Valentine's Day Pillows - Step by Step Tutorial from Two More Minutes

Valentine’s Day Pillows

I admit it.  I have a slight obsession with pillows.  I love how changing up the pillows on my sofas and chairs can change the whole room seasonally or for holidays.  Before I learned to sew, I spent a good amount of money on decorative pillow covers.  Now that I can make them myself, the sky is the limit!

Valentine's Day Pillows - Step by Step Tutorial from Two More Minutes

This is just an envelope pillow so it is very quick to make.  For these Valentine’s Day pillows, I used a dark brown suiting wool.  Since the wool was a little more expensive, I just used muslin for the back.  I used basic felt 9″ x 12″ sheets for the hearts.

Materials (for an 18″ square pillow)
1/2 yard wool or cotton for the front of the pillow
3/4 yard cotton muslin for the back
scraps of felt for the hearts
basic sewing supplies

Valentine's Day Pillows

Cut an 18″ x 18″ piece of your main fabric for your pillow front.  Cut your hearts from the felt.  You can cut them free hand or print a clip art heart and trace it.  Place them where you would like them to be on the right side of the main fabric.  I used a little piece of Wonder Tape to hold each one in place or you could pin them.

Valentine's Day Pillows

Take the fabric to your machine.  Starting at the bottom of each heart, stitch straight up to the top.  I used a straight stitch but increased the stitch length to about 3.5 so the stitches would be more visible.

Valentine's Day Pillows

From the muslin, cut two pieces 18″ x 13″.  Take each piece and on one of the 18″ sides fold up 1/2″ press, fold another 1/2″ and press.  Sew each hem using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Place the hemmed back pieces over the front of the pillow and line up, right sides together.  Pin or clip to hold in place.  Sew using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Valentine's Day Pillows

Since the wool won’t fray much and this won’t be subject to a lot of use, I just finished the edges with pinking shears.

Valentine's Day Pillows

Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Poke out the corners with a pencil or point turner and press the seams flat.  Insert your pillow and admire your new pillow cover!  I also made a 24″ pillow with just a felt heart.  Do you change up your pillows as much as I do?

Valentine's Day Pillows - Step by Step Tutorial from Two More Minutes


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  • By Ginnie -

    This is so cute! I may have to make one for myself:)

  • By Remy -

    awesome tutorial! Sewing is in my bucket list in learn how to do it. Great post.

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  • By Crystelle -

    What a fun idea!! I love how the hearts are “hanging” from strings!!
    And who would have thought to use brown as a background on Valentines day? Is that to drop hints about chocolate gifts? It looks great!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  • By Julie -

    Oh so pretty, and not overly complicated. Love them. I agree about cushion covers completely changing a room which makes me wonder why I don’t change ours more often! Now my daughter has gone to Uni I live in a house full of men/boys and they just don’t get it when I change anything! (that’s when they notice of course)

  • By Christina @ I Gotta Create! -

    Love your pillows, Stephanie!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
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  • By Stephanie Theisen -

    Thanks Julie! I usually change the covers when my husband is at work so I don’t have to explain myself 😉

  • By Stephanie Theisen -

    Thanks, Christina!

  • By Stephanie Theisen -

    Thanks, Crystelle! They do look like a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates!

  • By Stephanie Theisen -

    Thanks, Remy. I only learned to sew last year, but I love it! You could always buy a pillow cover and hand sew some hearts on it.

  • By Stephanie Theisen -

    Thanks, Ginnie!

  • By Marni @ Haberdashery Fun -

    This is an awesome pillow. Found you over at Someday Crafts

  • By Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog -

    Cute, cute, CUTE! And you make it look so easy too! I popped over from Work It Wednesday– thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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