As promised, these project posts are going to be popping up frequently (even with the blanket knitting). I have "plans" for the next five but that doesn't really mean anything because I had "plans" for the original 26 and only maybe two of those have been realized.
But I really wanted to make a heart pillow after seeing lots of expensive ones all over Blogland the past few months. I picked up cream and red canvas and red thread that closely matched the fabric. I also got a zipper because after sewing the clutch, zippers are no longer mysterious.
I cut out my heart, centered and pinned it on a square of cream canvas and then carefully sewed around the edges of the heart using a zig-zag stitch with a length of almost 0 so the stitches were super close together.
It took awhile and my machine jammed up a few times but it worked! The heart is secure and the edges are pretty clean. Below is how it looked from the backside. Pretty cool on its own and I feel like something like that will be making it on to paper soon...
Usually to make a pillow, I pin the front and back together (right sides facing in) and machine stitch three sides together. Then I turn it right-side out, slip in the pillow insert and hand-stitch the final side. But what's awesome about the zipper, is it means no hand-stitching.
I added the zipper to the bottom side (point of the heart side) and then attached that to the fabric that would be the back of the pillow. Then I pinned the front and the back together with right-sides facing each other and unzipped it a bit so once the other three sides were sewn, I could pull the pillow right-side out through the zippered edge.
The pillow insert slipped right in. It looks much cleaner and it's easier.
I ordered a gray couch about 10 weeks ago (after years of Ikea, I had no idea furniture that you don't put together yourself takes so long to ship) and this guy will look perfect on it, but for now it's living on the built-in couches.