Saturday, February 9, 2013

Make a French Poetry Valentine's Pillow



When I saw Days of Chalk and Chocolate's gorgeous Valentine's pillow, I had to have one.


I really liked the "love note" pillow on the right, but I loved the "oops" pillow! Why can't my oopses turn out like that?  Mine always have to go into the trash.

Checking out Jenny's instructions, it sounded pretty easy.  Of course, I had to make a few changes to make it my own.  She used red felt to make the ruffle, but I had some red cloth left over from my chevron hearts pillow and French postcard pillow that I put to use.  I also decided to stay with the French-y theme, so I chose a French love poem by one of my favorite authors, Victor Hugo.  I used Google translator to read it in English first to make sure it wasn't a sad - or even dirty - poem before I decided for sure:)

Materials I used to make this pillow:



white cotton canvas (duck) fabric
red fabric
matching thread
black Sharpie marker
hot glue
filler for pillow

As I previously stated, I first found a poem I liked.  The one I used is called Aimons Toujours! Aimons Encore! which, when translated, is Love Always! Love Still!  Couldn't have said it better myself.  Before I began to write it, however, I took an old folder (which I recycled), opened it flat, then drew straight lines across it in dark pen ( 3/4" apart) to help me write straight.



After cutting my fabric to the size I wanted (plus an extra 3/4" inch all around for sewing), I laid it on top of the folder.  I could easily see the lines through the white fabric.  Then, using the Sharpie, I wrote the poem on the fabric, moving the fabric as necessary to keep the lines under the fabric where I needed.



If you read French, don't look too closely. I made a few boo-boos, writing one word instead of another and adding an extra letter or two, but I figured most people who come to my house probably don't know French and would have no idea, so no worries.

I set it aside for a few minutes to work on the ruffle. I had to sew two pieces together to make the length I needed, then I ran a straight stitch all the way down the length of the sewn-together fabric, being sure not to backstitch. I then held onto one end of the thread while I pulled the other to ruffle the fabric, trying to evenly distribute the ruffle along the fabric. Once satisfied, I put Fray Check along both sides to keep it from fraying, let it dry, then cut off any pieces of fabric thread sticking out in order to make it look neat.



Next, I hot glued the ruffle onto the front of the hand-decorated piece of fabric and hot glued it in place. I left about 1/2" of the ruffle at the top and bottom. I flipped this piece of fabric over and put it on top of the plain white piece of fabric (the backside of the pillow) and pinned it on all four sides. I sewed it on only three sides at first, but I like to pin all four sides to help hold it in place while sewing.


Once sewed, I trimmed the extra ruffle fabric on what will now be the inside of the pillow, removed the pins, and flipped it right side out. I stuffed it, then turned a small amount of fabric (on the open side of the pillow) inward for sewing.



I pinned and sewed it closed...done! I then added it to my other Valentine pillows on the sofa.


I am really please with how all of the Valentine's Day Pinterest projects turned-out.

If you missed the DIY decorative LOVE letters, visit this post.
If you missed the "I Love You" button heart picture, go here.


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27 comments :

  1. So so cute! Recently found your blog and am enjoying it. Nominated you for the liebster award. You can find details here on my blog:
    http://www.createitgo.com/2013/02/liebster-award.html
    Thanks!

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  2. This is so gorgeous! I may need to be brave and try this. (I'm fairly new to the whole sewing thing!)
    I found you at the "Serenity Saturday" linky party. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

    ~Abby =)

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  3. OI!! SEUS PROJETOS SER MUITO BONITO.BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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    1. Thank you, Valéria. And thank you for visiting all the way from Brazil!

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  4. That pillow is so cute! I would love to have that out all year!
    Kim
    thesimplylivingblog.blogspot.com

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  5. That pillow is adorable. Maybe I should do one in Spanish :)

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  6. Just came across your blog via Handmade Tuesdays ... WOW! Nicely done!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Brenda. And you must love Chocolate as much as I do!

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  7. very fun! I love your handwriting!@ Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. I have a new button that I would LOVE for you to put somewhere on your blog if you get a chance... oh and I am hosting a week of giveaways in honor of my blog birthday. A new one up every day. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/blog-birthday-week-custom-fabric-abc.html

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    1. Thanks for visiting Emily. Happy blog birthday!

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  8. I came across your blog via http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/. This is such a great idea! I would have never thought to use my own hand writing.

    You can visit me at: cloverandmustard.blogspot.com

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  9. How amazing and gorgeous project!Love it! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. I did visit your blog, Ana, and especially loved your photos! I would so love to see Portugal in person some day. It looks beautiful. Blessings!

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  10. I found your blog over on Chef in Training. I love your pillows! Wish I knew how to ruffle I keep trying to get my mom to teach me. I hear it's actually really easy!

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    1. It is so easy, AnnMarie. If your mom can't help, do you have a friend that sews? Thanks for the kind words!

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  11. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  12. I love your pillows, and I'm pinning this!!! I wish I knew french!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://www.usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/02/submarine-sunday-18.html

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  13. Very Cute! I really like this idea - it may have to appear in my upcoming bedroom makeover.

    I'd love if you linked up to my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-13.html

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  14. This is so great!!! I love all of the other pillows too!

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  15. just gorgeous!!! Thanks for linking to tasteful Tuesdays.. you are being featured at this weeks party which opens monday night. I would love for you to grab a featured button from my side bar and put it on this post :o) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/winners-and-tasteful-tuesday-party.html

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    1. Wow, Emily. Thanks so much!!! Grabbing the button now.

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