Sunday, February 2, 2020

Lumbar Valentine Pillow With Crafter's Edge LOVE Die

February is the month of showing the ones we love how much we care.
A Valentine lumbar pillow would make an excellent gift for someone with a bad back,
 especially with the word "LOVE" on the front to remind them that you care.

It's so easy to make using the Crafter's Edge "LOVE" fabric die!

The cutting edges are not sharp!

Pillow size: 12" x 20"

Supplies used:

Oliso Mini Project Iron - This iron is great for projects like this!
Aurifil Thread
Four fat quarters - one white, one pink check, one solid pink
12" x 20" lumbar pillow form

Cutting instructions:

Cut 1 - 7" x 15" white, center block
Cut 1 - 7" x 15" interfacing
Cut 2 - 4" x 7" check fabric, border
Cut 2 - 4" x 21" check fabric, border
Cut 2 - 13" x 13", pink, back

Sewing/applique instructions: seams are sewn at 1/2"

*Tip: Use a heat resistant applique sheet to arrange your applique before applying it to your fabric. This helps avoid mistakes in placement. Just lightly press the pieces in place on the applique sheet and let cool before removing. Iron on right side of fabric following manufacturer’s directions.

*Tip: Ironing Heat n Bond Fusible Interfacing to the back of an applique block can help keep the threads from showing through fabric and make stitching small pieces easier.

Step 1: Center Block applique - Prepare the applique patterns using iron-on adhesive; follow package directions. Iron adhesive pieces to wrong side of fabrics following package directions. 

Step 2: Cut out applique pieces with the iron-on adhesive's protective paper facing up. That way the design will be facing the right direction when you iron it on your fabric.

Step 3: Peel off paper liner from the backs of applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool.Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.

Step 4: Border - With right sides together, sew a 4" x 7" check fabric strip to each side of center block. Press seams towards border. With right sides together, sew 4" x 21" check fabric strip to top and bottom of center block.

Step 5: Pillow Back - Fold under 1/4" on one side of each 13" x 13" pink square and press. Fold again and press.

Step 6: Sew along edge.

Step 7: Place right side of front pillow facing up. Place right sides of hemmed pillow backing face down on front pillow. 

Step 8: Line up outside edges with hemmed edges overlapping. Pin to hold in place. Sew around all outside edges with a 1/2" seam.  

Step 9: Double stitch at folds. Clip corners. Turn inside out; press edges.

Step 10: Place a pillow form inside and you're ready to gift it to someone you love!

Happy Valentine month!


  1. What a cute pillow. I love those dies. So thin and easy to store!

  2. That's a great Valentine. Can it be used only with the Crafter's Edge machine, do you know?

  3. Your cutter really made beautiful lettering for your wonderful pillow! I am suddenly getting a little into pillows. They look so great around the house.

    I am in the Color it Red blog hop. Will you be emailing the link list to us? I want to get my post ready early and then schedule it. I am excited to participate!

  4. Carol I "love" that pillow and die. I don't own any die cut machines though.

  5. Aren’t you the clever one?!? Such a great idea followed by a terrific tire. Thx!

  6. I can't afford a die cut machine. Will there be a regular template for those of us on a fixed income? Pretty pillow. Thanks

  7. Decided to finally write after downloading the St. Patrick's Day runner. I do not have any type of machine to use die cutters, I really adore this LOVE pillow but for those of us that do not have machines could you please pdf or add to your tutorial the correct shape we are to use? Maybe you could just post a full size copy the die you are using? This is getting frustrating since those who were sent accu-quilt machines for free from a fabric company do not always consider those of us who did not get one. Some designers do also give an alternative pattern for us to copy and that is so appreciated. Thanks for listening for I know I am not alone thinking this way. I'm including my email since I don't know if I am a no response person or not. Thanks again.


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