Burst Heart Pillow

As we near February, I thought it would be a great time to start sharing some beginner-friendly Valentine’s Day sewing projects.  To start, this heart pillow tutorial or the Bursting Heart Pillow from Blue Susan makes is a really cheerful way to use up some of your scrap fabrics and put a little extra color into your room.

Also, if you have participated in our 5-day sewing challenge and completed Day 1, wouldn’t this pillow be the perfect spot to put a button? If you missed how to do this, I will put it at the bottom of this post for you to try out!

“Bursting” Heart Pillow

Here’s a Bursting Heart Mini tutorial:  when I say “mini”, this tutorial will show you how to make the front of the pillow. I will leave the details of how to make the back of the pillow up to you. 

Start out with a square of paper that is the same size as your pillow form.  Mine was 20 inches.
Draw a big heart on it.  Remember that when you “burst” your heart it will get bigger. I ended up ultimately making mine 1/4 in smaller all the way around because I started too big.  Draw lines from the center of the heart to the edges and then connect the outer points along the curves to make triangles

Next trace the triangles filled heart onto the paper side of fusible web and number each triangle.  Cut the triangles out right on the lines.  Fuse the triangles to the back of different fabrics (I used 7 fabrics) and then cut around the triangles about 1/4 in.

Next press the raw edges over the paper starting with the corners first….

… and then the sides

Now remove the paper leaving the fusible web attached to the back of the fabric. Use the tip of an iron to fuse the raw edge of the fabric to the center.

Trim any excess fabric that gets in the way of your tiny point.  The downfall of this method is that the points don’t fuse leaving them precariously open until you stitch them down.   I’m okay with scrappy.

Now put your heart puzzle together on the right side of your pillow front making sure it is centered. For my front fabric square I used Osnaburg with a layer of white muslin under it. Osnaburg is a cheap utility fabric that has a natural linen look. I cut it at 20 inches square for a 20 in pillow form.  If your finished pillow cover is a little smaller than your pillow form it will have a much nicer look to it.

Now burst your heart by pulling out the triangles that you wish. Until you have it the way you like it.  Now you can gently iron it down and the centers of all the triangles will fuse in place.  I ironed it while it was on the floor since I figured there were enough layers to protect my carpet.  If you laying it out on a wood surface or cutting mat I wouldn’t suggest ironing over it. I also pinned each triangle in one spot just to be sure it stayed put while sewing and to hold my muslin layer in place.

Now stitch around each triangle.  I sewed all the way to the edge on the skinny points.  As you can see, some turned out better than others.

Lastly, put together your pillow back.  There are a variety of ways to close a pillow.  I made a zipper closure in mine.  HERE is a good tutorial if you want to put in a zipper too.

Just as a note: If you are putting in a zipper, make sure to leave it partially unzipped so you can turn it inside out.

Now place your front and back with RIGHT sides together and stitch around all four sides. I used a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Clip your corners to get a perfect point. And turn your pillow cover inside out.
One more tip: I like to stitch around the corners twice.  A little extra stitching helps prevent the corners from fraying out when you clip them.

And there you have your beautiful Bursting Heart Pillow.  Please let me know if you make one! I’d love to see your version.

Beginner Sewing Day 1 Challenge: Using your sewing machine to sew on a button

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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