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Sacred heart Valentine pillowcase

Here is what you didn’t know you needed – a sacred heart Valentine pillowcase! For su novio or for you! It’s perfect to place on your bed and brighten up your space.

What better place for a corazón pillow than your bed, right? 

(Photo by John Samora)

Here is a project from one of my books, Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter.

A Valentine pillowcase you make from scratch

The idea is to “draw” with thread on white cotton fabric, then sew it into a pillowcase, that can then be colored with markers. 

This is one of my all-time favorite projects because it is very clever (or at least I think so)!

From scratch, really? Don’t shoo me away just yet – read on, please!

Think about it – we are only sewing a rectangle. You can handle that.

Pillowcases are a fast and fun way to use up excess fabric and give your bedding some customized design. But these are not just any pillowcases – these are pillowcases that you will stitch on an outline and then color in with markers.

Supplies for the Valentine pillowcase

1 piece of white cotton fabric, 27″x40″

Iron and pressing cloth

Heart template for pillowcase

Dissolving ink pen (for sewing projects)

Piece of cardboard to go under the fabric as you color.

Broad fabric markers 


You can also check out my earlier pillowcase tutorial for more detailed directions.

You’ll start with a large piece of pre-washed white cotton fabric. Iron it smooth.

Fold it in half to the size of your pillow – a little bigger.

Use a disappearing ink pen and draw/trace your heart pattern on one side of the pillowcase (the book comes with the template of the sacred heart shown in picture).

Use a tight zig zag to stitch around the design. Think of it as a coloring book, and you are sewing on the outline. If you don’t want to machine sew, you can embroider the design.

Once you have that, color the design in with the markers. Make sure to place the cardboard under where you are coloring so it won’t bleed through underneath.

embroidered heart
If you don’t have a sewing machine, use black (or color of your choice) to make the outlines of the design.

Alternative: If you don’t have a machine, embroider the outlines!

Now fold in half and sew.

The book has much more detailed instructions, like the exact measurements and how to add a cute border cuff. You can use this technique for other kinds of fabric projects too, like toss pillows, skirts, jackets, totes, etc.


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