Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day Heart Pillows

For a few weeks now, Mia has been asking to make heart pillows. I don't have any idea where this scheme originated, but she was so set on making it happen that I couldn't let Valentine's Day pass without at least trying to make them.

I got some felt squares from the craft store, traced big heart shapes onto them, and cut out the (not perfectly matched) pieces.

Then I used a big, fat needle to sew two hearts together with pink yarn. And I admit it: this was all done by yours truly. I tried to think of ways to incorporate Mia's help, but nothing seemed simple. Poking holes in the felt for her to lace the yarn through just didn't sound promising. Plus, I didn't think our hole-punch would work on felt, so I settled for Mia sitting right next to me, watching carefully.

Lauren was happy in her highchair for at least a few minutes working on a Valentine for Daddy. Or, should I say, centering her concentration on peeling the wrappings off her crayons while her princesses looked on approvingly.

Then I did find something Mia could help with on her craft: stuffing the mostly-sewn hearts with cotton balls.

Lauren was out of her chair by this time, and enjoying herself thoroughly.

After the heart was stuffed to capacity, I finished sewing the edges and tucked the knotted ends of yarn up into the cotton. Mia was quite pleased with the result. And I was quite pleased too -- I think I spent about $5 total on the supplies. (Yes, that is a real, live bicycle in my KITCHEN. No, I don't want to talk about it.)

A successful craft with zero instructions. I amaze myself.

I don't care if the hearts were absolutely simple and fool-proof; I'm still proud.


  1. I love Lauren's royal audience there! It looks like everyone had a lot of fun.

    But now I'm curious about the bicycle in your kitchen. I'm wondering if its anything like the time I had a FULL SIZED ping pong table set up in my dining room. Ah, husbands?

  2. simple and fool-proof, maybe, but also adorable!

  3. Those are adorable! You should be proud!

  4. I lOVE this craft...I'm going to go buy some felt and a big 'ol needle tomorrow. Well okay maybe not tomorrow, but they could come in handy for many other crafts I'm sure... So, I'm impressed, thanks for sharing!
    Oh and I feel ya on the bike thing-thanks to your wonderful husband, my husband now also has his bike in the house..... :P

  5. Adorable! And I will admit that we copied you and made some right after you posted your last blog. Addie was also in charge of stuffing and loved it! Thanks for the idea!

  6. Those are adorable. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and there's absolutely no need to explain the bike in the kitchen. It could be worse, at least it's not in your living room...

  7. Those are so adorable!! I have to say, I love having a 3 yr old boy, but can not wait until my baby girl is old enough to do this sort of thing!! :)

  8. These are cute. We have lots of felt, so I'm glad to have a new project idea!

  9. I think they're great ;) I'd be proud, too!

  10. They turned out great! I can't wait til Abigail is old enough to have fun with crafts! Thanks for sharing!

  11. You're a creatve genius, and I'm SO going to steal this idea!


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