How to Make a Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Pillow for Your Pet

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Say Happy Valentines Day to the pup in your life with these easy toys, a stuffed Conversation Heart and Polarfleece tennis ball comet.
Pin the heart pattern onto the pink Polarfleece.
Paint the conversation onto your heart. 
Say Happy Valentines Day to the pup in your life with these easy toys, a stuffed Conversation Heart and Polarfleece tennis ball comet.

Say "Happy Valentine's Day" to the pup in your life with these easy toys, a stuffed Conversation Heart and Polarfleece tennis ball comet.

Photo: Erika Kern

DIY Valentine Dog Toy Gift Set

I'm so excited because I have a Valentine! Well, sort of. I do have someone in my life who loves me unconditionally--my beloved dog. And so, I decided that this year she would be my Valentine. Although she may not give me a Valentine's Day gift, I wanted to show my love for her by making her some unique toys. To celebrate Valentine's Day, I created a heart-shaped pillow inspired by the "Conversation Heart" candy and a cute matching tennis ball toy that resembles a comet. 

Supplies Needed to Make the Dog Toys:

Conversation Heart Pillow

  • Pink Polarfleece
  • Pencil and paper
  • Pins
  • Red fabric paint and brush
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing
  • Squeaker (optional)
  • Needle

Tennis Ball Comet

  • Polarfleece
  • Straightedge, rotary cutting tool, and mat
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Tennis ball

How to Make the Heart-shaped Pillow

To make the conversation heart, start with a paper and pencil and make your heart pattern. You can make yours any size; I made mine 12 inches by 9-1/2 inches.

valentine's pet gift   Pin the heart pattern onto the pink Polarfleece.

Cut out your two fleece hearts. Decide what you want your conversation heart to say. I went with "puppy luv" but you could go with any of the fun conversation heart phrases. I used Jacquard Textile Paint to paint my heart. I really like the pigment and texture of this paint, but you can use whatever paint you find, just make sure it's washable fabric paint.

valentine's pet gift   Paint the conversation onto your heart. 

Let your paint dry. 

While your paint dries, measure along one side of your heart, from the dip to the point. Add 1 inch. Use this measurement by 3 inches wide to cut two side pieces for your heart. My sides measured 20 inches by 3 inches.

valentine's pet gift   The front, back, and sides of the heart.
valentine's pet gift   Pin one side onto the front of your heart, then sew it down using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other side. Sew the sides together at the top (the dip of the heart) and at the bottom (the point of the heart).

 

 

valentine's pet gift   The sides sewn onto the front of your heart.

Pin the back of the heart onto the sides.

valentine's pet gift   Sew the back of your heart onto the sides using a 3/8-inch seam allowance, leaving a 2-inch hole.

 

 

Turn your heart right side out.

valentine's pet gift   Once your heart is turned right side out, stuff it with poly-fil. Add a squeaker if you'd like.

 

 

valentine's pet gift   Sew up the hole by hand, making several passes to secure the stuffing.

 

 

Fluff the stuffing of your pillow, and it's ready for your puppy love! Now for the comet!

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Comments (7)

RobberStokery writes: Best of the Best, really well said

Posted: 1:16 am on August 24th
Januk writes: What a very clever idea
Posted: 11:05 am on August 21st
EchoLin writes: looks easy, i want to make one for myself.
Posted: 4:35 am on March 6th
Nodan writes: It's cute and sweet, but maybe it is a little difficult for me, because I am not good at needle work.
Posted: 2:39 am on February 20th
Robanna writes: This would be good for kitty lovers too. Just write "Kitty Luv" Great Idea!
Posted: 12:14 pm on February 10th
erika_kern writes: Nope, just painted it freehand in block letters.
Posted: 9:35 pm on February 11th
Not_So_Plain_Jane writes: Just great. Did you use a stencil for the Puppy Luv letters? It looks just like the conversation hearts font. Thank you for another super idea!
Posted: 4:57 pm on February 11th
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