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I made this pillow using a pillow insert provided to me by Fairfield World and rose cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics. I got the rose cuddle to make a blanket, which I will post about soon, and had some leftover, that particular color of pink didn't work well with the other colors so I took it out. I thought a pillow would be a fun way to use some of it. I used some pink cotton fabric that I happened to have in my stash and made a heart cutout, kind of a reverse appliqué type of thing. I put the rose cuddle behind that so that it showed through the opening. Then I stitched around it so that it stayed in place. After that I just sewed a couple of pieces to the back to finish the pillow cover and stuck the insert inside.
How to Make a Cuddle Heart Cutout Pillow
Finished size 16" square
You will need:
- 1/2 yard pink cotton fabric
- 1/2 yard rose cuddle fabric (sample made with Hot Pink)
- 1/2 yard or fat quarter muslin (for the lining of the heart cutout, if you have enough of the pink you can use that, I didn't have enough so I just used some cheap muslin, you won't see it at all once the pillow is sewn together)
- Fairfield Crafter's Choice Pillow 16'' Square
- scissors, rotary cutter, mat and ruler
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
1-16 1/2" square each from pink cotton, muslin, and rose cuddle
2- 16 1/2" x 11" rectangles from pink cotton
From your piece of paper, I just used printer paper, cut a heart shape. You want it about as big as you can from the paper. Mine measured about 9" across at the widest part and about 8" tall.
Trace the heart in the center of the muslin.
Place the pink cotton square and the muslin square right sides together and sew on the line that you traced all the way around.
Carefully cut the center of the heart out leaving a seam allowance all the way around.
Clip the curves all around the seam allowance that you left so that it will lay flat and smooth when you turn it. Be sure to clip the points at the top and bottom of the hearts as well. Don't cut through you stitching.
Turn the piece right side out, smoothing all of the curves and points as you turn. Press flat. You should end up with a piece that looks like this:
Place your heart cutout piece on top of the square of rose cuddle and pin all around. Pin around the heart and around the outside edge. Cuddle fabric can move so using lots of pins really helps keep it in place as you sew.
Topstitch around the heart opening.
Pin the flaps right sides together, hemmed edges overlapped in the center to the pillow front.
Sew all the way around the outside of the pillow.
Turn right side out and put the pillow insert into the cover.
And now you have a fun heart pillow perfect for Valentine's Day.