I love this cute idea to help get in the holiday spirit. I pinned this a long before Valentine's Day and have been keeping my eyes out for some cheap Valentine-themed towels. Did I mention that this pillow is made out of towels? Like dollar-store-kitchen-two-per-pack towels? That is so my style. The idea behind the pillow is that there is a pocket on the front, and for the fourteen days of February leading up to Valentine's Day you leave sweet little notes and surprises for each other.
Unfortunately, I never came across said Valentine's day towels at the many dollar stores I frequent. I did, however, come across some St. Patrick's day towels. Put that together with a little red and voila! The "Lucky in Love" pillow is born.
I cut one 14 x 14 inch square and two 14 x 8 inch rectangles out of the shamrock towels.
I made a few attempts at getting this heart just right. One of the consequences of sewing on the fly is that you don't always do it the right way the first time. I'm going to try to show you the way I liked best but I didn't take many pictures of it.
I cut the two hearts out of the red towel. I stitched them right sides together almost completely around. Trim the excess, clip the corners, turn right sides out, press and topstitch around the whole thing, closing the open portion. I ended up with a nicely shaped lined heart pocket.
|Yellow dotted line is the stitch line|
I laid the top piece down, right side up. I placed the back pieces on top, right sides together, lining up the Velcro strips and edges.
|This was full version one, featuring heart version two. The heart is not exactly evenly shaped so I had to try it again.|
|Full version two, featuring heart version three--which I am completely happy with.|
|For comparison, version one on the left, version two on the right. Next to each other the lopsided-ness is much more obvious.|
Total cost: $12 for two pillows--three shamrock towels, one red towel, two pillow forms
Total time: The first version took 1 & 1/2 hours, but since I had worked out a few kinks the second one was done in about 45 minutes.
Final verdict: I am going to give these to my boys on Valentine's day but I think I am going to have to replace the heart pocket on version one. My OCD-ness just will not allow that to stay when its twin is so much better looking. I know that my boys won't care in the least. The little lovebugs just adore anything I make for them. I like her idea of sharing little messages but clearly missed the date on that one. These will be in season for at least another month, so maybe we will share messages from Valentine's day until St. Patrick's Day? And now that I know how many dollar store towels it takes to make a cover, maybe I'll just whip a new one up for each season.