Valentine Hearts Pillow
Hearts and pillows seem to be a theme for me. Last week I posted the pattern for the Upcycle Peekaboo Heart Pillow and today I have another heart themed pillow (and this won't be the last one!) This base of this pillow is the basic Envelope Pillow Pattern in a neutral cotton fabric, with ragged edge hearts on the front panel. It's so easy to make and looks so fancy!
First, you MUST wash the base cotton fabric BEFORE cutting it or sewing the hearts on it. You will also wash it after you sew the hearts on in order to create the ragged effect, but you don't want to find out after the pillow is complete that the cotton shrinks and your pillow form doesn't fit. Only after you wash the fabric proceed to cut it for the size pillow you want. You can see the various sizes on the Envelope Pillow Pattern. Mark the front panel of the pillow with pins so you know where to place the hearts. (The Envelope Pillow pattern uses a single piece of fabric for the pillow, so you need to figure out exactly where the front of the pillow is.) You can do that in the third picture on the tutorial when you fold the fabric to make a square. After finding the front panel portion, be careful as you sew the hearts not to sew on the "back" of the pillow.
Now for the fun part - cutting each heart individually. I did this without a pattern, but unless you are looking for uniform size hearts, you can't really make a mistake. Cut a small square of your fabric, fold it in half, right sides facing with the raw edges to the right and the fold between your thumb and forefinger in your left hand. Starting at the bottom left corner (at the fold), cut diagonally up and to the right. Then curve your scissors around to the left, turning the fabric in your hand. Finish the curve with another diagonal downward (which will be the center of the heart). Here's a little video of the technique: