Monday, January 17, 2011

V and Co. how to: gathered heart pillow

last week was butt freezing cold here. like in the negatives. so i needed something to keep me busy and happy in the house. and well valentines being around the corner...well when you are a crafter and trying to create things for the holiday... it's right around the corner.
this little pillow is fast and easy and well, a happy maker in freezing temps.
lets get started:

materials needed:
a strip of pink or red fabric approx size of 6" by 12"
two squares of muslin (i used sandcastle fabric i had on hand in my stash) cut to around 10" by 10".

okay now lets get started with the sewing:

first you are going to put your machine on the running stitch. mine is a #5.
sew a 1/4" seam along both of the long sides of your pink fabric.
**while you are sewing your running stitch, hold slightly your thread up above, by the spool of thread. this will create your gather as you go.

do the same thing to the other side.
here is what your gather should look like.
next you are going to take your muslin square
and you are going to place right side facing away from you, the gathered piece of fabric on the wrong side of your fabric.
pin in place and then sew around your square.
next with a washable pen either free hand a heart (which is what i did), or make a template by folding in half a piece of paper and cutting a heart half on it (you know like you used to do in elementary!), open up and trace your heart onto the right side of the muslin.
next sew on your heart line.
now to make sure you don't cut any part of your gather, gently separate your muslin from the gathered fabric behind it.
with scissors, cut an opening, and then continue (making sure you don't cut any of your gathered fabric!) to cut close to your sewn edge of the heart.

cut down your muslin if you want a smaller pillow, and cut the backing square to the same size, place right sides together, sew all around all four sides leaving an opening at least 4 inches wide in one side for stuffing.

turn right side out, stuff with poly fill, and hand stitch closed.
all done!
and there you have a super cute little festive valentine pillow.

**warning, your daughter may find it too cute for it to be wasted out in the living room, and she may confiscate it and put it in her room. i'm just sayin.
it's okay, she can have it. it looks cute under her dolly's head anyways.
maybe i should make her a matching dolly quilt...hmmmm.
have a good one we'll talk soon.
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61 comments:

Lindsay Conner said...

I LOVE this! Great project...

Chikosa said...

Great idea! Very gently!

DEKAKADO said...

Wat een geweldig idee.
Groetjes, Marleen.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Absolutely my favorite Valentine tutorial yet in blogland V!!! And love your gathering method - I hadn't ever seen that before and it is perfect for this project!!! Thank you!

Cheryl said...

cute, cute , cute.
matching dolly quilt would be adoreable. such sweet fabric.

Angelika said...

That looks very nice!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

I love this project! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tutorial.

mohundro mom said...

Yay!!! The 3 year old girl and I have been on a hunt for Valentine's sewing projects! This is perfect :-) She even pronounced it so. Can't wait to get started... as soon as we finish our little heart prayer flags...

Creative Mind said...

Super cute & lovely pillow...wonderful idea..thanks for sharing...

Allie said...

I love this! So simple and sweet. Thanks for the tutorial!

bdaiss said...

Love this. Thanks so much for a genius idea - especially for using up a bit of stash! (And yes, I think I better make at least 2.)

QuiltSwissy said...

Thank you for the way to gather without having the expensive gathering foot I was lusting after. I recently found a patter for a small tote that had a gathered front and it was giving me fits!

glen: off to do birthday things!

Lori Thompson said...

very cute!!

sharpal said...

I heart this

Emily said...

I love it! Thanks for the gathering tip. I'm excited to try.

~april said...

this is a amzing. your fabirc choices are spot on! i have a bunch of fabric hanging around, but nothing like that. i am working on a heart pillow for our bed, so maybe i can make this one for my family room!

Amy said...

This is lovely! The fabric is yummy! Thanks for the tutorial.
xoxo,
Amy

Genevieve said...

super cute! i've been all out of creativity due to morning sickness but just today was feeling the urge for a fast, simple, but adorable project and this is it! thank you thank you! love your blog (even though i'm the worst commentor ever- but i am a faithful follower!!)

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

This is SO cute! I love it, putting on my to do list.

Taylor

Danae said...

Super cute! Thanks for the tute!

Christine said...

What a super idea! I can't wait to try it!

Kari said...

I. "LOVE". THIS. I'll definitely be sharing with my readers....so flippin' cute and I've never seen anything like it!!!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Uber cute!

Katie said...

What a cute and easy project. I'm going to make one this week!

Susan said...

Oh so pretty!

April said...

So Smashing !!! Beginning sewer here....so tell me which string do you hold to make that beautiful ruffle...and with which hand...and hold it up where....maybe just a ruffle tutorail with this method would be helpful...for a lil' ole beginner.

Pillow is just lovely !!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

love it, may have to make a matching pin cushion.

cathyb said...

Wow - just found your blog through ... okay now i forget i have been blog hopping for about an hour and don't remember how i got here ; 0
Just wanted to say i love your blog and will come back soon

V and Co. said...

thanks guys!
april, to answer your questions:
1.the thread on the top of your sewing machine, where the thread comes off the spool.
2.hold it with your right hand (in the picture it looks like my left hand because i'm taking the picture with my right hand...i'm my one person show over here!)
3. no need to hold it up anywhere, just give it some tension with your fingers, this will make the gather happen on its own.
4. maybe i will do a tutorial just on that method! but for right now i hope that helps a bit!

April said...

Thank you so very much for the reply...I will give that a try and keep my eye out for super special designated tutorial too (wink)..thanks so much...have a happy day !!!

Chris said...

So clever, V. I need to make some for my girls...forget valentines!

Larissa said...

cuteness!!!!!!

Is that too many exclamations points? Did I go overboard?

Just Another Day in Paradise

Mike and Shayla said...

I love it!

Attempting Aloha said...

Yay! I've been trying to think of something I can do with some cute, cheap after-Christmas-sale stockings, and I think this may be the perfect inspiration!

Turned out so cute! I'll let you know how mine goes today...working with sequins! :)

Aloha,
charlie

Amanda said...

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Amanda
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Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Absolutely lovely!

Jeanette said...

Thanks for the fun idea! I just made one for my house! It was an immediate hit with my girls....we will have to see for how long it is really mine!! I may make some more with a ruffle or some fun rick rack on the edge too!

Sandy said...

LOVE this!

Shanna said...

Hello from a new reader!

Love the pillow. LOVE the gathering technique. Super handy and brand new to me.

Made the pillow tonight in only about an hour entirely out of stuff I had laying around.

You're the best!!!

V and Co. said...

so excited some of you have already made it! please post them in flickr if you get a chance!!!!

Katie said...

OMG! I absolutely LOVE this pillow! I need to make this now!!!

Dawn W said...

What a darling pillow! You are SO creative, and I'm so glad you share so many good ideas!

Quick question for you: I'm making your eat. play. sleep. repeat. quilt (baby coming soon), and was wondering if you have a complete pdf file for an alphabet of those letters, or if you knew where I could find one. If you do, could you please let me know. Thanks so much!

iliketoquilt@hotmail.com

V and Co. said...

hi dawn, for the eat play sleep repeat quilt i just have those letters, i used chip board letters (found at scrapbooking stores) to trace the letters.

Ashley said...

thanks for the tutorial, this was my nap time crafting the other day and my little girl loved waking up to her new pillow:)

torri said...

I love this!!! I also love the other ruffled pillow in the background...did you make that one too? Do you have a tutorial on that?

V and Co. said...

hi torri! yes you can find the ruffle pillow in my shop!

thefarmprincess said...

This is so cute. I can't wait to try this technique out. Thanks so much for sharing.

dgnsbach said...

Really cute

Chelsea Ling said...

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Beth J said...

Can't wait to try this, with the heart and other shapes. Thanks for the idea!!!

Hilarious Homemaker said...

ADORABLE! Ooh! This would be a neat gift idea. Quick, easy, cheap...and they'll think it took hours!

LOVE IT!

Jenny Bolech said...

I love this idea! I just wanted to let you know I linked to your project on my blog today. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Liz said...

Thanks for the darling tutorial Vanessa!! I love your stuff and your hilarious style of writing.

I went to get some supplies for this pillow at JoAnn's today, and they didn't have sandcastle fabric and had no clue what I was talking about. Not a big shocker but totally annoying!

Where do you buy your sandcastle fabric? I like the textured look it adds to your pillow.

V and Co. said...

hey liz, you know i used to get sandcastle in quilt stores (like the specialty ones) but this one is from moda and it's from the "lily and will" collection and it's called "quilted texture ivory" at least that's what it says on the their site. on that line there's also a waffle texture fabric that might be fun to work with as well!

Ann-Marie said...

This pillow is so cute, I can hardly stand it! Seeing as I am in no way handy with a sewing machine, I will just have to come back here from time to time to look at it and smile. :)

Jan Debus said...

love the sweet heart pillow. Thanks for the tutorial.

KatiesKloset said...

Love this little pillow making one of these today ;)
Thanks for tutorial x

Erin said...

I had stopped by to check out the MBS progressive dinner post and saw this pillow. I LOVE it! Especially since it's something that I can put together quickly.

Karyn said...

Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Jana said...

Thank you so much for the WONDERFUL tutorial. I broke out my sewing making that hadn't been used for 8 years and did this project. Of course mine wasn't as cute as yours because I just used what I had on hand but I still adore it. Hope you don't mind me posting a link to my results at my blog:
http://hobbiesmakemehappy.blogspot.com/2011/01/gathered-heart-pillow.html

Thanks again!

Christina said...

I LOVE it!

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