January 31, 2013

Heart Pocket Pillows & Treat Bags (Two Projects, One Pattern!)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to round up some fun craft ideas for the day of love and get to work. Today’s free sewing pattern will enable you to make two fun valentine projects: a heart pocket pillow and a heart-shaped treat bag. Either one is sure to be a hit with your sweetheart!

To begin, download and print the free Heart Pocket Pillow/Treat Bag Pattern.

Next, decide if you want to make a pillow or a treat bag. Or one of each! Here are the supply lists for each one:

For the Pillow:

  • Fabric scraps in assorted colors and patterns
  • 1/2″-wide maxi piping, about 7″
  • Fiberfill
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.
  • Recommended: zipper and/or piping foot

For the Treat Bag:

  • All of the supplies listed for the pillow, plus:
  • Decor Bond (a heavy fusible interfacing)
  • Cording and/or ribbon
  • Bracelet or chain, for the handle (I used a bracelet from Styled by Tori Spelling)

For both the pillow and the treat bag, begin by cutting out all of your fabric pieces. You will need 2 heart pieces and 2 pocket pieces for each pillow/bag. If making a bag, you will also need 1 heart piece cut from the Decor Bond. Make sure as you cut to make a notch or a mark at the top center of the pocket pieces (designated on the pattern with a black triangle) to ensure you know which is the top edge of each.

If you are making a treat bag, fuse the Decor Bond to the heart piece that will be on the front of your bag. Set this piece aside for now.

Lay one of the pocket pieces face up on your work surface, and align the raw edge of the piping with the top edge. Pin.

Using a zipper foot (pictured below) baste the piping to the pocket, stitching about 1/8″ or so from the piping. You can complete this step with a regular foot, but using the zipper foot will prevent the piping from getting in the way as you stitch.

Brother Zipper Foot

Lay the piping/pocket piece face up on your work surface, and place the other pocket piece on top, face down, so that the right sides of each piece are facing. Pin.

To sew both pocket layers together, you can use your zipper foot to stitch as closely to the piping as possible. However, I recommend using what is known as a piping foot (pictured below) for the most professional results. As you can see, a piping foot has a groove on the bottom that the piping is guided through as you sew. It honestly makes sewing piping even easier than sewing a regular seam!

Creative Feet Piping Foot

Regardless of which foot you choose, stitch the front and back pocket pieces together along their top edges. Fold the piece over at this seam, so that the pocket is now right-side out; press.

Lay one of your heart pieces face up on your work surface and place the completed pocket piece on top, lining them up at their bottom points. Baste these pieces together 1/8″ from the edge, as shown.

If you are making a treat bag (or if you would like your pillow to have a handle), baste two 2.5″ loops of cording to the top curves of the heart, as shown. Note: If you prefer, you can also make a ribbon handle with a 6-7″ piece of ribbon. 

Place the remaining heart piece on top of the heart/pocket piece, right sides facing, lining up all of the raw edges. Pin. Stitch through all layers with a 1/4″ seam allowance around the perimeter of your heart, leaving a 2-inch opening along the left side, as shown. Be sure to back-tack at the beginning and end of your stitching.

Trim away any excess piping, and clip the top curves and trim the bottom point, as shown.

Turn the assembled heart right-side out, paying special attention to the top curves and the bottom point. Press.

Note: The above steps are the same regardless of whether you are making a pillow or a treat bag. Below you’ll find the separate instructions for how to finish each project.

If you are making a pillow, stuff the piece with fiberfill and stitch the opening closed by hand. You are finished!

Pocket Heart Pillow

If you are making a treat bag, simply stitch around the entire perimeter of the heart, closing the opening as you go. Press. Attach a pretty bracelet, chain, or a piece ribbon to the cording loops at the top of the bag to finish. I attached a pearl bracelet from Styled by Tori Spelling Glitz line to mine. So pretty!

One Pattern…Two Variations!

 Pretty Pocket Pillows…

(Perfect for tucking away little love notes for your sweetheart.)

…and Darling Heart Treat Bags!

(Just right for stowing away any gift or goody.) 

I can’t decide which I love more, but since each option is so easy to make, I guess I don’t have to! 🙂

Happy sewing, everyone! Thanks for stopping in.

This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Styled by Tori Spelling and Darice. Rest assured that I am dedicated to sharing only products that I feel my readers will benefit from and enjoy, and all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

Linking this to Tatertots and Jello

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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12 Responses to Heart Pocket Pillows & Treat Bags (Two Projects, One Pattern!)

  1. Kara January 31, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    These are adorable Amy! Love how you used the bracelet as the hanger. You are so clever! 🙂

  2. Crystal January 31, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Absolutely adorable!!! I love the colors and pattern. My favorite would be the one with the pocket. Love it!!

  3. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} January 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    So super cute Amy! I love them!

  4. Emily January 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    This is cute, and I like the versatility of the pattern. You could hang several in a row and make a garland!

  5. Jeanette February 3, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Love this idea and I’m always drawn to black white and red.
    I’m having a Valentine link party going on now and would love you to link up.

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  6. Beckie February 4, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    This is such an inspiring craft for Valentines Amy!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 4, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks so much, Beckie!

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