Sentimental Heart-Shaped Sweater Pillows
Sentimental because the sweater used belonged to my Grandma.
Heart-Shaped because of the obvious – the pillows are made in the shape of a heart.
Sweater because, of course, the pillows are made from a sweater.
And pillows because that’s what I do – I make pillows.
In the post prior to this one, I shared a tutorial on how to make a heart-shaped sachet. Those sachets were made from the same sweater as these heart-shaped pillows, the sweater that belonged to my Grandma.
I made these pillows and the sachets as gifts for my Mom and my sister.
My sister and her family and my brother came in from out-of-state at Thanksgiving instead of Christmas this past year and we celebrated Christmas then. I wanted to include these as part of the gifts at that time, but didn’t get them done in time.
It ended up being a fun gift to give my Mom on Christmas day. I sent my sister’s pillows to her in a package of other stuff I had accumulated to mail to her.
My Grandma was a quilter. Her quilting frame was always set up and usually had quilt in it that was in the process of being quilted.
To add a bit of detail and interest to the heart-shaped sweater pillows I hand-stitched a muslin heart to the center of the pillow, the stitches reminiscent of quilting.
Red top stitch thread added a pop of color.
Grandma’s stitches were nowhere near this large. She made neat, even, tiny stitches when she quilted.
I also made my Mom and my sister each a pillow with 15 hearts, shown here behind the heart-shaped pillows. 14 hand stenciled hearts and one heart cut from the sweater scraps and stitched in place.
Why 15 hearts? 15 is a pretty special number to me.
My mom’s birthday is February 15. I had my first-born in the wee hours of the morning, February 15.
4.5 years later my second daughter was born – on August 15.
Two years later, pregnant with my 3rd daughter, I was informed I would need a c-section to deliver this baby. I was due the latter part of November and we needed to set a date 2 weeks ahead of that date for surgery. I requested the 15th and my Dr. graciously obliged. The 15th didn’t fall on a day of the week he usually did scheduled surgeries but he was willing to change his schedule so I could have my baby on the date I chose.
So the number 15 had become my favorite number!
Not only does the heart-shaped pillow hold sentimental value to my Mom, sister and I, but the 15 hearts pillow has lots of meaning too. I have a couple 15 hearts pillows available in my shop. They feature red stenciled hearts and a genuine leather heart. You can see them here.
A few people have asked about this darling throw blanket with the x’s and o’s. The blanket is from Modern Burlap.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you would like to read some history about Valentine’s Day go here. It’s really quite interesting!