Happy February! I’m happy heart month is finally here. Are you?
Annie Sloan has done it again. She has inspired me. I thought she was all about chalk paint – until I read her books. One of my favorites is Creating the French Look.
Each time I look through this book, I see something new. When you read it, you need to take notes! Each book Ms. Sloan writes is loaded with information about everything French. (I can’t bring myself to call her “Annie” – sort of a Southern respect thing.)
In this particular book, there are examples of items Ms. Sloan has sewn together: French window treatments (my favorite, of course), chair cushions, lamp shade covers, cloth napkins, and these sweet little hearts.
Aren’t they wonderful? Annie Sloan shows hand-sewing them, but I used my sewing machine.
Since there is no pattern provided in the book, I drew off a pattern for each piece, cut out the pattern, and then cut out some hearts of my own.
I angled the pieces in different directions on the fabric, similar to Ms. Sloan’s. The possibilities are endless, y’all. There are so many ways to make these uniquely your own!
You’ll need to cut two of each set, and be sure to cut one set on the reverse side. Or, to make it easy, fold your fabric piece before cutting, and cut two of each piece at one time.
After cutting your fabric pieces, pin the seam allowance sections, right sides together.
Here’s a peek at how both sides of the heart will look when sewn .
Gee, I didn’t realize until now how Americana this looks!
Sew the pieces together for each side of the heart. Next, sew the strap, folded with right sides together.
Here’s a tip: Sew one end of the strap to enclose it.
Now you have a sturdy end for turning. Push a dowel into the sewn end.
Work the strap onto the dowel, bringing the outside fabric from the inside. When you’ve inverted the entire strap, you can trim the sewn end off.
Here’s possibly a better tip: use 1″ ribbon for the strap – no turning required. 😉
Press the strap smooth, fold it in half, and insert it inside the two heart pieces. Line up the strap edges with the seam edge of the heart’s largest curve. The heart pieces are sewn with right sides together. Leave an opening for inverting and stuffing the pillow.
You can see the folded end of the strap sticking out the opening I’m leaving in the heart.
See the raw ends of the strap at the seam allowance? I serged the opening edges before sewing the pillow together. I serged the remainder of the edges after stitching everything together.
Invert the pillow and stuff with polyfil. You don’t want to stuff it full and tight. It needs to be more on the flat side – and flexible. I also added some French Lavender that I found at T.J. Maxx. It smells divine!
Lavender has such a clean, fresh scent.
This scent is like real lavender blooms. I’ve grown it in recent years, but it doesn’t survive long here in our sticky mud. Lavender requires well-drained soil.
I have memories of sitting on the porch and catching a whiff of lavender in the breeze. (Pure heaven!)
These sweet little hearts take me back to those memories. The Lavender heart pillows would be a pretty addition anywhere you want to catch the scent. If you prefer a different scent, use it in your hearts.
Annie Sloan didn’t provide a pattern. But, today I’m providing my Heart Pillow Pattern for you. You’re welcome. 🙂
Click the link below* to check out Creating the French Look on Amazon.com.
Happy heart month, y’all!