Appliqué Heart Garland Pillow Tutorial

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Here’s another super quick and fun project that uses appliqué hearts! This stylish, rustic cushion is a great Valentine’s addition to the home, that you might even want to keep around longer than Valentine’s Day! 🙂 This project can be completed in about an hour.

What you will need:

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  • a 12″ x 18″ cushion (or in the size of your choice)
  • some fusible interfacing (enough for one 12″ x 18″ piece and a 5″ by 14″  strip to trace the five hearts)
  • Five 5″ squares or scraps of red and white fabric
  • a half metre of your background fabric
  • an 18″ zipper

OR

  • one of our Heart Garland Cushion Cover kits, available at FlareFabrics.ca for just $11.99 (contains all the fabric you will need!)
  • an 18″ zipper
  • a 12″ x 18″ cushion (or in the size of your choice)
  • some fusible interfacing (enough for one 12″ x 18″ piece and a 5″ by 14″strip to trace the five hearts)

First, cut the fabric for the main part of the cushion cover. My cushion is 12″ x 18″, so I cut two pieces of fabric 13″ x 18.5″.

Iron a 12″ x 18″ piece of fusible interfacing on the wrong side or one of your 13″ x 18.5″ pieces of background fabric.

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Fold over the bottom long edge of both the front and back 12″ x x18″ pieces of the cushion cover to create a hem and pin in place on the zipper. Sew in the zipper.

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Trace 5 heart shapes onto the fusible interfacing and cut them out roughly. Make sure the hearts will fit on your 5″ squares of fabric. My hearts were about 4″ tall and 3″ wide.

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Iron the fusible onto the wrong side of each of your 5″ squares of red and white fabric. Cut them out carefully along the outline of the heart.

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Using chalk, draw a curved line across the centre of the front of your cushion (the part that has interfacing on the back). This line will be the ‘string’. Make sure the zipper is on the bottom. Using a tight zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew along the curved line. I used black thread so it would be very visible. Lay the hearts out on the right side of  your cushion cover, following the curved line.  Pin the hearts in place.

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Using a tight zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, follow the outline of each of the hearts. Again, I used a black thread so that the outline would really stand out.

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Place the two sides of your cushion cover right sides together and sew the remaining 3 sides (the edge with the zipper is already attached).

Turn your cover right side out and put it on your cushion!

Fini!

IMG_20140129_095255This project was inspired by this tutorial, by Amy Smart.

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