This was such a fun and quick DIY! Let me show you how to make an easy no sew heart pillow, just in time for your Valentine’s Day decor.
Since I started with a store bought pillow cover, this Valentine craft was so simple.
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I actually made 2 of these pillows at one time because I wanted a pair of them on my sofa.
It only took about 30 minutes to make 2 of them. So let’s get started making a cute heart pillow.
what you will need for no sew heart pillows
For your no sew heart pillow, you will need a pillow cover and a few basic supplies. Some craft paint, a paint brush, piece of paper and a pair of scissors and a piece of cardboard to fit inside the pillow cover is all you need.
I purchased my pillow cover at the craft store for only $3.99. I bought 2 of them, since I wanted a pair of heart pillows for my living room sofa.
The pillow covers came in lots of different colors, but I chose a linen color to go with the neutral decor in my home.
If you like to sew, you might want to pull out the sewing machine and stitch one up. You may already have pieces of fabric that would work. The best part is they would be completely homemade heart pillows and be a great way to say money on this Valentine’s Day pillow.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing your pillow cover is you need a fabric that is smooth enough to paint on.
Choosing a rough fabric, fleece fabric or fur type fabric wouldn’t work for this craft. A linen or cotton fabric is much easier to paint on.
I chose an ivory color paint for the heart design on my pillow. These small bottles of paint are usually only about $1.00-$2.00 and are available at any craft store and even Walmart.
directions for making a diy heart pillow
First, you will need to make a pattern for your heart shape.
I just used a piece of white paper from my printer. Since I wanted a larger heart on my pillow, I had to tape 2 pieces of paper together to make the pattern large enough. Obviously, if you want a smaller heart, 1 piece of paper will work.
Next, I folded my paper in half long ways, and using the fold line I drew a half heart shape.
Cut the paper heart shape out, then open up to see the size and shape your heart will be. You can edit the shape if it isn’t quite what you want.
Just fold it back in half and keep trimming it up until you get the desired shape. I trimmed the curves of the heart several times before I got the shape I wanted.
I ironed my pillow cover before I started working on it just to make sure I had a flat surface to paint on.
Now, you need to cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside your pillow cover. This will give you a firm surface to paint on and keep the paint from seeping through to the back side of your pillow.
Next step is to open your heart template up, and place on top of the front of the pillow.
You will want to place the center of the heart pattern in the center of the pillow cover.
Trace around the heart shape so you have a pattern to paint your heart onto the pillow. I used a quilters pen that is disappearing ink for this part, but you can use a pencil if you don’t have that.
The quilters pen ink will disappear in about 24 hours, so it’s great in case you make a mistake in drawing your pattern.
If you use a pen or pencil, just draw as lightly as possible so your paint will cover it.
Now it’s time to paint your heart.
I like to use a paper plate and squeeze a bit of paint onto the plate. Next, I added a tiny bit of water and mixed with the paint to make it a little thinner and easier to move around on the fabric.
Dip your paintbrush into the paint, then wipe a lot of it off on a napkin. You want to do more of a dry brush effect and not a solid coverage.
I started around the edge of my heart shape to establish a boundary, then I filled in the center of the heart.
When I was completely done, I let the heart dry so I could see what the coverage looked like.
I ended up going back over it with a very thin layer of paint, filling in where there were some bare spots.
You can see the difference on the last photo above. The left side is filled in a little more than the right side.
When the pillow is completely dry, you will want to iron the back of the heart design, so it will set the paint. This will ensure your design won’t rub off or wash off.
Finally, place a pillow insert into your pillow cover and enjoy!
These make such a fun throw pillow for Valentine’s Day! But since I made my heart pillow in a neutral color I’m planning on keeping it out for a while.
This is one of those Valentine’s Day crafts that would be a fun project to do with older kids.
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