Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love Note Pillows and a Question

I have so many large house projects to work on that I haven't been taking on any little ones. But I couldn't let Valentine's Day go by (even though it's 4 weeks away) without a little something. So last night I made these pillows that I like to call Love Note Pillows.   One has a little pocket in which to stash some love notes and the other is just an ooops that turned into a companion pillow.  I was inspired to do the love poem script from Roeshel's drop cloth script curtains over at the DIY Show Off.



Measure and cut out two pieces of white cotton duck.   Secure to your table using blue tape to prevent the fabric from shifting as you write. Place a piece of cardboard under in case the Sharpie bleeds through.  Begin writing your words, poem, song, whatever.   I selected a love poem called  Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley that had lots of Valentiney words in it. I knew no one would read it but I wanted love words.

Sorry about the blurriness in some of the pics.






Cut out two red hearts from felt. I used a scalloped decoration as a pattern but then decided to cut off the scallops. Leave one heart intact but cut the other in half.








Place the half on top of the intact heart (creating the pocket) and stitch around to secure. I used a zig zag just to make it fun but as you can see my stitching isn't that straight. No biggee to me.


I guess you could sew it on the fabric at this time too but I chose to secure it using Liquid Stitch.  Let dry.

Right sides together, sew your two squares together leaving an opening for the pillow.




Stuff with your pillow insert, seal up either by sewing or by Liquid Stitching  and you're done.

The second, smaller pillow I made because my first attempt at writing the poem was a bust. I spelled "thou" as "though" and that wouldn't do. So I cut off that line and made a smaller pillow. I made a ruffle from red felt by setting my machine to the longest stitch but the tightest tension and stitching down the middle. I sewed the ruffle onto the front piece before doing the right-sides-together-sew-stuff steps.




Changing topics:  Can you have too much drop cloth decorating? I would really love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers!
Jenny                        

85 comments:

  1. The pillows are adorable and definitely not overkill, in my opinion. But...I think the red heart would be overkill AFTER Valentine's Day. The red ruffle is wonderful. I would make that removable...and make others in other colors to coordinate with seasons, holidays, etc. For instance, yellow and/or purple for Easter, orange/gold for Fall, etc. Cute touch! I love the pillows!

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  2. These are fabulous!! Great job!

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  3. These are so sweet and surprising simple! What a great idea!

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  4. Love these pillows! I host a weekly linky I would love to have you strut your stuff in, fri-monday. I am also hosting a Valentine Contest starting Monday, and your post here could win you some fab prizes. Hope to see you soon.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  5. So cute! I especially love the ruffles and you have a great penmanship!

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  6. I love these pillows! They will be featured on my site this Friday. I hope you'll stop by to say hi! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea!
    Jen
    Scissors & SPatuals

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  7. I just pinned your project. So adorable. I'll have to save it for next year, though. Too many projects going on right now : )

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  8. SO cute!!! And no you cannot have too much! It's PERFECT!!! XO, Aimee

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  9. Gorgeous! I would love to to this, but my handwriting is horrid! Great job!

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  10. Im utterly smitten with these! And nope...not when you make something this gorgeous!

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  11. How lovely! You did an amazing job!

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  12. These are beautiful! I love the contrast with the written words and the pops of red. Thanks for sharing

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  13. Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE THESE!!! I have a party going on at Projectqueen.org that I would LOVE for you to link these up to. They are adorable.

    Mandy
    Projectqueen.org

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE these! So creative! :)

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  15. Oh my these are adorable! I'm pinning and tweeting about them right now! Love them!

    Crystal
    apumpkinandaprincess.blogspot.com

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  16. These are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE them!! If you get a chance I would love it if you could share them at my link party, The Creative Spark. Pinned!!
    Jenn :)
    www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

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  17. I just love these pillows! So great of you to share a tutorial!! Would you mind if I include a photo of these with a link back to your blog on my annual post of various crafts in blogland for Valentine's Day?

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  18. I love these! I also love that you wrote on them yourself. (you write straight), at first I thought it was material with writing on it! I really love the one where you can leave a valentine!

    Thanks for linking up to Tell it to Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living!
    --Katie

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  19. these are so incredible!!!! thanks for sharing! would love for you to include them in the HANDMADE VALENTINE Link Up @ http://www.summitstreetjoy.com/2012/01/handmade-valentines-day-crafts-and.html

    seriously talented! :)

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  20. Adorable idea, Thanks for sharing!

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  21. I love these handwritten pillows!
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  22. I love these! And I just may have to "pin it" to my pillow talk board! New to your blog and glad I found your creative space on the web.

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  23. Love it, but my handwriting isn't as pretty as yours.

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  24. You have beautiful handwriting and it totally makes this pillow! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Wow! I wish my handwriting was as nice as yours! So freaking adorable.
    craftcrazymom.com

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  26. Jenny, I love those pillows. They're bookmarked for a coming-soon project for sure. As for drop cloth decorating, bring it on! Way less expensive than buying same fabric bty at craft stores and it comes so wide! Came over by way of Creatively Living.
    janet

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  27. Just about the best thing I've seen for Valentines ! ! I'm linking you on my facebook page too ! ! NICE !

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  28. Wow!brilliant thought. beautifully done
    daffy

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  29. I love this project...found you through the Made U look link party. I "pinned" this to my Valentine pinterest board, because I definitely would love to do this...so much going on right now...not sure I can get to it this year...BUT I am in love with drop cloth script as well!!! LOVE THIS!!! AM a new follower.

    Erin at http://chronicchristiancrafter.blogspot.com

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  30. I just love this and hope you will link it up to my Show-It-Off-Thursdays party at:

    http://ornamentplace.com/?p=1400

    Thanks, Linda

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  31. I just LOVE this pillow, I HAD to make one of my own! I wrote my wedding vows on mine :-) thanks for the tutorial! I would love to post mine with your link if that's ok?

    Jill@ iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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  32. These are adorable! I can't beilive you wrote all of that on the fabric! I would LOVE it if you would be willing to link up to our party going on now. Thanks

    http://kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/01/link-it-up-thursday-3.html

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  33. What a great idea. Turned out so beautiful - thanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party!

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  34. Very lovey-dovey - I especially like the small one - and I'm so impressed you figured out how to make it work . . . I need to develop that skill so I don't waste so many supplies!

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  35. From one crafty teacher to another, I love this idea. I'm your newest follower. I do hope you'll consider following my blog, too: http://whowantstobemarthawhenicanbeme.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow! I am so impressed that you wrote out the words on these pillows! They turned out so lovely!!

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  37. Hi Jenny. Just wanted to let you know that we featured your gorgeous pillows on my Facebook page. If you want to grab a 'featured' button, the link is below:

    Facebook link (so you can see your name in lights): https://www.facebook.com/thesepeastastefunny
    Where the buttons live: http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/

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  38. This would be so cool with lyrics to a song for any occassion too. So cool!

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  39. Found you on Addicted 2 Decorating. Just love the pocket and the idea of writing something personal like a poem or song lyrics onto the pillow. Since I don't sew would have to go the liquid stitch method but would probably work.

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  40. How sweet...i just made a pillow similarly, but had to ask hubby to do the writing as his writing is way better than mine...your pillows turned out so cute...xo

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  41. These pillows are truly amazing! I need to sew more often!

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  42. Love the pillows, too much drop cloth..Never. I Love the black and white with a touch of red too. Perfect! Smooches and hugs and wishes for a beautiful weekend xo

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  43. I featured your amazing pillows today at Project Queen! Thanks so much for linking them up to the party.

    Mandy

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  44. These are over the top! So great. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  45. I LOVE this! Unfortunately my handwriting is not nearly as pretty as yours...I'd have to find someone to write it for me! :) I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
    -Melissa

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  46. This is adorable - love your handwriting, I don't think I could make it so neat! Well done! Please stop by to enter my digital scrapbook software giveaway!

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  47. Oh my I love these! You have such pretty handwriting! I am going to attempt to make my own version, with Elvis lyrics (Love Me Tender...Can't Help Falling In Love) though I can guarantee they won't be half as pretty as yours! Thanks so much for the tutorial!:)

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  48. These turned out soooo cute! What a great idea...I never would have thought to write on fabric for a pillow cover...but I don't sew very much so I would just be worried I would ruin in. But these look FABULOUS!!

    Ashley
    Simply Designing
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  49. I just love you pillows! So creative and what great colors!

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  50. Those are so cute! I would love for you to link up at my new Valentine Party at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  51. I adore these and wanted to let you know I featured them as part of my link party wrap up and features!

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  52. What beautiful pillows! I saw them at The Answer Is Chocolate and had to stop by to tell you that I think they are great!
    ~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

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  53. I'm featuring this tonight on Tell it to Me Tuesday! Come on by and grab a button!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  54. Congrats, this was last week's most viewed link! http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/01/will-craft-forcute-t-shirts.html

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  55. I TOTALLY love this! I'd LOVE to have you link up at Overflowing with Creativity #6 ---it just started!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  56. I TOTALLY love this! I'd LOVE to have you link up at Overflowing with Creativity #6 ---it just started!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  57. Hey I'm featuring these in tomorrow's Show & Share!! :)

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  58. Thank you so much for linking up last week! I wanted ot let you know I featured you this week!! Stop by and grab a button!!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  59. Love these pillows! Pinning them.

    Sharon

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  60. Thanks for linking up at Show-It-Off Thursdays at:

    http://ornamentplace.com/?p=1752

    You were featured today!!

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  61. Those are fantastic! You could really personalize the messages to. So Cute.

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  62. That is so neat!! I love making cushions but never thought about writing on them myself... pity my handwriting is terrible!!
    Feel free to link up on my blogs linky party!
    http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/search/label/made%20monday

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  63. Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

    Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

    XO, Aimee

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  64. Thanks for this tutorial! The pillows are adorable and I would also like to make some without hearts with quotes/poems for other seasons. GREAT JOB!

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  65. I featured these today! How could I not?? They are gorgeous!

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  66. I featured it in my Valentine Round up this past Wednesday...http://estherscardcreations.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentine-round-up.html
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  67. Love this tutorial. Great idea for the love note on the pillow. So cute! I had to pin it and share it on my CraftBliss Facebook page. ~Dee

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  68. Oh My God... Loved these pillows!
    Just became a follower!

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  69. I love this so much, I am adding it to my Valentine's Day decor ideas! Thank you for sharing!!

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  70. Hi Jenny. You adorable pillow was the inspiration for me to create one myself. I just love yours and had fun creating one of my own. Thanks for sharing. If you're interested you can see mine here: http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/2014/01/valentine-pillow-tutorial-to-warm-your.html

    Hugs...Tracy

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  71. Beautiful pillows! Lovely handwriting! I love the heart and the ruffle! I'm pinning this to my Valentine's Day board!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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