How To: Make a Modern Heart Pillow

I wouldn’t really consider myself a Valentine’s Day decorator. Usually things are pretty low key around our house on February 14th. That being said – I couldn’t resist making a couple modern heart pillows to display in February (and I may just keep them out all year long!)

modern heart pillow

Mostly I was inspired by this beautiful Liberty of London fabric! I’d been wanting some for so long, so I finally went for it and ordered a quarter of a yard from Purl Soho (at the time of this post it looks like their website is under maintenance). Also pictured is Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen line in Ruby and Sand.

New project fabric

My finished pillows are 18×18 inches, so I cut out an 18 1/2 inch square in the lighter fabric for the front of the pillow. The extra half inch is to allow for a quarter inch seam allowance all the way around. For the back, I chose to do an envelope closure, and cut out 2 pieces to overlap and still equal 18 1/2 inches squared. Read more about how to make an envelope closure here.

I learned two new sewing skills for this project – the instructions and supplies are included below in two separate tutorials. Continue reading

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Cherrywood Chevron Pillows: Quilted Top and Envelope Back

Happy holidays! It’s been a wonderful week. We visited family last weekend, and then John and I had a quiet Christmas day at home.

Now I’ve just been catching up on cleaning and doing things around the house. I know that sounds boring, but it’s been nice! I love not having to rush around, so these last couple days off of work have been fantastic to get things done. I also got to take some photos of my finished Cherrywood chevron pillows!

cherrywood chevron pillows

I talked about the beginning of this project here.

After prepping the fabric, I used my rotary cutter to cut triangle and parallelogram shapes based on my pattern, and sewed them together to make the top. Then, I made a mini quilt sandwich with flannel and a plain white scrap of fabric. Quilting with the flannel instead of batting turned out nicely, but I would definitely recommend using your sewing machine! I started out by hand-quilting, and while it looks nice, it was very difficult to do  because the needle doesn’t slide through the flannel easily.

Here’s what the two methods look like next to each other. I do love the hand stitched look, so this finished pillow will be extra special.

hand vs machine quilted

Once the tops were quilted, I needed to make the backs. I sewed little triangles of the Cherrywood fabric onto paper so I could bring it into the Quilt Store and browse for the perfect complementary fabric.

Fabric samples

This pretty Robert Kaufman fabric matched perfectly.

I used this tutorial as a guideline to make an envelope closure back. It was so easy!

chevron pillow envelope back

All that was left was purchasing a few 16×16 pillow forms to insert in the covers. I enjoyed making these pillow covers because I can switch them out for different ones whenever I want! And making the pillows was similar to making a quilt, but on a much smaller scale. It was fun to be able to have a finished product in such a short amount of time.

stacked chevron pillows

I’m calling my first quilted pillows a success!

Cherrywood Chevron Pillows: Fabric and Using Synthrapol

Since I finished my Broken Dishes Quilt, I was finally able to move on to another project! This time I tried my hand at some pillow covers. I guess I just love pillows – remember when I made polka dot pillows last year? Instead of stuffing them with poly-fil, this time I made quilted covers for a 16×16 pillow insert, with a simple envelope closure on the back.

This is the sketch I came up with. I love chevron, but wanted to do something a bit different. I’m taking this idea and making square pillows. It may end up as a full-sized quilt someday, too!

chevron design

I fell in love with Cherrywood fabric when I came across it at QuiltCon last year, and I’m so excited to use the 8-step fat quarter bundle I purchased!

dutch tulip cherrywood fabric

This bundle is called “Dutch Tulip”

Aren’t they beautiful? I love these as well:

Cherrywood bundles

Images from Cherrywood Fabric website

1. Melon Patch
2. Madagascar
3. Onyx to Light
4. Potters Wheel

When I purchased the bundle, they included a pamphlet on caring for and washing the hand-dyed fabric. I’m glad I kept it and followed their directions!

Synthrapol
It is recommended to use Synthrapol when washing, which you can buy from craft stores, Cherrywood’s website, or on Amazon.

Check out the water when I washed the reds. Followed by a second wash.
washing hand dyed fabrics

See how much dye was released? The Synthrapol prevents it from reattaching onto the other fabrics.

Once washed, the fabric was dried and ironed, measured and cut, and sewn up! I have a few final steps to complete, and next week I’ll share photos of the finished pillows!

>>special thanks to Ken for loaning me his camera (Canon Rebel T2i). I’m VERY excited to practice using a nice camera, and even more excited about having some non-iphone photos appear on the blog for once.