DIY Watercolor Heart-Embellished Pillow (Try For Yourself)

Heart pillows give Valentine’s Day romance a sensuous touch. They can be employed as decor in your living area and give it a cozy appearance.

They could be something to hug when you’re feeling lonely if you live by yourself at home.

Although making a heart pillow is simple, it does require some sewing machine skill because the curvature of the cushion must be curved.

DIY Watercolor Heart-Embellished Pillow (Try For Yourself)

Heart pillows come in a variety of sizes, from pocket-sized ones for decoration to larger ones you can gift to that special somebody in your life.

Pillows are inexpensive, simple, and an excellent sewing project for a novice. Try creating a frayed, tied/knotted pillow if you don’t understand how to sew.

You can even build an envelope pillowcase if you understand the fundamentals of sewing pillows!

This article will take you through how to create your own DIY watercolor heart-embellished pillow, this makes an excellent beginners sewing project and is so much fun to make!

Making The Basic Pillow

Follow the easy steps below to begin making your own DIY watercolor heart-embellished pillow from scratch!

Select Your Material

Almost any material can be used, but keep in mind the intended use of the pillow.

Choose a material that feels comfortable on your face if you plan to use it as a mattress at night to sleep on.

Choose a fabric for your decorative pillow that goes with the rest of your decor.

With pillows you’ll be lying on, soft cotton with high thread counts are ideal. For ornamental pillows, brocade and other textiles for interior design work well.

Trim The Fabric Into Two Identical Squares Or Rectangles

To account for seam allowances, add half an inch to each side. Depending on the size of pillow you desire, decide how big to make the pieces.

Cut the fabric to the same shape and size as the pillow form if you plan to stuff the pillow with pillow form. This will provide you a wonderful, full pillow.

If the cloth is susceptible to fraying, sew the edges after cutting them with a serger or zigzag. The right side of the two fabric strips should be facing out.

To turn the cushion right-side-out later, unpin the other edge; if necessary, bind three of the corners with sewing pins.

Combine The Three Edges With A Stitch

Use a straight stitch, a seam allowance of half an inch, and matching thread color. As you sew, take out the pins, leaving the fourth edge unstitched.

By either hand or using a sewing machine, you can accomplish this.

To prevent unraveling of your stitches when sewing with a machine, backstitch just at the beginning and conclusion of your stitching.

Flip The Pillow To Its Right Side

Cutting the corners off the pillow first would help minimize bulk if you used a particularly thick fabric for it.

Utilize your fingers to assist pulling your corners out even further so they are smooth and sharp when you have turned the pillow inside-out.

The Rough Edges Should Be Tucked Inside And Flattened

Go to the pillow’s exposed edge. Indent the rough edge by half an inch.

When you use a hot iron to press them flat, you will create a crease which will act as a guide when it comes time to stitch the pillow closed.

If you do not possess an iron, you may pin the folded edges individually, but you will not be able to fill the cushion if you do.

Make The Pillow As Full As You Can By Stuffing It As Much As Possible

Popular and easily accessible pillow stuffing is polyester. It is available in craft and fabric stores. Insert the pillow form now if you used one to create your own.

Alternatively, you may rip up an old pillow and utilize the down and polyester filling inside as a substitute.

The Gap Should Be Closed With Pins And Sewing

You may either topstitch it with a sewing machine or do it by hand using ladder stitching or even a blind stitch. When you’re finished, remove the pins.

When hand sewing, make sure the stitching is tight and small. Put a tight knot in the thread’s end.

When machine sewing, use an 1/8-inch seam allowance and coordinate thread color. Don’t forget to backstitch just at the beginning and end of each stitch.

Stitching The Heart Pattern

Follow the steps below to create a basic heart pattern for your pillow. You can create multiple smaller designs to embellish your pillow or stick to one big heart shape.

Design A Stencil

On your white sheet of paper, create a heart within the center using your pencil. Horizontal or landscape page turn.

Keep the heart proportionate by making it nearly the full width and height of the page. Once you’re done sketching the heart, cut it out. Just for a second, set the object aside.

Prepare Your Needle

Put the thread’s end through into the loop inside the needle’s blunt end with caution. To retain the thread in the needle while working, pull it through a few inches.

Give yourself a few inches of extra thread to work with at the opposite end of your stitching, but not so much that it becomes tangled or knotted while you work.

To prevent it from dragging completely through the material when you start, snip the thread free and tie knots at the end.

Cut A Heart In The Cloth

Your red cloth should be folded or double-layered to give you two sides to deal with.

To create a heart on the top layer of fabric, center the heart, which will serve as your template, and trace around it with a pencil (or any other mark-making tool that will produce crisp, subtle marks on your fabric).

With the heart shape still on the fabric, remove the template and make a circle that is at least one inch wide all the way around it.

To achieve a nice edge look later, you should allow a border of cloth all around lines you will sew along.

Start Your Stitching

At the bottom tip of your heart, begin stitching.

Keep your stitches neat and even in size as you continue to stitch around the outside of the heart shape in whatever direction you desire.

Closely stitch all around your heart until it is two inches or less from the pointy bit where you began. Stitch the heart shape onto your basic pillow base.

Creating A Watercolor Effect

  • To prevent paint from leaking through, insert a layer of wax paper into a cotton spoon until you have a pillow cover. Then, place the teaspoon level on the work surface.
  • Combine a spoonful of water and a 1/2 cup of textile dye in a glass basin. Test the color on a piece of paper or an old T-shirt to determine the required concentration before adding water by the teaspoon.
  • Apply clean paintbrushes to the pillow, wetting one side of it. Lightly paint the fabric from left to right by dipping a brush into color. Apply a second coat of paint over your brushstrokes to make a region darker.
  • Repeat on the opposite side after allowing it to thoroughly dry.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! Your very own, unique, and homemade DIY heart embellished watercolor pillow!

We hope you enjoy creating this wonderful design and continue trying out new DIY sewing projects.

Helena Forsite