Hello, 30 Days Readers! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie with an easy sewing project: this Floral Love Pillow for Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I don’t decorate much for this holiday, but this easy pillow is a little something fun you can whip up in an afternoon and call yourself festive. :) I have a friend who has a Christmas pillow with this kind of cut-out block lettering on it and I’ve been dying to create one like it ever since I saw hers.
I love a good floral print. I’m not a huge fan of all things red and pink for Valentine’s Day so a bold floral print works just perfectly for my Valentine’s Day decorations. And you could even keep this pillow out for other seasons as well since it’s not super Valentine’s-y.
Ok, let’s get to making.
Materials Needed: Floral fabric (amount depends on the size of your pillow), pillow form, “LOVE” template, fusible webbing, terrycloth fabric for letters (or other fuzzy textured fabric)-not pictured, permanent marker -not pictured, iron and sewing essentials.
Let’s start with the applique.
Tape the “LOVE” template to the window upside down so that you can see the letters backwards, then tape a piece of fusible webbing on top of it with the paper backing facing you. Trace the letters with a permanent marker onto the paper backing side.
Cut a piece of terrycloth fabric (or just leave it on the large piece you have on hand-ha) and iron the fusible webbing to the back of the fabric. Terrycloth is two sided so pick the side you want to be the back and use that side.
This part is a little tricky, but it went fast after I figured out how I wanted to do it. Before you cut out the letters, your’re going to make marks for the cut-out portion of the letters. Each letter is roughly an inch wide so you want a 1/4 inch section cut out in the middle of the letter. To do this, line up your ruler on both sides of the letter. On either side of the half inch mark (inside the letter) are the 3/8 inch mark and the 5/8 inch mark. You’re going to use those as the guidelines for the strip you cut out of the middle. Go along every inch or so and mark with your pen where those measurements are so you’ll be able to cut a straight strip out of the middle of the letter. Above you can see how I did the bottom of the “V”. For the straight block letters (all but the “O”), you’ll want to make these marks until you get to the edge of the letter and then measure up 3/8 from the edge and draw the straight line for the end of the letter from there like you see on the right in the picture above. Essentially, you’re making another block letter inside the block letter that you will eventually cut out.
For the “O”, you’ll have to make several more marks than some of the straight letters. Just follow the curve of the letter on the top and bottom and stop often to make marks at the 3/8 and 5/8 marks.
Once you’re finished marking your letters, they should look something like this…
Now let’s cut out the middle strip from the letters. Pinch the letter in half and take some nice fabric scissors and snip (every so carefully!) a small hole in the center of the strip you plan to cut out from the letter. Use that as your starting point and cut along the markings you made until the letter has another block letter cut out of it.
Now you should have this. Don’t freak out when you cut the “O” out and you have two separate pieces. That’s normal. :)
Next we need to cut the pillow cover fabric. For this pillow cover I made a simple envelope style pillow cover and used this tutorial as a guide because it’s been a couple years since I had actually one! I didn’t take pictures of this step so feel free to check out that link, but don’t worry- it’s easy. You will cut 3 pieces of fabric: one piece the exact same size as your pillow, and two pieces with the same width but 3 inches shorter in height (top to bottom) of your pillow. I had a 14 inch square pillow form so I cut 3 pieces of fabric- one at 14″x14″, and two at 14″x11″. You would have to adjust your measurements depending on the size of your pillow .
Let’s attach the applique now.
Lay out the LOVE applique how you want it onto the larger piece of fabric on the right side. You can make the letters closer together or farther apart, but be sure to stay consistent with your measurements from the top and bottom and on each side. Once you know the letters are where you want them, pick up each letter one at a time and peel off the paper backing , then place it back in its spot. Press down with the iron and hold for several seconds (or follow manufacturer’s instructions). I started with the “L” and then did the “E” next and measured twice to be sure they were in the right place before ironing, then I spaced the “O” and the “V” between them.
Once all the letters are ironed on, top stitch around every edge of the letters (inside and outside) staying as close to the edge as you can.
Now let’s finish up the back of the pillow cover.
Hem one long edge of each of the smaller pieces of fabric. You can do this by folding up the edge 1/4 inch and press, and then folding it up again and press. I use my Dritz Ezy-Hem, but that’s because I am terrible at hemming. If you can go without, yay. After the hems are pressed, stitch them down.
Your small pieces should look like this on one end now.
Now let’s sew the back pieces and front pieces together.
Place the front piece of the pillow cover right side up and then one back piece wrong side up on top (right sides together). Once it’s lined up, lay the other piece on top of it, right side down with the non-hemmed edge lining up with the outside of the pillow cover.
Pin well all the way around. Sew using a 1/4 inch seam all the way around. Tim the corners and zig zag the edges.
Flip the cover inside out and use a blunt pencil to poke out the corners. Press.
Jam your pillow form in there really well being sure to get the corners of the form all the way up into the corners of the cover. Fluff it up and throw it on the couch!
This pillow’s colors and pattern scream happiness to me. I’m loving it!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the Floral Love Pillow for Valentine’s Day!
If you need more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out these great projects!