Valentine’s Day IS hearts. Plain and simple. So I made Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows. I wanted to make tiny little heart pillows for my kids but guess what? I hate to sew! I have been exploring alternative methods for fabric adhering lately. Luckily, I had a chance to check out the CHA show (full wrap up of all the cool things tomorrow!) last weekend and was given some supplies that were absolutely perfect for this tutorial. (This post is not sponsored but I do want to let you know that I was given product) While the hold is pretty permanent, I always want to remind you that pretty much all of my crafts are not heirloom quality. The cost is low and these can be tossed after the holiday. Or as I am sure will happen in my house, they will be ripped apart and the stuffing will be thrown at each other like snowballs. That is what happens when you have little boys.
Choose your favorite fabrics, a pair of scissors and for this I used two kinds of fabric tapes: the Permanent Fabric Sheets and the Permanent Fabric Tape. I love these tapes and will totally use them again. Originally I had bought Fabric Fusion to use, but the dry time is too long (well, it’s not really THAT long, but I am a super impatient crafter).
I do not free-hand so I cut several hearts out of paper until I found the perfect shape. Then I made a smaller version to decorate the front of the pillow. I traced the heart on to the fabric (2 hearts for the pillow and 1 small heart for the decoration) making sure to leave an overhang. I removed the backing of one permanent fabric sheet and placed the smaller heart fabric on it, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or lumps. Then I cut out the smaller heart following the outline (Because this is going on the front, I wanted to make sure I could see the tracing. I just tried to cut just on the inside of the line so you wouldn’t see it on the finished pillow).
I turned over the heart and started using small section of the permanent tape. I wanted to make sure that the fabric would hold together but leave an overhang around the edge. I just liked that it looks a little floppy. Once the shape was finished, I started peeling off the back to expose the adhesive. Then I tried to match up the edges as best I could of the second heart and rubbed to get the tape to adhere really well. See that one little open spot at the bottom? That is where you will stuff the pillow.
So then, duh. Stuff the pillow. I bought this enormous bag of stuffing 1) because it was on sale for half off and 2) because I couldn’t find a smaller one. So what that means for you is that I am now going to attempt to stuff everything. Yeah for puffy crafts! Once you have it as full as you would like it, use another small piece of the tape to close off the opening.
He liked them too. If you like things all nice and neat use some pinking sheers or some of that fabric edger stuff that stops the fraying. You know I like my stuff a little messy so these wayward strings do not bother me. And you guys, I heart you. Really I do!
*Full disclosure: I was given these permanent fabric tapes in a goody bag from the show. Which was super awesome because I literally was going to go buy them on that following Monday so this saved me about $16. But then bought the Fabric Fusion for $8 so I’m up just $8. But still! Yahoo!