There’s something about writing a blog that makes you feel the need to come up with cutesy names for projects and posts.
It’s almost a compulsion.
While I was working on this sweet pillow for Fall – the name just popped in my head. And being a mushy sort of person anyway, I didn’t fight it too hard.
Plus I love Fall and I love pillows. So it’s a good fit. ;)
I’d like to show you my newest project – the Fallin’ In Love Pillow. :)
Everybody say “Aawwwwww”. :)
I have a super easy tutorial for you if you’d like to make one too.
I found some sample decorator fabric squares marked down at Joann’s and I knew they’d be perfect for a pillow. The ended up being $1 each – this pillow uses 3 of them. One each for the front and back and one for the piping. You could use any fabric you have on hand though.
- 1 12 x 16 piece of fabric for pillow front
- 1 12 x 16 piece of lining if pillow front is sheer
- 1 12 x 16 piece of fabric for back
- 1 pillow form
- fabric for piping
- 60″ cording
- leaf garland
I had the leaf garland on hand but you can find them almost anywhere. I’ve seen them at Walmart and they might even have them at the Dollar Store. You want to make sure and choose the garland that has the fabric leaves.
Cut a heart shape out of paper and gently remove enough leaves from the plastic backing on the garland to cover the heart.
It’s a little hard to see my heart shape there.
If your top fabric is a little sheer like mine was, sew it to your lining fabric around the edges.
Trace your heart shape onto the top of the pillow.
Marking pens are one of my great frustrations in life.
The two pens I have drive me crazy. One is the blue type and doesn’t come off the fabric unless you talk real nice to it and promise it a dinner out.
The other is a purple pen and fades away faster than you can say “I’m using you because the blue pen won’t wash out so you better not fade away”. Oh it’s gone? Great.
If anyone has found a marking pen that falls somewhere in the middle – I would love to know where you got it.
Enough drama. :)
Begin by sewing your leaves on around the edges of the heart. I wanted mine to be loose so I only did one row of stitching down the middle of each leaf.
(Purple pen already fading away haha). Sewing fast now.
Continue layering and sewing down leaves, keeping within the marking line for the heart.
Overlap the leaves to cover the center.
Set your pillow front aside.
Cut 2″ strips out of your piping fabric and piece them together if needed to make 60″.
It is a good idea to cut your strips out on the bias (diagonal to the selvedge). It also has the added bonus of making the pattern on your fabric angled which looks fun.
Fold the piping in half with the cording in the center, wrong sides together. With your zipper foot on your machine, sew the piping together.
Pin the piping to the front of the pillow, overlapping the piping at the bottom center. Sew to the pillow front, just inside the stitching line on the piping.
Place the pillow backing on the front piece, right sides together. Pin all the edges.
Sew the pillow front and back together, right along the edge of the piping. This stitching line will be the closest yet to the piping.
Make sure you leave an opening for turning large enough for you pillow form. Which of course I didn’t do and spent waaaaayyyy too long stuffing the thing in.
When your pillow form is finally in, hand sew the opening closed.
That’s pretty easy isn’t it?? ;)
It’s a fun addition to our Fall decor and I can leave it out after all the Halloween things come down.
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