You know this little old internet world is amazing. I was inspired to make this pillow from seeing the cute pillow Jenny made over at Days of Chalk and Chocolate. Jenny was inspired by this post that Roeshel over at diyshowoff wrote a few years ago. Amazingly enough I've had that post in the back of my head for years, intending on creating sharpie drop cloth curtains myself. I have a couple of songs picked out but with "8" windows I haven't come up with that much fabric or drop cloth yet. Maybe soon.
Easy DIY Instructions:
- To start, lay your pillow on top of the fabric and cut leaving a little room on all sides for a seam allowance.
- I searched the internet for the lyrics to my favorite classic love song, Moon River. Using a sharpie I just free handed them onto the fabric.
- Lay right sides facing together and sew or glue the edges together, being sure to leave an opening to stuff your pillow in. After stitching a 4/8" to 5/8" seam, trim the seams and clip corners diagonally.
- Turn right-side-out and add your pillow form. Hand stitch or glue opening closed.
- Cut 2 hearts out of paper, just like we did in grade school by folding the paper in half. Draw 1/2 a heart and cut out.
- Trace hearts on to a piece of felt in the colors of your choice.
- Blanket stitch with embroidery thread using 3 strands of floss. I used black because I thought it would tie in the black script. For the smaller white heart I only used 2 strands and didn't attach the small heart to the bigger one at the top so I could slip in a little love note.
If you'd like to learn how to do the simple blanket stitch you can watch this video from Tammy Hallam.
*Update: You can see my other Valentine pillow HERE.
Here's a little trivia on why I like the song and is origin:
Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics and Henry Mancini wrote the music for Audrey Hepburn to sing in the 1961 Academy Award Winning Breakfast At Tiffany's. And of course it was Andy Williams theme song. Love it!
I hope you enjoyed the song and my little Valentine pillow tutorial. Come back tomorrow and see what surprising materials I used for my other 2 pillows.