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Love Note Pillow

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.


Leave a sweet note (or small gift!) for your loved one in this romantic heart-shaped pillow. Different fabrics and designs make it the perfect present for weddings, bridal showers, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or everyday boudoir decor.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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1/2 yard velour fabric for the front of the pillow and the pocket
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1/2 yard cotton fabric for the back of the pillow and inner pocket
- 1 1/2 yards decorative trim, like eyelet lace
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Dressmakers pencil for marking
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Water-soluble stabilizer, lightweight for topping
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- 7" (in diameter) ring or plastic lid for tracing
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Polyester fiberfill
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Large piece of paper or tag board for drawing pattern piece
- Baby rick-rack (optional, for border decoration)
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Needle and thread for some hand sewing

The design used in this project is
D9881, Kissing Bunnies.

Finished Size: 11" x 9"
 


Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Begin by drawing the pattern for the heart-shaped pillow.

Draw a 7" x 11" high rectangle on a large piece of paper or tag board.

Measure and mark 3" down from the upper right corner of the rectangle.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Align the 7" ring along the top of the rectangle. 

Trace the shape starting at the side mark you previously made,  and stop about half of the way around the ring.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Remove the ring and use a straight edge to draw a line from the bottom point of the curved line to the bottom right corner of the rectangle.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Measure and mark 1/2" out from the straight line (along the bottom of the line).

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Draw a curved line from the bottom of the top curved line. Connect at the mark you just made, and continue to the bottom right corner of the rectangle. Use the straight line as a guide as you do this.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Cut out the shape along the outer lines you drew.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Trace the shape onto another piece of paper. Then, flip the cut pattern piece over, align the straight edges together with the shape you just traced, and trace the shape again to form a whole heart.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Now we will prepare the fabric for the pocket.

Using a dress maker's pencil,  draw a 6" x 5 1/2" rectangle on the velour fabric. 

Mark the center of each side of the shape by measuring and dividing by two. Then, draw lines to connect the marks. Where the lines meet is the exact center of the shape.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.


Place the template inside the rectangle, lining up the center of the template with the center of the rectangle.

Ensure that there is at least 1" of space between the edges of the design and the edges of the shape.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer on the back, and lightweight water-soluble on the top.

Cutaway stabilizer is the solid foundation to prevent shifting, stretching, and misalignment. The lightweight water-soluble stabilizer on top keeps the stitches from sinking down into the nap of the velour.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric and embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

When the design has finished, tear away the water-soluble stabilizer on top.

Trim away the excess cutaway stabilizer on the back of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Cut out the rectangle shape.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Cut a piece of the cotton fabric to 6" x 1 1/4".

Align it with the top edge of the embroidered fabric piece, right sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top edge only.

Press the seam open with an iron.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

To prepare the pocket's inner lining, lay the pocket over the cotton fabric, right sides together.
Pin in place. 

Cut around the edges of the front pocket piece. Then, sew a 1/4"
seam around the side and top edges. Leave the bottom open for turning.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Turn the pocket right side out and press the seams.

Turn the bottom opening in 1/4" and press. Sew a 1/4" seam along the top edge of the pocket to finish off the top.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

The next step is to prepare the fabric for the front of the pillow.

Pin the heart pattern piece to the velour fabric, trace, and cut out the shape. 

Measure and make marks 1"
in from the outer edge of the fabric piece. 

Spray the backside of the rick-rack with temporary adhesive and press it in place along the marks you just made.

Criss-cross the rick-rack at the top by about 1/2 inch.

Sew the rick-rack in place by stitching down the center.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Add the pocket to the front fabric piece with the top edge of the pocket about one inch from the "V" in the top of the heart.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom edges of the pocket, but do not sew along the top edge.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Next, add the lace trim.

Align the bottom edge of one end of the trim with the bottom side of the front fabric piece with the trim facing to the inside of the fabric piece. Start a couple of inches from the bottom point on the front fabric piece.

Bend and fold the trim at the bottom point of the shape and pin in place. 

Sew a 1/4" seam along the outer edge of the trim/fabric piece all the way around the shape. Overlap the trim about 1" where the ends meet.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

To prepare the fabric for the back of the pillow, use the heart pattern piece to trim and cut a piece of the cotton fabric. 

With the lace trim still facing in, align the back fabric piece on top of the front fabric piece, right sides together. Pin in place. 

Sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edge of the shape. Leave a 4" opening on one of the sides for turning.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Cut slits in the seam allowance along the curved edges and at the bottom point; be careful to not cut any of the seam stitches.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Turn the fabric right side out and stuff the pillow with the polyester fiberfill. 

Turn the back fabric at the opening in 1/2" and hand sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions to create a love note pillow.

Any loved one will enjoy finding a sweet love note in this adorable pillow. Perfect for sharing your heartfelt feelings with your sweetie.

Love Note Pillow



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