This fun geometric heart is a miniature version of a giant one I made for Valentine's day. I took my original inspiration from a classic quilt block, so it only seemed fitting to make the very same quilt block into a pillow. I used this pillow to pull together the colors in the room - the gold in the gold dot sheets, the grey in the duvet cover and the pink in the walls.
Even if you have never even thought about making a quilt before, this is so easy and totally doable. All you need to know how to do is cut triangles, sew straight lines and use an iron.
Here's how I made my pillow front:
1. Using a cutting matt and a rotary cutter, you are going to need to cut 72 triangles. Start by cutting 5" squares and then cut those squares in half diagonally. You will need 52 grey triangles (I used two tones of grey) and you will need 20 triangles for the heart (I used 7 gold triangles, 7 light pink, and 6 dark pink).
2. Lay out your pattern exactly how you want the finished product to look like. Then working in triangle pairs, sew right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Then, using an iron, press open the seam. Turn the square over and iron it on the front side as well.
4. Using scissors, trim the ends off the corners, to make the square perfectly square.
5. Then working in rows, sew the squares together to make an entire row of the pillow. And press open the seams each time.
6. Press on both sides, so that everything lays flat. Things will be more likely to line up if everything is pressed well.
7. Now sew the rows together and press the seams flat (again).
8. Ta-da! What a beautiful thing simple triangles can make.
I backed this pillow with solid grey fabric. I put in a hidden zipper along the bottom edge. But, you could easily just top stitch it closed with the same colored thread.
I've had a lot of fun with triangles and geometric shapes lately. I made this green, mint and gold geometric pillow recently as well. It is much more random pattern, but can you see how much fun sewing triangles can been?
Post by: Jeran Oleander and Palm