VALENTINE’S DAY “LOVE” PILLOW

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 Pillows, pillows, pillows! I love them, I need them and I honestly have way too many of them. But hopefully I’m not the only one with a pillow obsession. So, being that Valetine’s Day is approaching and I have a love for letters, I was inspired to create a little Valentine’s Day decor craft.

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Going to the fabric store is therapy for me but I don’t often have time to sneak away without my little ones. I started digging through my piles of fabric knowing I wanted to keep the design simple and stand out from my dark leather couches. I landed on a basic white cotton from a bedskirt I’d once made and chose black yarn to coordinate with my black & white striped IKEA EIVOR throw. I wanted to be able to use the pillow as more than Valentine’s Day decor which is why I chose classic colors but a combination of red/white or pink/black would look just as lovely for the holiday. Here’s how to make your own LOVE inspired pillow.

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MATERIALS
white fabric
pillow insert
black yarn
scissors
seamstress chalk & pins
sewing machine & thread
ruler
hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash & dry fabric, iron if necessary.
2. Lay fabric on a flat surface, measure & mark with pencil or seamstress chalk. Make sure to leave at least 1/2″ for hem around all four sides.
3. Lay both pieces of fabric right side facing inward, line up your edges.
4. Pin both pieces of fabric together.
5. Once pinned, sew 3 of the 4 sides.
6. Flip fabric inside out so now the nice, finished side of the fabric is on the outside.
7. Insert pillow form, fold over the 1/2″ hem, pin together and sew to close.
8. While your glue gun is warming up, lightly pencil LOVE or word of choice onto the front of your pillow.
9. Working left to right, gently trace a small area of your first letter with glue.
10. Quickly begin placing a single strand of yarn on top of the glue while it’s still warm so it adheres. I used the tip of my pencil to help push the yarn down on the glue so my fingers didn’t get burned or create those annoying hot glue strings.
11. Continue working in small sections until you finish the entire word.
12. Repeat steps 9-11 with a second strand of yarn. Don’t worry if they don’t line up perfectly, a little space between the yarn adds character.
13. Use a lint roller to help remove the remaining hot glue strings and yarn lint.

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