Make Your Own Sweet Secrets Pillow in 20 Simple Steps

If you are someone who loves making handmade gifts, this pillow will become an instant favourite. Receiving a toothfairy pillow is a right of passage... the type of gift that ends up in a hope chest to one day be passed down. You can whip this guy up in under an hour! Sweet Secrets PDF Pattern

Step 1

Just like Yoga, start at heart center. Gather your (2) large "heart" rectangles and (4) background 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.

Step 2

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all squares from corner to corner. Place (4) background 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares on the top left and right corners of each large heart rectangle. Sew along the line, then cut 1/4" away from the lines.

Step 3

Press seams in opposite directions, then sew the left and right halves of the heart together.

Step 4

Create the pocket using the 1 at a time Flying Geese Method.

Step 5

Draw a line from corner to corner on the back of a background square and sew along the line. Cut 1/4" away from the line and press open.

Step 6

Repeat on other side. Select fabric for the backing of the pocket.

Step 7

With RST, sew a 1/4" seam along the top.

Step 8

Press open.

Step 9

Fold backing over and press. 

Step 10

Topstitch 1/4" from the top of the pocket.

Step 11

Place flying geese unit along bottom of heart unit.

Step 12

Tack down, stitching layers together 1/8" from the edge.

Step 13

Now you can see the pocket taking shape!

Step 14

Create smaller hearts (no pockets on these ones).

Step 15

Lay out your hearts with background pieces & sew each unit together.

Step 16

Pillow backing: fold one short edge under 1/2" and press. Repeat and fold under another 1/2". Press. Topstitch 1/4" from edge to finish.

Step 17

With RST, place pillow backing on one side, lining up the edges. Pin in place.

Step 18

Repeat with second backing rectangle on the opposite side. Sew 1/4" around the entire perimeter of the pillow, backstitching at the end.

Step 19

Turn pillow right side out and press. Topstitch 1/4" around the perimeter to finish it off.

Step 20

Now you're ready to add the pillow! The trick here, is to squish the pillow like an accordian into a ball, then let it spring open inside the pillow cover.

This pillow cover is a perfect fit for IKEA'S Vendla 12 x 24" lumbar pillow form.


This pillow goes perfectly with our Warm Heart Quilt. (And did you spot the sherpa backing? It was the closest thing I could find to mimic a rabbit's tail...)

Happy Quilting

I hope you enjoyed this Peter Rabbit trip down memory lane! It's a fun collection to sew with, and there are so many opportunities to add your own creative touches using the panels from The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Pair your finished quilt with a stuffy and copy of one of Beatrix Potter's masterpieces and you have the perfect gift. Get the free pattern HERE. Happy sewing!

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