Simple Valentine’s Pillow

Love Pillow

I know, didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?! Yes, we did, but like all holidays there’s always another one around the corner! Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a loving person and I enjoy romantic gestures, but it’s always seemed way too commercialized for just one day. I kinda feel like it’s just another way for big box stores to make money off of us. Okay, so enough of the negativity! This year I’ve decided to embrace the positive side of Valentine’s Day and show the love! If nothing else, I’m doing it for my kids because they LOVE any and all holidays!

I’ve been wanting to make a small pillow with some burlap I had leftover from another project and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Add some red felt I also had leftover and “wahla!” (or however you spell that) a Valentine’s Day pillow! This is a super simple project, especially for the novice sewer and crafter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 yard of burlap

1 12×12 square of red felt, or a similar size

Poly-Fil pillow stuffing

1 package of Heat n Bond

Iron

Ironing board

Letter stencils, if desired

Directions:

1. Cut two 14×14 squares of burlap. I used a tape measure and fabric pen to mark measurements.

Measure

2. Follow directions on Heat n Bond and apply to felt with iron.

Heat Bond

3. To achieve symmetrical letters, trace letters on paper portion of Heat n Bond with stencil or by hand and cut out. For a more whimsical look (like mine), cut out letters by free hand.

Iron Letters

4. Once your letters are cut out, follow directions on Heat n Bond to apply them to one square of your burlap. You will need to remove paper backing from letters, pin them in place, turn burlap and letters facing down on ironing board and iron as directed. Once letters are ironed on, place both squares of burlap together, with letters facing inward and sew 1 1/2 inches in along the top and both sides of pillow.

Sew

5. Trim excess burlap off around seams, leaving about a 1/2 inch. This reduces the bulk once the pillow is turned inside out. Turn pillow inside out, making sure corners are pushed all the way out. Stuff pillow with Poly-Fil until desired fullness is achieved. Fold seams inward on bottom of pillow and pin to hold in place. Once you have pinned along the entire bottom, you will need to hand stitch closed.

Pin Seam

I’m using my pillow as a cute little accent pillow in our living room. You could also give as a gift to show someone your love on Valentine’s Day and all through the year!

Enjoy!

Easy DIY Envelope Pillow Covers

Envelope Cover

My mom was an amazing seamstress. Unfortunately, I paid little or no attention when I was younger, especially in my teen years when I was much too busy dealing with the latest drama. But, I digress!

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in sewing from time to time and even asked my in-laws for a sewing machine for Christmas one year. However, most of the time it collected dust. It wasn’t until I got sober and needed something to focus on, that I actually took it out, dusted it off and started using it (after I re-read the manual a dozen times!). I started off small by making some burlap and fabric banners (I’ll have to post those later!) and eventually moved on to larger projects – but not too large!

Surprisingly, I’ve found a lot of enjoyment in teaching myself to sew and satisfaction in completing a project. It’s one of the many ways I’ve practiced following through with things, which hasn’t always been my strong suit! I’m far from an accomplished seamstress – if anything I’m a total amateur. Regardless, it’s a fun way to express my creativity and practice not being perfect – because, believe me, my sewing is NOT perfect!

Okay, so on to my latest sewing project. We recently got new couches for our living area and I desperately wanted some new throw pillows. Instead of buying them like I usually would, I thought “what the heck!” I’ll try making some covers for my old pillows. It can’t be that hard, right? Well, there’s A LOT of ways to make throw pillow covers. Oh, and did I mention I like easy, no fuss projects? I’ve never done a zipper, so that was out. A sewing friend of mine mentioned she always makes envelope-style pillow covers, which sounded much more doable. Being optimistic, I bought some cute fabric from an adorable fabric and quilting store in Sisters, OR called the Stitchin Post.

Okay, with fabric in hand, I Googled envelope-style pillow covers. I wanted to use two different patterns, for front and back, so I looked for directions that incorporated those elements. Like I said, I like easy projects, which also includes EASY directions! I found a great tutorial over at Redbook Magazine. With cutting, ironing and sewing, the whole project took about an hour – allow for a bit longer if you’re trying to prepare dinner and answer kid questions all at the same time!

Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out! The only thing I would do differently next time is add a few more inches to the width of the front panel, so a total of eight inches instead of five as it suggests. My pillows have a small gap at the envelope closure and adding a bit more fabric would prevent this.

Apparently, even our kitty, Tally, approves of the finished product!

Envelope Kitty