February is a great month for all things “heart” and this charming Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow is such a sweet, easy project! Dive into your fabric stash and pull out everything red, white and pink, then head to the sewing store to pick up anything else you need. If you don’t have much red, white and pink or you’re just in the mood for new fabric (aren’t we all?!), look for a charm pack in Valentine colors similar to the one used by Corey of Little.Miss.Shabby patterns or pick up a few pleasingly pink, ravishing red and wonderfully white fat quarters.
You’ll start your Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow by cutting a heart shaped piece of fusible web. Corey suggests that you fold your fusible web in half (paper side out), then cut out a half heart and unfold. You can use your inner child to make the heart shape just like you did back in grade school! Don’t obsess over the heart cutting, but you may want to use a pencil to draw, and maybe re-draw, a shape you like before you actually cut. It will be covered in little bits of fabric when you’re done, so a flawless heart shape is not required, and the “heart police” will not be dropping by.
By the way, Corey doesn’t mention it, but the rule in my sewing studio is to never, ever fuse without something to protect my ironing board and iron. A non-stick applique sheet is my favorite way to keep fusi-goo away from my pressing tools. Click here to see the one I love. I’ve had mine for years and it’s well worth the investment!
If you’re using a charm pack, start by choosing squares to cut strips for your pillow binding. If you’ve chosen scraps or fat quarters, note the size of the strips in the tutorial and follow the same cutting instructions. Or you could use a solid fabric, dots, stripes (on the diagonal?) or a sweet print for the whole binding. Corey stitched the backing for her Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow using charm squares, but if you’re in a really scrappy, piecey mood, you could design a colorful block or blocks for the back instead.
This awesome fusible technique is loaded with potential for other projects!
- Try other shapes, both for your finished motif and the scrappy pieces you cut. Circle, square, triangle, an initial or a fabulous swirl for the motif. Dots, triangles or random shapes for the scrappy pieces.
- Make a shabby, scrappy statement on the front or sleeve of a t-shirt, the back or pocket of a jacket or a tote bag. You can use the adorable door hangers that Corey’s daughters made (above) for inspiration!
- Pinks, reds & whites are just right for the month of hearts, but any color combo you choose would be fabulous for other projects and shapes. You may want to keep a baggie of pre-cut pieces on hand and have fun with a playful version by pulling out random shapes and colors to layer and fuse.
- And, what if you included a little thread play? Adding some sparkle with Coats Metallic Thread would make your shabby, scrappy shape super-unique. Coats Quilting Thread would be perfect for the background quilting, too!
Click here to download the free Little.Miss.Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow tutorial on the Coriander Quilts blog, then grab your supplies and put your heart into some scrappy-happy sewing!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.