Quick DIY: Mini Heart Pillows

One would think it would be impossible to forget a holiday that is advertised everywhere for the month and a half leading up to it, but one would be wrong. That is how I found myself desperately making four Valentine’s at 8:00pm Thursday night. At first I attempted to knit some little heart pillows. I found the perfect tutorial and had set about on the knitting, when I looked at the clock, realized it was 9:00pm now, and saw that I was only about a quarter of the way through Valentine #1.

Change of plans, and quick. I don’t have much in the way of craft supplies just lying around. Sure, I could draw up some cards in no time, but these are for little people who are pre-reading and would really rather have something tangible. So I dug through my meager closet stash and found a piece of purple, a piece of yellow, and a large piece of green felt in my “leftovers” basket.

With just the felt, a pair of scissors, some embroidery thread, and a minuscule amount of supplemental yarn to add to the padding, I managed to whip up some cute little love pillows.

Mini Heart Pillow DIY

Materials

  • Colored Craft Felt
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Stuffing (can use fiber fill, left-over fabric/yarn, basically whatever you have on hand to fill the pillow with)

Instructions

  1. Cut two matching heart shapes from the felt. This can either be done with a template you create on paper or, my favorite method, by folding the felt in half while cutting to keep the hearts as close to each other in shape as possible.
  2. Using all six strands of embroidery thread (to make it stand out; use less if you want a more subtle effect), back-stitch the name of the recipient or your desired message onto one of the felt hearts. This tutorial from wikiHow can help if you have never done a back-stitch before. Note- I don’t knot my thread, i just leave a bit hanging at the beginning of my work on the wrong side of the fabric.
  3. Holding both hearts wrong sides together, take all six strands of thread and a running stitch around the edges to hold the pieces together. Be sure to stuff it as you go so you aren’t trying to push a whole pillow’s-worth of stuffing through a tiny hole at the end.
  4. Bring the end of your thread through the middle of the pillow, putting the needle in between the felt pieces at the edge and taking it out the same way at the opposite edge and cut the thread close to the pillow.

And that is it. You have a nice little gift to show your love and appreciation of a loved one in a very short amount of time. I think each of these took me around ten minutes from start to finish. It may take you more or less time depending on how proficient you are at sewing and embroidery, of course.

What kinds of gifts did you give for Valentine’s day?

Shades of Purple

There’s a purple theme going on here lately. That’s perfectly fine by me.

Remember my Self-Striped Heart Gloves? I found another skein of the yarn I used, this time in purple.

There’s the same yarn-over heart on top and bottom.

These kind of gloves are really good for tasks that require the use of your fingers. Like using a smartphone, or typing.

You can buy this purple version by clicking here. They are made from 100% Microfiber Dralon and you can machine wash and dry them.

Self-Striped Heart Gloves

I’ve been on a glove-making kick lately. Especially after my sock-yarn-buying kick a few months ago.

I’m really proud of these. They are made from self-striping Microfiber Dralon yarn. I have no clue what that is, but it sounds cool.

I came up with a pattern to knit them seamlessly. I also created a heart on the top and palm sides.

It took a few times of reworking the first glove, but I finally got it down. I even made some in blue.

Since the yarn stripes itself, every glove is unique. They still come in pairs, but don’t match stripe for stripe.

What are your obsessions lately?

These are available on my Etsy site, pink here and blue here. You can also see my write-up of it on Craftsy here.

In Progress: Bottle Cap Necklaces

I recently got some painted bottle caps to use for making necklaces, bracelets, or pins. I’ve been working on some images to go inside of them.

Unfortunately, the colors became strange when I uploaded the pictures to WordPress. Imagine the purple spots as more magenta colored.

I’m hoping to also use these images as patterns for silk-screening soon, and the necklaces with these should be finished by next week.

Love Fishes, A Valentine Paper Craft

These started out as Valentines for our friends at church, but I got a late start and they weren’t ready in time. Instead, we ended up giving them to our neighbors, plus I sent one to the recipient of the Soft Kitty and gave one to the little boy I watch currently.

These fish are made completely of paper hearts. I used those raised sticker hearts for the eyes and lips. The templates for the paper hearts came from the original Valentine craft on Family.com. I chose to use card stock instead of the other scrapbook papers to make these cards a little sturdier.

I marked them all with recipients’ names on the opposite side before they were attached to their corresponding presents.

I really like all the ideas on Family.com, even though they are mainly directed at people with young children. My mom and I especially enjoy the plethora of Phineas and Ferb coloring sheets and craft ideas.

What is your favorite place to find inspiration for your craft projects and presents?