Sunday, August 18, 2013

Heart Pillow Instructions

Heart pillows are just right to tuck under the arm after breast surgery or node surgery.  They can also be helpful for sleeping or in the car to soften the seat belt.  This instructions are intended to help others sew pillows for donation.

Fabrics:  I like to use a cotton on one side and a microfiber on the other. Cotton could be used on both.  Flannel or fleece cold be used too. Washable fabrics are best.  Pre-wash all fabrics. Fabric scraps lend themselves to this project.  A crazy quilt design could be done or just strips of fabric to make up the heart shape.

Also needed:
Heart pattern
Sewing machine
Coordinating thread
Hand sewing needle

Heart Pillow Instructions:
1. Cut out 2 hearts with pattern placed on fold.  One is for the front and one is for the back.  If piecing either heart, sew pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance to make up a heart shape.
2.  With right sides together, pin front to back.

3.  Sew front to back with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a small 2.5" opening on a straighter area of the heart.  (See images)  Beginning at opening, sew around.  Take corners slowly and make turns with needle in.  Finish at the opening and leave 2.5" open for stuffing.
4.  Clip all curves and inner corner at top of heart.

5.  Turn right sides out, carefully opening all seams
6.  Press 
7.  Fill pillow with Poly-Fil, put stuffing towards curved heart edges to fill out heart, fill center, then finally the lower tip.
8.  Pin and close opening by hand with a small blind stitch.

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