We’re nearing Valentines Day, so why not surround ourselves with some romantic home decor?
I will admit that the tradition is not very big here in Denmark, and my husband and I are not very traditional in general. But I do like being romantic and make romantic things. I guess that is why I really fell in love with the Gothic culture to begin with. The romance is so intense, deep and dark. I love it!
SO! I thought I would make a little Gothic Valentines Pillow – and share the makings of with you. :)
After making this I have just bought 2 pieces of fabric for 2 more pillows. I think I am getting carried away with making pillows now. :P But hey – there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a beautiful home, eh?
Well – onwards, my fellow seamstresses and seamsters.
I have made the pillow with a heart (a bit broken) appliqué, and a border on one side. The other side is just plain. And there’s a zipper at the bottom.
These are the things you need to make this particular pillow, which is 45 cm x 45 cm:
- Main fabric – 1 piece of 48 cm x 48 cm, and four border pieces according to the drawing below.
- Heart background frabric – 38 cm x 38 cm
- Heart fabric – 25 cm x 25 cm
- Fusible web for the heart – 25 cm x 25 cm
- Ruffled ribbon – approximately 155 cm
- Zipper – 35 cm
- 2 strips of interfacing to go where the zipper i sewn on
Sewing machine, ruler or measuring tape, chalk, pins, thread, iron + board, pattern paper, etc.
I’ve made a diagram (it’s such and adult word…”diagram”), where you can see the measurements of the pillow. You can make a pillow any size you want, but this particular one is for a 50 cm x 50 cm (19 1/2″ x 191/2″) pillow.
If you have any questions to it, just ask. :)
Here you can see what I have used. I used jacquard as main fabric and taffeta for the heart and heart background. And then I had some satin ruffled ribbbon. You can make your own as well.
Start out with the heart. Print the template or draw your own. Draw it onto you fusible web – on the paper side.
Iron your fusible web onto the wrong side of your heart fabric.
Cut out the heart.
If you haven’t cut out your background fabric yet, you can do that now. :) The size of this is 38 cm x 38 cm including the seam allowance of 1 cm (3/8″).
Then place your heart somewhat on the middle of your background fabric. Remove the paper backing first, though. And then iron it on. :)
Weee, it looks so nice! I love how these fabrics and colors look together.
Sew a stitch all around the heart, so itt won’t “wear off”, when you cuddle too much with this pillow. :P
Stitching up close. I have just used a straight stitch a couple of millimeters (1/8″) from the heart’s edge. You could also use a narrow zig-zag to get more of a contour all around.
If you haven’t cut out your main faric, you can do that now. The piece above is 48 cm x 48 cm. (seam allowance here is 1.5 cm (5/8″)).
Fold the remaining main fabric two times, so you have four layers – this is definitely the lazy way, but that’s alright. :) We’re allowed to be lazy once in a while.
Pin on your border pattern, and add seam allowance. 1.5 cm (5/8″) on the long side and 1 cm (3/8″) on the other three sides.
Now we’re ready to assemble our front pillow! Look at those fabrics! Yum!
Let’s start with one side. Pin the short side of the border onto one side of the square (I’ll just call the background fabric for “the square” now), right side against right side.
Sew the pieces together, starting 1 cm (3/8″) from the start of the line, and ending 1 cm (3/8″) from the ending of the line.
Here above, you can see that we haven’t sewn from edge to edge.
Now take the neighbouring border piece and pin it onto the square.
Sew the same way as before – 1 cm (3/8″) from the edges. If you’ve done it properly, the seams should meet at the corner.
Let’s get one border corner done, before moving onto the other borders. Fold your square diagonally, so you can get to the border-corner-seams.
Pin the border-corner-seams, and sew with 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance.
The it should look like this (image above).
It looks good, eh? But it will look so much better if we press it! Press, press, press, until you think it looks good.
Wauw! Now we’re getting somewhere!
I have just gotten my new steam iron, so I loooooove pressing fabric! ;)
Look at those sharply pressed seams!
Enough with the admiring of the seaams… Onwards with the other border sides. Same procedure. Pin and sew them onto the square, leaving the 1 cm (3/8″) at the edges.
Continueing the pinning and sewing.
It’s starting to look like something.
Corners first though. Fold diagonally, pin and sew.
And press! Look at that, eh? :D
If you want to add more decoration, like me – you can add the ruffled ribbon now. Pin it all around the square.
And sew it on with a straight stitch in the middle of the ruffle. I advise you to sew WITH the ruffles and not against thenn, or they might get caught under the needle, while you sew.
Now iron on the strips of interfacing, where you want your zipper to be. I wanted mine at the bottom of the pillow, so tthat’s where I am ironing on my interfacing. On both the front and back pillow piece.
See – both pieces. :) This is done, so the fabric will be stabilized, and will last longer with wear and tear.
If you have a serger/overlocker, now is the time to serge/overlock all around the edges on both pillow pieces. This way it won’t fray too much on the inside and leave a mess. My fabric frayed quite a lot.
Now determine where your zipper should be, and pin where it begins and where it ends. While pinning the front and back together, right side against right side.
You can also pin the corner, because we’re going to sew 1.5 cm (5/8″) from the edge until the pin where your zipper starts. And again from where your zipper ends until 1.5 cm (5/8″) from the edge.
If you look close enough, you can see the stitching. :)
Well, here you can definitely see tthe stiitching. ;)
Now pin between the two edges.
Because we will baste here, so we can split the seam allowance – press it to each side.
Like so. Or like “sew”, hehe.
Now take your zipper…
And pin it onto the seam. Just pin it all the way through. And set pins where it begins and where it ends.
And then we sew all around about 0.5-0.7 cm from the seam.
There! We’ve sewn on the zipper, yay! Easy peasy. Although I know that it was a bit difficult by the zipper-thingy.
Close up it should look a bit like this.
But we can’t really use the zipper, when it’s trapped behind a seam, so let’s rip that seam open.
Tadaaaaaa! Zipper done!
Now we put the squares together, right side against right side, and pin all around.
Then we sew, with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm (5/8″).
Cut the corners, so we get neat corners, when we turn the pillow inside out.
Oops – I should have opened the zipper before sewing. But fortunately I could feel my way to the zipper-thingy through the fabric and get it open from the inside, yay! :D
And it’s done!!! Now you just need a pillow to put inside. I hae used a 50 cm x 50 cm pillow to stuff inside mine.
Isn’t she a beauty? I am quite happy with my new pillow. Definitely going in my soon-to-be cozy-room. :D
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you’d like more of this, please subscribe to my posts here below, that would make me happy. :)
I’ll see you again real soon.
kisses – Parnuuna