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a week of valentines: hearts and stripes pillow diy

HeartFlagPillow11There’s nothing more difficult than choosing a suitable handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your male significant other. The two go together like fashion and mathematics. They just don’t jive. 

Each year I view this as a challenge that I am more than willing to take on. I scour the Internet in search of projects that I think my husband would enjoy receiving as a gift. Then I work my magic, and attempt to put a Valentine’s Day spin on it. A manly gift adorned with hearts? I accept! 

Pillows are something that almost everyone enjoys. Burlap pillows are even cooler. Authentic American writing and memorabilia is a guaranteed fit for any man cave. Top it off with some hidden girly additions on one side and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing gift that is strong enough for a woman but made for a man.

These are the materials required to make your own Hearts and a Stripes Pillow:

HeartFlagPillow3Authentic Potato Sack/Burlap Material 
Fiber Fill
Fabric paint
Paintbrushes
Thread
Needle
Scissors
Scrap wood

Steps:

1. Measure and cut the burlap to the desired size for a pillow. If you’re using a sack, try to leave the sewn sides in tact. This will make things much simpler in the long run!

HeartFlagPillow42. Place a scrap piece of wood underneath the side of the material that will receive the motif.

HeartFlagPillow63. Using the fabric paint and brushes, begin decorating the pillow.

4. Once you’re done that, set it aside and let it dry.

HeartFlagPillow85. After the paint has dried completely, sew the three sides of the pillow together if they are not already done so. Then stuff the pillow to the desired thickness.

6. The final step is to sew the last side together. Once you’re done that, you’ve completed the pillow!

HeartFlagPillow12HeartFlagPillow10Is this not the coolest gift ever?

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  1. Awesome!

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  2. Super cute! Nice work ;)

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  3. I love this! Thank you so much for the idea 💕

    Love,
    Darling, Desiree ❤️

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  4. Ummmm that’s my sofa. My living room. I have looked and looked overturning blankets, throw pillows and I can’t seem to find that cute little pillow as featured in today’s blog. Have you hidden it well? I WILL find it. I love it! Would look terrific on my wooden lounger at Night Owl.

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    • I had to use your sofa. We were sans one after your cat mistook the floral pattern for a real flower garden and did her business all over it.

      I’ll make you one for Night Owl. Maybe I’ll put rattlesnakes instead of stripes, and dead donkeys in place of the hearts. It’ll fit in better.

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      • I have a real live cougar prowling my property. Maybe a big cat cushion also? I loooove snakes so any type will do. Sask is so wimpy they only have lil ole garter snakes. Rattler anyday!! Check your boots when you come to stay with me.

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     /  02/09/2015

    Love this thing! Very cool design!! Can you make a bigger one for us?

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