Valentine’s Pillows

I am knee-deep in New Year’s Eve party preparations, and yet I totally have Valentine’s Day on the brain.  Every spare minute I’ve had for the past two days has been spent making heart-themed pillows for the bench in our upstairs hallway.

It all started while going through Little Cutie’s closet and discovering two sweaters that were favorites of mine are officially way too small {I’m putting in my formal request here and now that she please slow down her constant growth in the new year}.  So I turned them into little throw pillows.  Now I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth since both Cuties wore these for two years each, and the black and white striped one was a couple of dollars on the clearance rack at Gymboree and the hot pink one was from the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale for $15!

After I made those, Big Cutie and I sorted through my large ribbon scrap jar and pulled out all the red and pink pieces.  We played around with them for a bit and came up with this design and I simply sewed them down {I realize that one wide red ribbon is a bit wonky, but I’m going to try and stop thinking about it ever 2.3 seconds and deal}.  I did follow an online tutorial and made my first ever envelope flap pillow cover so I can store this easily and use the insert for other occasions {the fact that I just figured this out now at almost 40 should tell you what a novice sewer I truly am!}.

Since I was in a “using up” kind of mood, I remembered that my last large bag of rhinestones came with a ridiculously high number of red ones so I came up with the idea to make a heart out of different colored and sized rhinestones.  First, I just cut a heart out of a piece of cardstock and pinned it to my piece of felt.

Then I just glue gunned rhinestones inside the heart template until it was filled in and then sewed up the cover.

And the last pillow was just a basic applique from letters I printed off my laptop.  With a crooked ‘e.’ WAAAAHH. I carefully pinned each letter to the fabric and sewed nice and slowly, however inbetween each letter, I kept running back and forth to the kitchen where Cute Husband and The Cuties were making donuts.  Somewhere between all that careful pinning and donut sampling the ‘e’ slipped I guess.  But I’m leaving it.  It’s not something I’m selling in my shop and it’s not a gift for someone else.  It’s a lousy Valentine’s Day decoration and it’s just going to have to be good enough {doesn’t that sound like a Saturday Night Live Stuart Smalley segment?}.

And finally, here’s all of them together as a happy little family.  Fun fact:  the puppy keeps stealing the sweater pillows.  She must still smell Little Cutie on them.


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126 Responses to Valentine’s Pillows

  1. Anna says:

    Love it! You could make a little heart or a B and put it in the corner by the E? So that it distracts the eye from the booboo?? maybe?? Love the bench, where is it from? I’m looking for something for my entryway. Doubt that would fit, but I love it ! 😦

  2. feltsocute says:

    The bench is from Ballard Designs a few years ago.

  3. These are SO cute! What a fun way to decorate for the holiday!! Love the mix of pattern and texture.

  4. Erika Martin says:

    Those are so stinkin’ cute! My daughter is into making pillows out of felt lately so I’ll have to show this to her.

    The way my kids wear their clothes, though, there’d be no way I’d be able to make a cute pillow out of any of their sweaters. Their clothes are fit for no more than rags by the time they grow out of them. They play hard!

  5. Crystal says:

    Adorable!!!!! Love those pillows. Now that’s creative!

  6. Kim says:

    Those are so cute, and the colors are just so vivid. Nice job!

  7. I adore the bling one and the Love one. SUPER CUTE! Please come by CraftOManiac this evening around 6:00 and link these up to my Link Party. Have a great day. Jen

  8. Cassie says:

    those are all adorable! i especially love the rhinestones one- awesome!

  9. Shelia says:

    What cute pillows you’ve made! I like them all!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. Jacqueline says:

    You have a great eye. I love the combinations here. I can’t believe its time to already think about Valentines day. 🙂

  11. gena says:

    oooooh, I LOVE them ! Hmmm, I’ll be going through my sweaters with a new eye….

    thanks for sharing,

  12. Nancy says:

    Love the use of trims!

  13. Melissa says:

    Love this!! I am trying to follow you but can figure out how =(

    Simple As 1-2-3

  14. jennoreilly says:

    what a great way to reuse the sweaters from your kids! I think they turned out just lovely and look fabulous on your bench, well done!

  15. These are soooooooo cute. I have to make some for myself. When I took down christmas, valentines went up, but I do not have any pillows. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Tracy Burns says:

    Super-cute pillows! And I like the “e” crooked, it adds character! Also love the idea of repurposing your kids clothes. I cut up all my kids baby clothes to make a quilt but I still didn’t get to it and the youngest is in college…

  17. OH.MY.GOODNESS! Those could NOT be any cuter! LOVE!! Seriously. LOVE!!

  18. Carrie says:

    Flat-out fabulous!

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  19. Stephenie says:

    Love these! They are so adorable! I love that you used your daughter’s sweaters too – very resourceful!

  20. Krista says:

    These turned out soo cute! I’d love for you to come add this to my Love Link Party. Thanks for sharing!


  21. Tracey says:

    I stumbled upon your blog and just could not stop reading… Your house is beautiful and I love your decorating. Can’t wait to bookmark your blog.

  22. feltsocute says:

    Aw thank you {I’m blushing!}. Welcome ~ glad to have you!

  23. sherri says:

    These are awesome!

  24. mary says:

    Your Valentines pillows are adorable! I would love it if you would come and link up to my new link party,
    Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up, I hope you can join the party!
    Happy New Year!

  25. sunshine says:

    I love the pillows! They are so adorable and cute. I hope someone gives me that for Valentine’s day. How I wish I can be that creative!

  26. Adorable!!! I need to get on the ball with Valentines pillows now! From one holiday to the next!

  27. Lisa says:

    Love these! (Pun intended) These are gorgeous! Love how every one of them is a little different and has its own personality!

  28. Kathleen says:

    These are just adorable. You have my “creative juices” flowing…can’t wait to see what supplies I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. I featured this today on my blog – todays top 20! I’d love for you to stop by! 🙂


  30. Elizabeth says:

    These are so cute! I don’t own one Valentine’s Day Decoration. I think I may just have to whip up a few pillows for the couch! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. I host every week. I am leaving the party open longer this week so that people can link up multiple projects if they wish to. Hope to see you there!

  31. I love the love pillow hehe! How cute!

  32. These are AMAZING! Wonderful job!

  33. Cute, cute pillows. I am going to copy and make some for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  34. mary says:

    Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you’ll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

  35. For a novic, I think these look quite professional!! Well done…love the assortment

  36. These are fantastic!!!! great job! =)

  37. Ah, sew cute! Can you make a few more and send them my way? I love the heart made from that cute sweater. Such a great idea, just wish I sewed!


  38. These are crazy cute! I hope you’ll come link them up at the craft catwalk today!

  39. Liz Taylor says:

    These look great! I’m so inspired!

  40. Amnah says:

    Oh my goodness, how adorable! I love the sweater ones! Actually I love all of them. Okay, I’m going to go make some pillows.

  41. angie says:

    saw these on hopestudios and ADORE them! they are going on my to do list immediately 🙂

  42. maleahbliss says:

    Nice job!! Crooked ‘e’ and all. I haven’t gathered the courage to try lettering on anything yet!

    I’d love for you to link this up to my linky party!

  43. Leslie says:

    Those are all adorable! I love them all. Thanks for the inspiration and you should link them up to my party tomorrow over at

  44. Megan says:

    I think the grouping is totally adorable. So much so that I wish I had a little black bench in my house to pile high with all the cute red and pink. As for the “wonky” ribbon and letter, maybe you could add an additional detail on top of the ribbon (or like you said, try not to worry – I wouldn’t!). And for the letter, I some times make things crooked so that I don’t have try to keep everything straight and pretty. I like ’em both and would easily put them in my house. I need to learn how to sew better so I can TRY these! 🙂 I think my daughter would love ’em too.

  45. Melissa says:

    Hi!! This is way cute!! I am highlighting you on my top 10 V-day crafts thus far!

    SIMPLE AS 1-2-3

  46. larsinnh says:

    Very cute! Love the colors.

  47. Monica says:

    so adorable!!!

  48. Katie says:

    These make such a lovely grouping and I love that you used what you had onhand.

  49. Marvin says:

    Very cute – I tweeted your post.

  50. Jo-Anna says:

    These are great! So creative

  51. jacque says:

    I’m sharing these cute pillows on my blog today!

  52. amanda says:

    Cutest post EVER! I want those pillows for my home:]
    Your blog is super cute and so we have chosen you for an award!
    To accept just visit our page for the rules and award button.
    Thanks for sharing such adorable crafts!
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  53. I love your pillows! How festive!

  54. Everyday Art says:

    Now that is a cute pillow arrangement. I love all the variety of textures too. I recently made some nice tan, cream, and brown “up-cycled” sweater pillows that looked all cozy, but I like how this bright pink one looks–much more pizazz. 🙂 all are super cute together. We’re your newest follower!

  55. Alisha this is fantastic! Thanks for linking! I’ll be featuring this tutorial on BCD on Jan. 20th! Thanks for sharing!

  56. feltsocute says:

    Thanks so much, Becca!

  57. Stacy says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!! I want all of them ( and your bench). I {heart} Valentines Day. These are so great! I am going to feature them tomorrow. Thanks for linking them up.

  58. mmbcreations says:

    More ideas for me to copy. I will be going through my scrapes.

  59. Kristen says:

    These are so so so precious!! If you have a chance come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings next week!

  60. So, so cute! I’m sharing them on my blog. Thanks!


  61. These are quite possibly the cutest things I’ve ever seen – WOW! Adorable!

  62. leeanne says:

    I love, love, love all the pillows and am copying every one! And I am going to make the “e” crooked! I thought you did it on purpose! I would not have noticed the “wonky” ribbon if you had not pointed it out! Super cute!!!

  63. Sue says:

    I love your pillows, especially all together! Thanks for the inspiration!

  64. Kerri says:

    Found you on Show and Tell at My Romantic Home. I absolutely LOVE these whimsical cushions. You’ve inspired me to dust off my sewing machine, and upcycle the many Gymboree sweaters in my DD’s closet! Great job!

  65. Janelle says:

    Love these! I was kind of looking for some Valentine’s pillows while out and about today and yours are SO MUCH cuter than anything else I saw (and thankfully didn’t buy) and if you hadn’t said anything, I would have thought that the “e” was crooked on purpose! Thanks for the heart-felt (yeah – go ahead and groan ’cause I meant that pun) inspiration!

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  67. I am in love!! Can’t wait to try these… I featured you on my blog today! Come grab a button if you’d like!

  68. Julie says:

    These are great! I love the heart pillow with the rhinestones.

  69. Marie says:

    What a fun bench of pillows. That bejeweled is darling. I’d love to have you submit this to the M&T Spotlight:

  70. feltsocute says:

    Marie ~ I’ve tried before as I LOVE your website, and can’t get my project to upload! Any help would be appreciated.

  71. Susan says:

    Your valentine pillows are so pretty! The crooked E gives the pillow character!

  72. Meg says:

    It’s definitely good enough! The “e” gives it character and whimsy. I think you totally meant to do it. 😉 And donuts—how could you not supervise those? I would help taste-test, personally. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations! Did you enter my “our nest” sign giveaway? I hope you can!

  73. malia says:

    ok these are fabulous… every single one! and the “e” is charming. thanks for linking up at a crafty soiree! malia

  74. Fabulous!! The rhinestones are my fave. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with me. I hope you’ll come back to visit again soon!

  75. Larissa says:

    I Love some good valentine’s day pillows. I will have to use a couple of your ideas to add to my addiction.

  76. Hi! we have featured your project. I hope you could grab our feature button when you have time! Can’t wait what you have for this week! ^^)


  78. Audrey says:

    Love them! I saw this on craftomaniac’s Monday blog and went that afternoon to Joann’s and bought things I needed to make them. I also made some “wintry” ones from white and blue felt to use for January first. That way I can display those while I make the V-day ones next. Thanks for the idea! can’t wait to see what is next!

  79. I have to just say, I LOVE THESE PILLOWS! And all your little ‘mistakes’ makes them that much better!!!! I just came across your picture that was posted @ {my little lovely blog}. I’m so glad I found this post…it definitely has put V-day on my mind! Please come on over and check out my Interior Design & Decor website, SAS Interiors @

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  80. Rebecca R. says:

    I absolutely love the pillows, especially the pillow with the supposedly crooked “e”. If you hadn’t said it was a mistake I would’ve thought you were making a statement. Like that even though love isn’t always perfect it’s worth it. It’s quirky and cute and fabulous! Great job!!!! And now I’m dying to make pillows tomorrow.

  81. These are amazing! I think this is one of your best projects to date! Thanks so much for linking on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you and look forward to seeing you again!

  82. Way to upcycle Lil Cutie’s old sweaters…

    These are stunning.

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday!


  83. These are beautiful! Hope you’ll link up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~ for a chance to win a free prize!

  84. I’m so glad you shared these at the craft catwalk! I hope to see more of your creativity!

  85. Very cute!! I like that you also have a “keepsake” from your girls’ toddler years.

  86. I LURVE these! I am NOT a sewer, but surely I could do a square!!! I would like to repost on my blog if you dont mind! I will link back to you! 🙂 Let me know, thanks!!!

  87. feltsocute says:

    I’m a VERY beginner sewer, so if I can do these, ANYONE can, I promise ~ give it a try! And feel free to repost {and I’d love to see what you come up with! :)}

  88. Rebecca says:

    I love your pillows! so adorable! Your light pink pillow with trim is similar to one I just did I tutorial on too. Loving it!

  89. maleahbliss says:

    All of these are so, so beautiful! I have some sweaters laying around that will be getting similar treatments soon! (I love the sweater pillows! and the love one!!) Thanks so much for linking up last week! I hope you’ll stop by again today! 🙂 I’ll be posting features soon…

  90. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration for my next sewing project!!!! 🙂

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  93. Leslie says:

    I have been so inspired by these cute pillows that I went to the thrift store to get some sweaters to make my own. I featured these over at Hoo’s got talent. Thanks for linking up to the party!

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  95. Gay Vaughan says:

    Wanted to let you know that I featured your pillows on my wrap-up! Thanks for sharing.

  96. Sew Woodsy says:

    OMG! These are the cutest pillow’s I’ve ever scene!!! I absolutely LOVE them! You’ve inspired me to want to make some!

  97. tracy O says:

    I love those! I have an old church pew in my mudroom and have always wanted to fill it with seasonal pillows…guess I should learn how to use my sewing machine. Thanks for the inspiration, I will put these in the “learn how to sew in order to make these” file.

  98. Actually, the crooked “e” looks just right. Love is often a little crooked in the end.

  99. Lori says:

    These are SO very cute! I love the crooked little “e”! I thought you did that on purpose to give it a modern little punch!

  100. I LOVE your crooked ‘e’! I think it adds character and real life to your sweet bench. Thanks for sharing your brilliance!

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  102. Condo Blues says:

    I like the bright fun colors you used for your pillows. I wouldn’t worry about the E on the the love pillow. Love isn’t always perfect but it’s still awesome. So’s your pillow.

  103. ashley says:

    Did you buy pre-made pillows? If not, what did you stuff them with, and did you just cover the ones w/rinestones, letters, etc in felt?

    Can’t WAIT to do this w/my little boy’s clothes that are too small!!

  104. feltsocute says:

    Some were craft store pillow forms and some I just used poly fill. All of them are made with either recycled sweaters or felt off the bolt.

  105. love them!!
    and I love the “e” askew.. hand crafted isn’t supposed to look factory made 😀

  106. Emily Call says:

    I love all of these pillows. They are so much fun.

  107. So cute! I’m attempting my first envelope pillow cover today. I think I’ll be more inclined to decorate with pillows if they have cute removable covers I can switch out.

  108. I love how you used scraps and repurposed sweaters to make these pillows. They are all adorable and very creative!

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  113. Jennifer says:

    OMy Stars these are amazing! Thank you for sharing, I even may be able to make one with my little sewing know-how! Love your blog, new follower!
    ~Jen @

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  115. Sue says:

    I cannot live without these pillows! I just submitted this to the M&T Spotlight

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    a good article and thus I really was indeed quite happy to discover the article.
    I appreciate it,Francesca

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