We have created a cute Lacy Ruffle Heart Pillow tutorial for your Valentines Day sewing! You can easily sew up your own pillow with this free tutorial with printable heart template. Shop from our vast selection of half yards available at Girl Charlee Fabrics, or use your smaller pieces for this great stash busting project. We have been having fun making them with vegan leather, and you can see our Customer Service Manager Rachel below is a big fan. Enjoy!
- rotary cutter or fabric shears
- 1/2 yard knit fabric for pillow back
- 1/2 yard vegan leather fabric for pillow front
- 1/2 yard stretch lace fabric for pillow front & ruffle
- coordinating thread
- heart pattern - Download full tutorial with pattern here!
- polyfill or favorite stuffing material
- Overlock – Janome 1100D Professional
- Sewing Machine – Janome Skyline S7
Step 1 – Cut your fabrics
Take your three different fabric pieces and fold them in half, selvedge to selvedge. Fold your assembled heart pattern in half and place folded side on edge of folded edge for each fabric and cut out heart shape.
For the stretch lace cut two strips 2 1/2” wide across the width of the fabric from the folded edge to the selvedge for the ruffle pieces. Cut off the unusable selvedge edges from each strip.
Step 2 – Ruffle the lace edging
Using your overlock machine change your needle (two left dials) and the differential feed to the highest settings.
Fabric Tip: Since the lace is a lightweight fabric, I used slightly lower needle tension than the highest setting so it would not be too ruffled (for the Janome 1100D it was 5 for each needle setting).
Run one edge of each lace piece through the serger, overlapping the ends of the two pieces to attach them making one long strip.
Step 3 – Sew Ruffle to Lace Heart
Set your overlock back to your regular serger settings! Put the right side of the ruffled lace together with the right side of the lace heart piece and serge around the outside to attach ruffle to the lace heart.
Step 4 – Layer and Sew Heart
Lay out the vegan leather heart with right side up. Lay the sewn ruffled lace heart on top of vegan leather right side up with ruffle folded over (as shown on right),
Lay knit heart over top of leather and lace pieces right side down. Carefully pin around all three layers of fabric, making sure to line up all the edges and not catching any of the ruffled edges!
Make sure to pin a start and stop points to leave a small opening to turn for stuffing.
Step 5 – Turn Right Side Out & Stuff
Turn your heart right side out. Take your stuffing and fill to your desired fullness. Fold under and pin the small opening, and with your regular sewing machine sew a scant edge with your coordinating thread to close. COMPLETE!
Because you only need about 1/2 yard of each fabric for this project, I recommend starting your search in our pre-cut Half Yards Category. Below are the 3 fabrics I used in my pillow ::
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team