Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine’s Day Pillow

And surprise your sweetie with a personalized message.

Oh, Valentine’s Day pillow talk can be fun! Keep it sweet – or saucy – it’s your call when you use Dritz iron-on lettering to create a message for your guy! We’ve included a free mustache sewing pattern that you can download; you can emulate what we’ve done with our pillow or come up with a romantic message of your own. It’s a fun way to celebrate this day of love!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow

Let’s get started! You’ll need these sewing supplies:

  • 14″ pillow insert or polyfil
  • (2) 14″ fabric squares for pillow (we used Timeless Treasures Grey Sketch for front panel and Ziggy Black for back panel)
  • 12″ fabric square for heart (we used Timeless Treasures Soho solid – Hibiscus)
  • Black felt
  • 2 packages of Dritz iron-on letters (we used black Monogram font)
  • Sewing machine
  • Printer & paper (for mustache & heart PDF pattern)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Iron
  • Dritz 12″ curve ruler (*optional)
  • Steam-A-Seam2 (**optional)

*If you’re a perfectionist, the Dritz curve ruler will help you draw and cut a slight curve along the sides to prevent “dog ear” corners.

**The Steam-A-Seam2 makes it so much easier to apply the heart. You’ll be able to temporarily reposition it, to get the placement just right. Note that it does add some stiffness though.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Using the template provided, cut out the heart (on the fabric fold), mustache and fabric squares per the measurements listed.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Following the instructions on the package, apply the Steam-A-Seam2, or just pin the heart to the front fabric square.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Zigzag stitch the heart to your fabric.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Pin and stitch your mustache in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Apply the iron-on letters per the instructions on the package. (Which are super easy, by the way.)


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

If you want to make more square corners, and prevent the ‘dog ear’ look, make a 1/2″ mark on both sides of every corner (8 marks total).

Using the 12″ and 7- to 7-1/2″ markings on the ruler, draw a curved line from the 1/2″ mark to the opposite long edge of the fabric.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Pin the two layers with right sides together. Cut the new corners using the lines you just drew. (It will kind of look like a marshmallow.)


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Pin and stitch the two squares together leaving a 6 to 8″ opening on the bottom side.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Valentine's Day Pillow using Dritz iron-on letters

Trim your corners, and turn right-side out. Use a point turner for crisp square corners.

Insert your pillow form or polyfil and stitch it closed. 

We really want to know … what does your Valentine’s Day pillow say?

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