This pom pom faux fur heart DIY pillow was inspired by three things: my love for anthropologie-esque room decor, the current faux fur trend, and the color mint (which I am OBSESSED with at the moment). Shortly after I first had this idea, I saw that Target had heart shaped faux fur pillows (sans pom pom) for around $25. I made this pillow for $12. So not only did I save money, but I had a ton of fun adding my own unique spin on it!
Just as a heads-up before you get started, I got all of the supplies from JoAnn’s. I would highly recommend going to a JoAnn’s if you have one near you because they always have really good coupons (like 30-50% off most times). I have their app so I can access their coupons from my phone while I’m standing in line. Super easy and convenient! Again, I recommend going to JoAnn’s and also downloading their app for quick and real-time coupon access.
Ok, enough rambling–let’s get to it.
- 1 yard of cotton fabric
- fabric scissors
- 2 yards of pom pom trim
- pins and pin cushion
- 12 inch zipper
- 1 yard of faux fur
- poly-fil (20 oz. bag)
- sewing machine (optional as this can be done by hand)
Create a square by bringing the lower left corner up to the top edge. Trim off the remaining strip of fabric. You should now have two identical square pieces of fabric. (Mine measured about 22″ x 22″).
Next, you’ll cut out the heart shape. I created a template out of some spare butcher paper that I happened to have so that I knew I would be happy with the end shape. *Using a template is optional but I DO recommend it for best results.
Fold your fabric square in half and cut out your heart shape. If you’re not making a template, feel free to trace the shape with a thin marker or fabric chalk.
Be sure to leave a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Now that you have your super cute fabric heart (with a 1/2″ seam allowance), use this as your template to cut the same shape out of the faux fur. *Remember, since you already added the seam allowance to the first heart, you won’t need to add it to the faux fur heart.
Step 3 continued
Next, drape the pom pom trim around the edge of the heart to measure out how much you’ll need. IMPORTANT: Once cut to the correct length, pin it to the right side of the fabric facing inward. The right side of the fabric is the side of the fabric that you want to be on the outside of the finished project. This is very important to do correctly, otherwise you’ll have an inside out pillow!
Now, pin the two heart shape edges right side together.
Be sure to leave enough length unpinned as you will be adding the zipper.
Sew the two heart shapes together. I did a few hand stitches around the edging to better hold the pieces together. I then went around the whole edge with a sewing machine which is what I recommend but this definitely can be done by hand if that’s what you prefer or if you don’t have access to a sewing machine. *Remember to leave 12 in. unsewn for the zipper!
Beautiful! Now you should have what is essentially an empty pillow case.
Ok, now you’ll sew in your zipper. For this next step, I do apologize, I don’t have thorough directions on sewing in a zipper, however here is a great video tutorial if you aren’t quite sure how to do this.
Last, but certainly not least–it’s time to stuff your pillow! I used almost my entire bag of poly-fil but since the size of your pillow may be different, just be sure to fill until you can’t fit any more poly-fil into the casing. Once you’ve stuffed it completely full–zip it up!
That’s it, you’re done! Nice work.
While I made this DIY, I watched a show that had intrigued me since first hearing about its release. It’s a Netflix Original by the name of The OA.
If you’re a Netflix regular (like me) there’s no way you haven’t heard of this show! I’m not going to go into a ton of detail because I know I won’t do it justice, but I will give a quick summary and then what my opinion was after I had finished it. So, The OA is about a blind girl who had been missing for a handful of years mysteriously returns, and not only does she return, she returns with her sight. She enlists a group of five people (five is a very important number but of course I’m not going to tell you why) whom she then tells her story to. Each episode reveals more about her harrowing disappearance and how these five people can help her. Each episode is also filled with WTF, no! and seriously?! moments that will keep you equal parts frustrated yet intrigued and desperate to know what happens next. In the end, the viewer is left to decide whether she spoke of reality or of her own delusions.
I think what I enjoy most about this show is that the visuals and story-telling are so good, in my opinion. I was completely engulfed in each episode and binged the whole show in just a couple of days because I couldn’t wait to know what happened next. The show was a breath of fresh air because it was different. It’s definitely a show that I’ll watch again because it’s the type of show that made me think and I like that, a lot.
So far there is only 1 season, but there is high interest in a second season and even some speculation here. Don’t read it if you haven’t seen season 1 yet!
Inverse has done an exclusive interview with The OA star and creator, Brit Marling, where she explains wtf happened in Season 1 and she does indeed confirm a season 2! Yaaaaas. You can view the interview here.