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How to Make a Heart Pillow – VIDEO and FREE Pattern

Level up your romantic home décor with this super cute DIY heart pillow. These heart pillows are so easy to make that you will whip up a bunch in an afternoon. They go really well together, so once you learn the ropes of how to make a heart pillow, you’ll be able to make one in your sleep. Grab the free heart pillow pattern and mix the sizes for a real WOW factor.

heart pillow valentines day

Up next is the cute 3D valentines day garland you see on the image above, so stay tuned.

Below you will find my step by step heart shaped pillow pattern, written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Heart Pillow

Supplies and tools

diy heart pillow supplies

  • Sherpa fleece or minky (white, pink, peach or red)
  • stuffing
  • optional: Contrasting fabric for the heart decorations on top
  • heart pillow pattern (link to the free pattern below)
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine or you can hansew this. It’s basically just one seam, so it’s easy

DOWNLOAD: heart pillow pattern (Free PDF file)

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How To Sew Heart Shaped Pillows

Watch the diy heart pillow video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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Heart Shaped Pillow VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP 1: Prepare the heart pillow pattern

Download and print the heart pillow pattern at 100% (no scale) if you want to make a large heart pillow. Print the sewing pattern at 60% for the small heart pillow (red one pictured below). Trim the excess paper from the sewing pattern and tape the two parts of the template together.

heart pillow template on top of fabric

STEP 2: Cut the fabrics

Fold the fleece fabric in half and place the heart template pattern on the fold. Pin and cut out the fabric according to the template. The seam allowance is 1/2 inch and is already included. Repeat for the second fabric piece, so that you’ll end up with two identical heart pieces.

2 identical hearts cut from sherpa fabric

TIP: As always, I recommend pre-washing the fabrics if you are going to wash them in the long run. This ensures that they won’t shrink and your DIY heart pillows will always look at their best!

STEP 3: OPTIONAL: Add decoration on top

This step is completely optional, so feel free to skip it if you want to make the standard minimalistic pillow.

Cut out the heart outlines

Use this free heart garland pattern and cut out the middle sized heart outlines. The template is meant to be cut on fold, so fold your decorative fabric in half and pin the template on top. Cut out 2 identical heart outlines.

Arrange the heart elements

Place the hearts in the center of the heart pillow top, with wrong side of hearts facing the right side of the pillow top. Arrange them to your liking. If you want to replicate my design, just place the hearts on top of each other as shown. Carefully lift the top heart and make a cut throw the heart below it so that you can make the twist design. Pin everything in place so that it won’t shuffle while you are sewing.

arrange the heart decoration

Using straight stitch, sew along the whole design.

You can either make two parallel lines at each side of the outline or take the lazy route like me and make a single line at the center of the fabric. Both will work, and although parallel lines would definitely look really cool if done right, Sherpa fabric with another fabric on top is a difficult combo to tackle. If you are a beginner, save yourself some seam ripping and sew a single line in the middle.

applique the design on the heart pillow top

STEP 4: Layer and pin fabrics

Take the back piece and place it over the pillow top, right sides facing. Pin generously around the heart to keep the Sherpa fleece from moving. Leave a 3 inch gap on one of the straight sides of the pillow.

layering fabric for the heart shaped pillow

STEP 5: Stitch around

Stitch around the heart pillow using a 1/2inch seam allowance.

stitching line

Go slow and use a walking foot if you have one, as Sherpa fleece is thick and this will definitely help you sew it a lot easier. Stop and pivot at corners and carefully sew the curves of the heart.

STEP 6: Trim and clip the excess

Taper the seam allowances on the sides toward the point of the bottom. Clip small triangle notches along the curves, about ½ inch apart to allow the heart pillow to lay flat and look better.

trimming the exess fabric from the valentines day decoration - theheart pillow

STEP 7: Turn around

Turn the whole heart pillow inside out through the gap you left. Use your fingers to push out the seams as much as possible

turning around

STEP 8: Stuff well

Fill your pillow with the poly-stuff to your desired firmness. Pillows take a lot of stuffing, so don’t be baffled if it’s your first (or second) time using poly-fill.

stuff the heart shaped cushion with polyfill

STEP 9: Pin

Fold the raw edges of the gap 1/2inch to the inside and pin to keep them in place.

STEP 10: Stitch the gap

Take a hand-sewing needle and matching thread and sew the gap using either ladder (invisible) stitch or whip stitch. I’m using red thread on the white pillow so you can clearly see where I am sewing, but using matching thread makes this totally invisible.

stitching the gap of the heart shaped cushion

Voila! Your DIY heart pillow is ready. Cute as a button. These heart pillows look really cool together in a group of two or three!

red heart shaped pillow

I hope you liked my heart pillow tutorial! Let me know how your pillow turned out in the comments below!


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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 23 comments
Mary - January 20, 2021

How do you download heart pillow pattern

    Helen - January 20, 2021

    Hi Mary,
    The link is in in the supplies and tools section. The pattern is free bonus for our email subscribers

mary begeot - January 20, 2021

cannot download pattern for heart pillow

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Try again please. It’s under supplies/tools

Julie - January 22, 2021

What a lovely Valentine project.

Ann - January 24, 2021

They are beautiful and being featured on my blog Tuesday evening. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    Helen - January 25, 2021

    Thank you for featuring my heart pillow, Ann. I’ll drop by to see it on your blog

Shelbee on the Edge - January 24, 2021

Aw, I love love and these heart pillows just make me smile because they represent love boldly and brilliantly!


Marci - January 25, 2021

What a CUTE pillow set! Thank you for the pattern as well as the step by step directions. I’ve pinned your post and would also like to feature it tomorrow for Tuesdays with a Twist link party! 😉 -Maraci

    Helen - January 25, 2021

    Thank you so much, Marci. I’ll drop by to see it on the blog!

Naush Samama - January 25, 2021

So cute ! Thank you for sharing your post with us at Meraki Link Party.
Have a wonderful week

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - January 27, 2021

These are perfect for the holiday – or just for fun home decor. You made some really pretty ones. Thanks for continuing to share your projects every week. #HomeMattersParty

Rebecca - Glutarama - January 28, 2021

What a lovely craft idea. My daughter is planning on making a gift for her girlfriend this year so I’m sharing this post with her for some inspiration.

Jennifer Dynys - January 28, 2021

What sweet pillows! Thanks for sharing at EH&F.

Julie A Murphree - January 30, 2021

Hi, Helen! I love this project – so much, in fact, I will be using it as a featured post on the Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop 89 at The Farm Wife! Thanks for being a fun part of our Hop!!!

    Helen - January 30, 2021

    Hi Julie, thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it so much

Linda Primmer - January 31, 2021

Love your heart pillows. So perfect for Valentines. have you seen the little stuffed hearts on Etsy, also pumpkin? They are darling and selling like hotcakes.
I am happy to feature your darling heart pillows on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

    Helen - February 1, 2021

    Thank you so much for the feature, Linda. No, I have not seen these, I rarely pop on etsy if at all 🙂
    I have a pattern for small stuffed hearts, too – check out my hand warmers pattern – would work like a charm

chickenruby - February 3, 2021

Perfect for Valentines Day. I’m now reunited with my sewing machine back in the UK so I’m looking forward to starting some of these projects I’ve been book marking.
Thank you for linking with #PoCoLo sorry I’m late with commenting will catch up before the next post later this week.

Marcy - January 26, 2022

There is no link for the heart outline pattern?

    Helen - January 28, 2022

    It’s under supplies

Anne - February 11, 2022

I can’t find the pattern for the decoration heart toppings. Only the main pillow.


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