|The lighter fabric is longer than the darker fabric only because I didn’t cut it yet. All three pieces should be the same length.|
Good luck! I personally think this pillow is worth the effort. I’ve already made three!
Any other pillow designs out there that you think would be fun to DIY?! Let us know in the comments.
Ever since I made my Land of Nod-inspired shower curtain, I’ve been looking for other applications for the loosely sewn appliqué shapes. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be cute to use heart shapes to make a pillow for my daughter’s room.
This is a super simple project, and one that you could probably figure out without me typing out directions at all! But, since this is a DIY blog, here are the directions:
DIY Heart Pillow
First, make two different sized heart templates. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of cardstock in half and draw a half heart on the seam (you can see how I did this with the DIY Wall Valentines). Cut and unfold. Alternatively, if you have one of those super cool fabric cutter machines, you could just use that.
Trace your larger heart onto an ironed piece of fabric. Trace the smaller heart twice onto a different colored fabric (also ironed). Cut out with sharp sewing scissors (to reduce fraying).
Pin hearts onto your pre-made pillow case (or you can easily make one from scratch … see this post for instructions.
Either by hand or with a sewing machine, sew a vertical stitch line down the center of each heart. (Be careful not to sew through both sides of the pillow case!)
Unpin, finish sewing the case and you’re done!
When tackling a new challenge, I like to start small, in a non-overwhelming fashion. So I picked the smallest room in the house to start (and finish) decorating: the kids shared bath. It should be noted that this really only includes the bathtub/shower and toilet that they share. I didn’t even include their sink areas in this particular challenge.
I’m currently in the midst of designing / decorating my kids’ shared bath area (reveal coming soon here). It’s the standard Jack & Jill set-up and I’ve selected a gender neutral palette that I think they’ll both approve of. The main color is a minty turquoise kinda color, and then I’ve accented with light grey, dark grey and orange.
The room is obviously quite small, and pretty much just houses a bathtub and toilet, so I didn’t have a whole lot to work with to insert some personality into the space. I knew the shower curtain HAD to be a focal point. So I started shopping around, perusing the usual sources – Marshall’s, Pottery Barn Kids, Target, and, finally, Land of Nod. I fell in love with this shower curtain (the “Confetti Party” curtain) at Land of Nod. It’s whimsical, fun and colorful …although it didn’t quite jive with the colors I’d committed to. Fortunately, it looked pretty simple to DIY, so I could customize the colors to my exact palette!
In total, this curtain cost about $15 to make. I picked up this plain white shower curtain from Amazon, and then picked up a yard of the mint fabric, plus a few fat quarters of the accent colors from Joann Fabrics. Not bad, considering that the Land of Nod version runs $89. I will say that the Amazon shower curtain had a bit more of a “plastic-y” feel than I anticipated, but it still looks just fine.
Land of Nod – Inspired Shower Curtain
1 plain white shower curtain
2 1/2 total yards of assorted fabrics
Scissors (use a good pair for a clean cut … I use these)
The first step involves cutting lots and lots of fabric circles. I know there are machines that can do this for you, but I presently do not own any such machines and so I did this the old fashioned way. I ended up using a small paint can to trace circles on the fabric. I doubled the fabric over so that I could cut two circles out at once. You’ll need a total of about 135 fabric circles to do the whole curtain. Honestly, this step wasn’t as bad as I feared. Do it while you’re sitting on the couch watching TV – it really takes very little focus.
I used a small paint can to create a circle template. Trace the bottom of a can onto some sturdy cardboard and cut out the shape.
Trace the shape lightly with a pencil onto ironed fabric (doubled over for more efficient cutting).
Once this step is done, you’ll want to lay out your pattern on the curtain. In keeping with the Land of Nod inspiration curtain, I kept it pretty random. I ended up with 9 rows with 15 circles per row. I probably could have added another row or two, but I knew once it got bunched up on the rod, there would be plenty of dots.
|Sorry that it’s out of focus. I think this was late Saturday night…|
|Pin and sew, pin and sew…|
Just keep going until all your circles are sewed on.