Do you ever feel a little sorry for January?
I mean….there are times when I think it’s a little pitiful.
It follows December with all of the cheer and excitement and the first noel and decking the halls and harking the herald angels
…..and all that joy to world.
Bless its heart.
Okay….so it does start off strong with ringing in the new year and champagne and toasts and not letting old acquaintances be forgotten….….but seriously…..
….it’s all downhill after that.
For some reason….I’m always a little sad in January.
And extra snowy.
And the Hallmark channel has a few less happily ever afters…..
…..and a lot more help yourself.
Good thing February is right around the corner with joy and happiness and love and Reese’s peanut butter hearts (so much better than the Reese’s Christmas Trees).
And a valentine heart pillow project to make you smile….
….just like this one.
Here’s how to make your own.
Burlap Valentine Heart Pillow
Step 1: Cut out hearts
Cut approximately 20 hearts of different sizes out of burlap.
You may want to trace the hearts on burlap with chalk to make it easier.
Do not over think this.
If the hearts are not perfect….it’s actually better…..more authentic.
A little imperfection is so much better….and after all….this is January…..
…..we don’t want to stress ourselves out.
Step 2: Cut two squares out of burlap
I cut mine about 22” x 22” to fit a 20” pillow form.
Step 3: Pin the hearts onto the burlap
Pin the hearts onto one of the squares of the burlap.
Pin them different directions so they all fit in a random pattern.
When you are finished it should look a little something like this.
I just kept moving the hearts and the pins around until they all fit.
Step 3: Sew the hearts onto the burlap
Using white thread and a sewing machine sew the hearts onto the burlap.
Remove the pins as you go.
Step 4: Sew the two burlap squares together
Place the burlap square with the hearts wrong side up onto the other burlap square and sew three quarters of the way around….leaving a space to insert a pillow form.
Turn inside out and fill with a pillow form.
Sew remaining edge closed.
No Sew Option
So you like the project….but you don’t sew.
I understand…..I don’t cook.
(well….actually…..I cook if frozen pizza and macaroni and cheese counts)
For a no sew option simply draw on the edges of the heart with a white paint pen in a stitch pattern and glue the hearts onto the burlap.
Then thread a ribbon through the two squares of burlap and tie a bow in the corner to make a pillow.
I hope the weather is warmer where you are.
I hope your January is full of a little extra sunshine.
I hope your heart pillow turns out amazing.
But most of all…..
….I hope February gets it’s tail in gear and arrives here soon. :)
I want to give a giant shout out to Canvas Corp for inspiring me and sending me the burlap to use in this project and for selecting me to be a member of their creative team! I love this burlap….but all opinions and projects are my own. You can read my disclosure policy for more information.
And now for one more way to make January a little more fun.
- Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board.
- Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.
- Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations
- On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!
- Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations.
- One lucky party participant will walk away with $200 in DIY party products from American Crafts!
Hope to see you there!