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