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