I was clickin’ around on Anthropolgie.com the other day and saw something that caused me to become completely enraged. A pillow for $198. Are you kidding me?! Are you friggin’ kidding me?! Two hundo for something that my husband will eventually fart into? No, no thank you.
Now, I don’t really like to decorate with hearts. I am not even a fan of Valentine’s Day (hubs thinks “it’s on the 16th this year”, ha!). But this just really pissed me off. I dropped everything and made my own version in about an hour. You can, too. Watch this.
I had a 17×17 pillow that was too ugly to be on my couch, so that’s what I decided to use as my pillow form. Whatever size pillow you are using, add one inch to each side to get your cut size.
I cut two pieces of 18×18 canvas fabric.
I grabbed some Heat’n Bond and drew some hearts on it in various sizes…
…ironed it onto the back side of the fabric that I wanted to use and cut ‘em out….
…. and trimmed ‘em up…
Then I peeled off the backing and ironed ‘em on.
Then I loaded my machine with some black thread and got to sewin’.
If you have a free-motion foot, this is the time to use it. I tried to use my free-motion foot once and it was a disaster, so I just use the regular presser foot. The key to “tracing” shapes with your sewing machine is to always make sure that when your needle stops, it stops down. This will allow you to lift the presser foot and rotate the fabric around the needle. Take care when rotating the fabric that you don’t pull on the needle and bend/break it.
I trimmed the threads and went back for round two of hearts.
The Heat’n Bond acts like glue to keep the hearts attached to the pillow, but the inspiration pillow has hearts with frayed edges, and I wanted to fray these a tad.
I used a flat head screwdriver to rough up the edges. You could also use a pencil eraser or your fingernail.
There, now it looks almost as raggedy as that expensive Anthropologie pillow. Dang, that price tag makes me mad!
Hearts up, I put my other piece of 18×18 fabric on top.
Pinned ‘em together…
And sewed ‘em up, leaving an opening for my pillow form.
This is an example of a not-big-enough hole.
Clip the corners, making sure not to clip the stitches.
Turn it right side out and press, ironing down the opening.
This gives you a good guide to go off of when pinning/stitching.
Then I stuffed my ugly pillow in there…
…pinned the opening closed, grabbed needle and thread and then clicked here to watch a ladder stitch tutorial. Since I normally make envelope backed pillow covers, I have to watch this video almost every time I make a pillow this way. This stitch is invisible and super easy. A great stitch to have in your bag of tricks.
It’s $365 dollars.
If you have never experimented with Heat’n Bond and free motion sewing (aka sew-tracing), it’s a great way to get really creative and create something totally original. I have a collection of totes I have made this way. Like this one:
His name is Button-Eye Larry.
Get crazy. Get creative. Sew something awesome…. and share it!
I’ve teamed up with Vanessa at With Great Heart to give away this pillow! Enter below.