How To Make Handmade Heart Pillows

Many of you may know I homeschool my youngest daughter, Emma.  Well my little homeschooler has started a sewing class this semester that she is crazy about. Who would have thought?  Not me – as much as I love most other kinds of crafting, the apple falls pretty far from the tree on this one. Lucky for me, Emma takes this class through our local homeschool co-op we are a part of  😉  But she came up with this project all on her own after being inspired by something similar she did in class. It’s so cute, I just had to show you too!  I especially love the printables she designed you’ll find linked below for including when giving one of these hearts as a gift for someone who could use encouragement.

Sew Easy: How to Make Handmade Heart Pillows

We thought it would be fun to plan to use these for “heart attacks” (love themed random acts of kindness).  This would also make a great gift for next Valentines Day, or any time really. Here’s Emma and me with the the pillows she made us for Valentines Day 2015  🙂


Emma is 11 now but if you have a child who is pretty comfortable with basic hand-sewing stitches, I’d imagine this project could be completed by kids as young as 5 or 6, (with supervision of course)!

Handmade Heart Pillow Project Supplies:

Thread (same color as fabric)
Sewing Scissors
Any Type of Wrapping Paper (We used a thick kind)

For the Letters:

White Fabric
Paper Scissors


Handmade Heart Pillow Project Instructions:

  • First use wrapping paper (folded in half) to draw half a heart on the crease
  • Cut out heart shape
  • Unfold your wrapping paper
  • Pin your piece of wrapping paper onto your fabric
  • Cut out your fabric heart shape
  • Pin the two fabric pieces together
  • Sew your two pieces together using whipstitch demonstrated in below video, leaving a two inch hole at the bottom
  • Turn your pillow inside out
  • Stuff your pillow
  • Sew up the two inch hole using the whipstitch
  • Optional last step: cut out and sew on letters for recipient’s name to be sewn on pillow
  • To see full video of these project instructions, click over to Emma’s brand new DIY YouTube channel, Cutie Creations!

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Who do you know that could use a reminder of how much they’re loved?  Have you ever thought about planning a “heart attack” for someone in need of a healthy dose of kindness and love?  Tell us about it in the comments if you decide to plan something like this – we always LOVE hearing from you  🙂

Sew Easy: How to Make Handmade Heart Pillows!  Fun activity for all ages, with free printables!


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  1. Dawnita wrote:

    Those are so neat! What a great job! Our girls love creating & crafting. Love the printable too. 🙂

    Posted 2.19.15 Reply
  2. Holly wrote:

    Great job, Emma! Thanks for sharing the how to! My almost 10 year old daughter just started sewing and I can’t wait to share this with her! I know she’ll love giving “heart attacks” too! 🙂

    Posted 2.20.15 Reply
  3. These are so cute! My daughter is 6 and has been wanting to learn how to sew… these look really easy and I could probably help her make one. What a great activity to do with your daughter and I love the words on them!

    Posted 3.1.15 Reply