Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quilted Heart Throw Pillow Tutorial : :

Quilted Heart Valentine Pillow

Today's tutorial is for a fun and sweet Valentine's Day pillow cover -- A Quilted Heart Throw Pillow. Using several cuts of my very favorite red and pink fabrics, cherry red wool blend felt, and little hand stitching, I created this pillow for a fast and cute V-day decoration!

What you'll need : :
  • 1 - Pillow Insert measuring 12" x 12"
  • 9 - pieces of quilting weight fabric measuring 2" x 13"
  • 1 - piece of batting (I use a bamboo/wool blend) measuring 14" x 14"
  • 1 - piece of bright red wool blend felt measuring 12.5" x 12.5"
  • 2 - 9" x 12.5" pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow (I used a white and red polka dot)
  • Fabric pen
  • Sewing pins
  • Sharp scissors and/or a rotary cutter/mat set
  • thread and embroidery floss/baker's twine

Creating the Quilted Pillow Top : :

1. Cut 9 strips of fabric measuring 2" x 13" 2. Piece together using a 1/4" seam allowance 3. Use iron to press seams open

for my Valentine'scut fabrics
piece fabrics togetherpress seams open

4. Trim pieced together fabrics to measure a 12.5" square 5. Using pins, baste the pieced together fabrics (pillow top) to the piece of batting

trim and save those scraps! :)ready for quilting
pins and battingpin for quilting

6. Use coordinating thread to add quilting stitches to the pillow top and batting layers 7. Once finished, remove pins and trim away excess batting

get your thread readymachine quilting
remove pinstrim away excess batting

8. Using a fabric pen, draw a heart on the wool blend felt large enough to show off the quilted fabrics 9. Cutting along the outside of the drawn heart, cut felt away to show the heart 10. Pin felt heart piece to quilted fabric layer and sew around the heart leaving a 1/4" seam, removing pins as you go

use fabric pen to draw heartremove center heart to show your quilted stripes
pin around heartstitch around the heart

11. Use embroidery floss or a red and white baker's twine to hand sew a running stitch around the heart

ready for hand stitchingreverse side
red and white bakers twinerunning stitch

Your pillow top is completely finished! Now, for instructions on finishing the envelope style back, please see my Quilted Stripes Pillow Tutorial here. The directions needed can be found in the "Sewing Pillow Together" section of that tutorial.

finished pillow frontfinished pillow

Insert the pillow form and Voila! You're done!

Quilted Heart Pillow

I had a lot of fun making this pillow, I hope you do too!


Jenn said...

This is the cutest thing ever! How clever. I'm putting this on my to do list :-)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely A-dorable!!!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

i seriously want to make everything you make. i just can't find enough freakin time! ugh.
beautiful, awesome and wonderful. :)

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Oh so cute!

Teje said...

Hi Maureen! I love your love pillow! And your Echo pillow is really my style! Sorry that I haven't had time these last days to leave comments but I never loose your posts! Sunny wishes! x Teje
Ps. I am looking forward to see how you quilt with the lady is going to be!

Carrie P. said...

thank you for the tutorial. such a sweet pillow.
I am going to make it this week.

Nicole said...

What a cute little pillow! The outline quilting looks great and the hand stitching around the heart only adds to the cuteness. You've got some great photos here and an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

randi--i have to say said...

very cute, maureen! and thanks for the how-to!

Amanda said...

Love it!!!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

That is adorable - I hope you will link it up next month to the Valentine's Day Showcase - 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate to FQS!

Poppyprint said...

Adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Jenn said...

Great tutorial, thank you!!!

**nicke... said...

that is so adorable maureen! i am putting it on my valentine to do list!

Jacey said...

It's such a great pillow, Maureen! I love it.

Missy said...

I can't wait to work on this project this weekend! Thank you!

creadientje said...

I had to make it, and since my brother- and sister-in-law just had their baby-girl I made a pink one, with her name and birth date embroidered on the heart. It's not finished yet, but love it from the start! Hope there are a lot more to come :-)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Love it! Great tute thanks :-)

Dee said...

Adorable Pillow! I love the fabric you used and using the twine for the hand stitching is great! I had to share it on my CraftBliss Facebook page and link back to you. ~Dee

Sue said...

Too cute! What a great gift.

creadientje said...

I made it and love it, there will be more to come I think! Maybe with some variations in the shape...

ElfRenee said...

This is so cute!

Lindsay said...

I think I'm going to have to make one of these pillows, my daughter would love it!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Adorable pillow, Maureen! I love the pinks and reds together, and that felt is a fantastic shade of red. Love it :)

sarah said...

I just made two of these today, they turned out soooo cute! Thanks!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

HI! Oh, I am so excited!! You're a no reply commenter, so I can't respond, but I'm hoping you might stop back! I'd love to see your pillows! You can send me pics at or share them on fb page --


sarah said...

I just sent you some pictures...I had no idea that I was a "no reply" commenter...wonder how I change that?!Thanks again Maureen! Sarah

iluvmybugs said...

This is just so adorable...thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial!!!

Faye Hadfield said...

on my to do list! Wonderful - thank you xx

Dana Lynne said...


Cute Pillows said...

I Will try this at home
thanks for your tutorial

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