of your main fabric, fold it in half, then pin the template to the folded edge.

Once you’re happy with the position of the template, go ahead and snip around the edges. Then take the pins out, and unfold to reveal your first heart piece!

Repeat this step to make the other side of your pillow.

Time to make the decal! Cut out the little heart in your template, then pin it on the fold of your fabric like you did to make the big pieces. Cut around the edges again…unpin…and voila–easy peasy!

Now take your decal and pin it to the center of one of your big hearts.

Then carefully sew a little less than a 1/4 in. seam around the edges. You’ll want to go pretty slow with this, especially if you’re an inexperienced sewer like me. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect…as long as it’s on there, you did a great job! πŸ˜‰ It’s all about the practice.

Once you’re finished attaching the decal, take and pin the big hearts together with the decal facing inward….

This is what a 1/4 in. seam looks like, in case you’re a newby like me

And sew them together! I’m using a 1/4 in. seam for mine. Here’s a little tip for sewing the indent of the heart and the point: When you get the the place where you want to turn, make sure the needle is in the fabric like this…

Lift up the pressure foot, and turn the fabric around to the desired angle…

Then put the foot back down, and keep sewing!

Don’t forget to leave a little hole open for the stuffing! I almost did that one time… πŸ™‚

Now turn your heart right side out and stuff it! ❀

Finally, use a slip stitch to sew the stuffing hole shut. You can see how to do this in my other DIY throw pillow post here.

And it’s finished! Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect–if you were able to hold mine in your hands and examine it, it wouldn’t look perfect either. I found this project to be a really good practice exercise in sewing curves; I had a lot of fun with it.

Hope you have fun with this too! πŸ™‚

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