With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, it’s time to start pulling out all things red, pink, and with hearts all over! Even if you don’t want to deck out your halls with cupids and arrows, it’s pretty hard to resist this ultra-modern, simple, and festive heart pillow that can bring just a touch of love to your living space. This is a DIY you can finish in just an afternoon. So grab some felt, your scissors, and a sewing machine, and you can have this darling accessory ready to go before the big love day is upon us!
For an 18” square pillow, you will need:
- Red felt – three 8.5×11” sheets
- Red cotton or home décor fabric – ¾ yard
- Red thread
- 18” square pillow form
- Basic sewing tools: scissors, sewing machine, pins, cutting ruler
Start by cutting the fabric that will make up the pillowcase. This is an envelope pillow cover, which means it can slide right onto an existing pillow just for the Valentine’s Season without any zippers or sewing shut! From the red cotton fabric, cut one 19”x19” square and two 19”x12” rectangles; set aside.
Next, cut about 45 red hearts from the felt. The size is at your discretion; the hearts pictured measure 2”x2”. To cut the hearts, either trace a stencil and cut each one out with scissors or use a die-cut machine to make uniform hearts.
Next, play around a bit to decide on the arrangement of your hearts and how you want them to cover the pillow front.
I ultimately decided on staggered hearts in a rectangle formation.
Before sewing the hearts to the pillow, it is easiest to first sew the hearts into vertical strips. Do this by feeding the hearts into the sewing machine, keeping your stitch speed steady. Sew right through the center of a heart and onto the next one. Once all your hearts for one column are sewn together, trim the threads neatly on both ends. Continue to sew all the columns of hearts together.
Find the center of the 19”x19” square of red fabric by folding it in half one way, then the other, creasing the center, and un-folding it completely. Because there is an even number of heart strips, you will need to place the first strip of hearts off center by lining up the left edges of the hearts on the center crease. Make sure to also center the heart strip vertically on the fabric. Pin the hearts in place with straight pins.
Using a sewing machine, secure the hearts to the pillowcase by stitching right back over the stitches created when sewing the hearts into strings. Trim threads carefully.
Continue to work outward from the first column of hearts, pinning and sewing one column at a time until the pillow front is full or you’ve run out of heart strips! Your pillow front is now done.
The next step is to turn the pillow front into an actual pillowcase. Hem one long side (19” side) of both rectangles by folding over ½” and pressing, then folding over another ½” and sewing the seam shut with a sewing machine.
With the pillow front (with all the hearts on it) facing UP, lay one rectangle on top with the correct side facing DOWN and the hemmed seam toward the middle.
Place the second rectangle on top of the first one, also with the correct side facing DOWN and the hemmed seam toward the middle. Pin all the way around the perimeter of the pillow and sew all four sides shut with a sewing machine.
Trim each corner before flipping the pillow right-side-out through the “envelope” opening. Press the corners out to a pointed tip with a knitting needle or other blunt object.
Slip the pillowcase onto a spare throw pillow or new pillow form, and you’re done! Toss the pillow on a couch, chair, or entryway bench to bring a little Valentine’s Day festivity into your home.
This pillow comes together rather quickly once the hearts are all cut out; and since it’s just a pillow cover, it can be slid off and tucked away easily for next year. If you need a little more Valentine’s décor in your home, be sure to give this one a try! I’m so smitten with the result, it might stay up all February long!
Happy Valentine’s Day