Welcome to our L-O-V-E Challenge! We’ve asked our designers to come up with a fabulous craft featuring the word “Love” to get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Check back every day to see what each design team member came up with- and then we’ll have a vote for YOUR favorite at the end (and probably some fun giveaway items, too!)
Oh how I love a challenge! When the Design Team here at Crafts Unleashed decided we’d do a home decor challenge with the word LOVE the gears started turning right away. And then I went shopping at Consumer Crafts!
To make this craft, you’ll need:
- 2 white bandannas
- 3 red bandannas
- Studded iron-on “Perfect” large
- Rhinestone iron-on “Love” large
- Sparkly Sequins iron-on Heart
- Fabri-Tac (optional for those who don’t sew)
- Cricut Machine with the George & Basic Shapes cartridge
- Fusible webbing or iron-on adhesive
- Pillow stuffing
- Sewing machine (optional), thread, scissors, iron
Following manufacturer instructions iron the fusible webbing or iron-on adhesive to the back side of a red bandanna.
Cut the bandanna with paper backing to a 12 by 12 inch size to fit the Cricut cutting mat.
Load it into the machine and cut out hearts just like you would on paper.
If you don’t have a Cricut you can still make this project. Find a heart stencil (or make one of your own) and draw hearts on the paper backing and cut them out by hand with scissors.
Iron the two white bandannas flat. On one bandanna lay the cut out hearts on the front in a pleasing arrangement. Notice I also included the sequin heart iron-on.
Iron all of the pieces to the front of the bandanna.
Next, place one bandanna over the other with the right sides facing each other and pin.
Cut away excess fabric. I am going to sew the pillow around the outside black line so I cut about 1/2 inch off all around.
Now you have a choice. You can machine stitch, hand stitch or use fabri-tac and stitch/glue the two pieces of fabric together. If you are using fabri-tac I recommend having several small clip clothes pins on hand to hold the fabric together while the glue dries.
Leave a small opening on one side for inserting the filling and turn the pillow right side out.
Fill the pillow and whipstich or glue the opening closed.
For the heart shaped pillows, fold a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardstock in half, draw half of a heart with the top valley and bottom point on the fold. Cut out the heart and unfold the cardstock to make the template for the pillows.
Iron a red bandanna and place the heart template on one corner of the bandanna; cut out. Turn the bandanna to the opposite corner, place the heart template and cut out another heart. I got two pieces of pillow from one bandanna and I cut my pieces a little larger than the template for the seam allowance.
Iron the word “perfect” or “love” on the front of the pillow according to the iron-on package instructions. Place the right sides of the fabric together and either hand sew, machine sew or glue the pieces of the pillow together (just like with the first pillow).
Cut small slits in the edge of the pillow being very careful not to cut through your stitches. This allows the fabric to “bend” a little so that the rounded portions lay better once the pillow is turned right side out.
Also, make sure to leave the opening for stuffing the pillow on one of the long sides and not at the bottom point, one of the rounded top parts or the valley at the top of the heart. Otherwise when you stitch the pillow closed it will be more difficult and may make your heart look a little misshapen.
Repeat cutting, ironing and sewing/glueing for the second pillow.
Another option would be to use the iron on adhesive or fusible webbing on black fabric and cut out the word LOVE or another word and iron it onto the heart just like with the hearts on the white pillow.
I had some lovely scraps of bandanna fabric left over after these projects and I just couldn’t let them go to waste! Please visit my Creative Goddess blog to see what I made with them!