How to Cut & Sew a Heart-Shape Pillow


A heart-shaped pillow may be just what you need if you’re tired of the traditional round, square or rectangular pillows. Heart-shaped pillows are appreciated at any age, from preschool children or teenagers to romantic adults. Make the pillow any size you like; you can even supersize the pillow for that special someone.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Fleece fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Fold a newspaper in half and draw half a heart along the fold line that is 22 inches long between the lower point and the upper dip and 13 inches across at the widest part. The finished pillow will measure 18 inches wide by 14 inches long with a 4-inch fringe around the perimeter of the heart.

  • Cut the shape out along the trace line, and open the newspaper. The resulting heart should be 26 inches wide by 22 inches long.

  • Pin the pattern to the fabric using straight pins and cut the fabric along the pattern. Repeat this step on the second piece of fleece fabric. Fleece fabric is generally too thick to cut both pieces together.

  • Fold the newspaper pattern and decrease the pattern by 4 inches around the perimeter. Cut off the excess paper, and open the newspaper. The pattern should now measure 18 inches wide by 14 inches long.

  • Center the pattern over the top of one fleece heart and trace around the pattern using fabric marker.

  • Place the two hearts together with the right sides facing out. Machine stitch over the trace line and stop before the last 4 inches. Stuff the pillow with fiberfill through the 4-inch gap and finish machine stitching over the trace line.

  • Measure and mark 1-inch-wide spaces around the small heart. Adjust the width of the spaces as you get closer to the end to even out the widths.

  • Draw lines starting at the marked spaces to the outer edge of the hearts. The outer edges will be slightly wider than 1 inch, and you’ll need to make adjustments as you draw.

  • Cut from the outer edge of the large heart to the edge of the small heart on each of the 1-inch-wide strips. Take care not to cut into the thread you just sewed.

  • Grasp the top and bottom strands at the heart point and tie the two strands to form a knot. Continue to tie the fringe matching the top and bottom strands together to complete the pillow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use two different colors or designs for the back and front.

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