Okay so prior to this recent holiday season, I very rarely got inspired by holiday projects. Like I always thought they were cool and cute and stuff, but I prefer to work on projects that feel like me and most of those projects didn’t. And then this idea popped into my head that allowed me to both try new things and create some uber rad pillows that most definitely feel like a crafty inhabitant of the Boudreaux household.
- For Pillow Front: Two 10.5” squares of pre-washed denim (one blue & one red)
- For Each Envelope Pillow Back: Two 7.5″ x 10.5” squares of pre-washed denim in the color of your choice – total 4pc (two blue & two red)
- Two complimentary thread colors
- Two solids fabrics (and cording if you choose to make your own piping) or piping that matches the thread choices
- 8.5” square of card stock
- Two 10.5” squares of woven fusible interfacing
- Fray block
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Reds: Art Gallery Fabrics Scarlet Brick Textured Denim & Aurora Red Pure Elements and Red 50wt Aurifil
- Blues: Rainy Night Crosshatch Textured Denim & Nocturnal Pure Elements and Very Dark Navy 50wt Aurifil
Preparing the Heart
- Fold the card stock at the diagonal. Draw the curvy part of the heart.
- Following this line, cut through both halves of the heart.
- Open your heart and enjoy.
Preparing the Fabric
- Lay one red and one blue fabric square on top of each other, right sides down.
- Place the card stock heart, with the point and flat sides ¼” away from the fabric edge. Trace the curvy part of the heart onto the back of the fabric.
- Following the outline, carefully cut through both layers of fabric.
- Use fray block on the the both edges that you just cut and allow to dry per product instructions.
- Once dry, fit together like a puzzle the two mixed denim combinations on top of the fusible interfacing squares and press with a steam iron until set.
Stitching the Heart
Following the specifications listed below, use a zigzag stitch to outline the heart and join the fabric pieces together:
- 0.2 stitch length, 6.0 stitch width. If your machine only goes up to 5.0, that’s fine too. We’re keeping this easy breezy.
- Monogramming foot (N) – I like this one because it’s wider and it’s easier for me to keep the center opening directly in between the two fabrics.
- Use the thread that is the same color as the heart.
Finishing the Pillows
So now this isn’t a post that is going to teach you how to make piping or finish a pillow, but I will share with you the choices that I made and why I made them. For these pillows, I chose to make my own piping using solids fabrics that matched the thread because I wanted it to both frame the pillow and continue the outline of the heart down. To see how to finish the edges of the 7.5″ x 10.5″ pieces of fabric for the backs and construct an envelope back pillow, please see this post. Please note you will have to sandwich your piping between the front and back layers before you stitch it up. For information on how to work with piping, please see this month’s foot of the month article here.
Now if you aren’t feeling the piping for your own pillow, you can also bind the pillows using the solid fabric, like you would a quilt, which would similarly frame the pillow and finish the heart. You guessed it, there’s a machine binding tutorial here. However, these are your pillows, so whatever makes you happy at the end of the day, I 100% support whatever choice that is.
If you have any questions about this project or any of the steps I didn’t go over, feel free to leave them in the comments because I’m always happy to chat with ya.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Solid Textured Denim & Pure Elements are Art Gallery Fabrics products and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product.
50wt Aurifil thread is an Aurifil product and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product.