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Fun Valentine Gifts to Give (and Receive!)

Fun Valentine Gifts – Heart Pillow & More!

Giving Valentine gifts is a nice way to say “I love you” to your sewing friends! Here are ideas of things to make or buy that are sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces.


Valentine Heart Pillow

This pillow was made using the free paper pieced heart templates from our Paper Pieced Heart Quilt pattern. I reduced the file size by 30% and then printed both the plain heart and the paper pieced heart onto Sulky Paper Solvy.

Paper piece one heart using several fabric scraps, and then create the plain heart using a coordinating fabric. Stitch the heart perimeter with right sides facing and a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ opening along one straight edge for turning. Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

pinked edges of valentine heart pillow

Turn the pillow right side out through the opening. Press, turning the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side.

press valentine gift heart pillow

Stuff with fiberfill until taut.

stuff valentine gift pillow

Hand sew the opening closed.

This pillow has several uses, depending on the recipient. Gift it to a little one for a doll bed. Insert a few cute pins and gift it to a sewing buddy. It’s also the perfect size for a recovering mastectomy patient to wear after surgery!

For an additional gift, who doesn’t LOVE sewing-themed jewelry? It really tells your story and almost always sparks a conversation! A necklace is a great Valentine gift for sewing friends–gift each one of your besties the same one or choose from a variety now available at sulky.com.

valentine gift sewing coin necklace

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of lovely little gifties like these Valentine gifts!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!

2 Comments

  • zoe

    I notice you say the heart pattern is reduced by 30%, does this mean it needs to be enlarged to be used for a breast cancer pillow?

    • Ellen March

      Nope! For the pincushion and pillow it was reduced by 30%. The full-size heart is featured in our Paper Pieced Heart Quilt pattern.

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