5 Little Monsters: Crochet Hearts Pillow

Monday, February 1, 2016

Crochet Hearts Pillow

Crochet Hearts Pillow

I recently joined up with a group of craft bloggers and one of the things we are doing as a group is a monthly craft challenge. It is kind of fun to be given a theme and to see what everyone comes up with. For February the theme of the challenge was hearts, a pretty fitting theme for February I think and for my project I made this crochet hearts pillow. Below you can see all of the fun heart projects that the group came up with along with links to each of the projects.




Colorwork Heart Drawstring Bag by Life Beyond the Kitchen
Paper Heart Valentine Tree by Home Crafts by Ali
Patchwork Heart Table Runner by Leaves and Stitches
Be My Valentine Jewelry Set  by Try It-Like It

The idea for my project came from my 7 year old daughter. She loves all things girly including hearts and anything pink or purple. Combined with that I had a skein of cotton yarn that I had picked up really cheap at some point that was pastel variegated colors. I don't love variegated yarns and the colors weren't my favorite but my thought was that it was really cheap and would make a usable dishcloth even if I didn't love the colors. Then later I realized it was a scented yarn. I am not a huge fan of perfumy things, they kind of give me a headache, especially flowery scents. But when my daughter saw it not only did she think it was the most beautiful yarn ever, she also thought it was so cool that it was scented and she thought it smelled sooo good. I decided I should use it to make something for her and with Valentine's Day coming up I started making some little hearts. At first I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with them, I thought maybe a little garland to hang in her room. Really they could be used for a lot of things. But then I had the idea to appliqué them onto a pillow. I told her my idea and she loved it so I went for it. I decided to alternate the multicolored hearts with some solid colored hearts in an attempt to make it a little less crazy. I ended up making a total of 9 hearts, 5 pink and 4 colorful. I handstitched them onto the pillow front before sewing the pillow together.


How to Make the Crochet Hearts Pillow

Finished size 16" square

You will need:

  • worsted weight yarn in two colors (I used cotton yarn)
  • H crochet hook
  • 1/2 yard fabric for the pillow (I used a quilting weight cotton which worked but a slightly heavier fabric might be a little better)
  • 16" pillow insert
  • scissors, rotary cutter, mat, ruler
  • coordinating thread
  • needle
  • sewing machine

Instructions:

Begin by making your heart appliqués. You will need 9 total, 4 of one color, 5 of the other.

Start with a magic ring, ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2), 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, join to 3rd ch of the starting ch
Now you will have a square shape, sc in the next ch space, skip 1 dc, 7 dc in next dc, skip 1 dc, sc in ch space, skip one dc, 7 dc in next dc, skip 1 dc, sc in ch space, sc in next 3 dc, 3 sc in ch space, sc in next 3 dc, join to first sc, finish off and weave in end

Next cut your pillow pieces. You will need:
1- 16 1/2" square
2- 16 1/2" x 11" rectangles
Lay out the heart appliqués on your pillow front. I started with the center heart then worked my way out from there. You want there to be plenty of room left around the edges so I kept mine between about 1/2"-3/4" apart. Pin the hearts in place.
With a needle and thread sew the hearts in place, just tacking them down with a few stitches around the edges. 

Once all of the hearts are sewn on your pillow front is ready and it is time to prepare the back flaps. 
Sew a narrow hem along one long edge of each rectangle. 
Place the rectangles right sides together on the pillow front with the hemmed edges overlapping in the center. Pin around the outside.
Sew all the way around the outside edge of the pillow cover. 
Turn right side out and add your pillow insert. 
Last but not least, enjoy your new pillow.


4 comments :

  1. I love that it all worked out with your variegated yarn and that your daughter loves this cute project. It's looks lovely :)

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  2. I love to crochet but I haven't done a heart before. Great idea! Love how it turned out.

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  3. I love how it turned out! Your crochet hearts are adorable. My question is about the scented yarn. How does that happen? I've never found any. I'd like strawberry scented for a cute strawberry pincushion I want to try. =)

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    1. It is just a kind of yarn made by Lily Sugar 'n Cream. I don't think they have very many scents, this is the first one I have ever used. I tried looking to see what scents they have but the Yarnsipirations site was down.

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