I’m back again for Day 8 of the Be Our Valentine Series with The Twinery, this time with my personal favorite category – home decor.
If you follow this blog or my work with The Twinery, you know that I really enjoy finding creative ways to marry bakers twine into my home decor projects – for example my ribbon and twine lamp here, my bakers twine heart art here, and my hanging bud vases here. So I’ve been looking forward to sharing this Valentines pillow with you.
Every time I make a new pillow, I’m reminded of a scene from the terrible movie Along Came Polly, when Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston start viciously stabbing throw pillows.
For most of my pillows, I like to make a removable cover, so that I can wash them periodically and switch them out whenever I like. (Less pillows to stab.) For a tutorial on how to make an envelope back pillow like this one – try this excellent tutorial from Freshly Picked.
To make your own twine laced heart, draw and cut a heart onto blended wool felt. Use a tapestry needle with a large eye and add a simple running stitch around the edge with your choice of bakers twine. (I used Gold Shimmer.)
After you have your running stitch, use some Heat N Bond on the back of the heart and iron it to the front piece of pillow fabric. (I used permanent Heat N Bond, but you can also use the lightweight and then sew it on.) Then sew your pillow cover together, turn it right side out and insert your pillow. Using a long length of bakers twine, weave in and out of the running stitch, however you fancy. I did a zig zag pattern, but you can also do stripes, x’s, or something more random. I waited to weave in this last detail until after I inserted the pillow, so that the stitches wouldn’t pull later.
If you’d like to see more Valentines Day projects, download free printables, and get a chance to win some prizes, check out the full Be Our Valentine Series. You can also visit this post to enter to win one of my crochet heart garlands!
Thank you so much to The Twinery for running this Celebration and allowing us designers to be a part of it. I am always honored to work with this talented bunch and for such a great company.