All My Love: Tutorial & Giveaway compliments of Jen Osborn

When Kristy asked me if I’d like to do a TUTORIAL and GIVEAWAY on, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it something extra special for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve read me before, you know I love holidays and VDay in particular. Every year I love doing little special somethings for my friends in honor of this Day of Love, and this year is no different. So, I came up with this pretty spiffy log cabin heart pillowcase to share with ALL of you, along with some nifty swag for one lucky reader:

+ a copy of Mixed and Stitched: fabric inspirations and how to’s for the mixed media artist
+ fabric & zipper kit to make the ALL MY LOVE pillowcase
+ a bundle of my died fabric from my Mixed and Stitched photoshoot
+ Pocketful of Love, the Valentine I created for my book

All you have to do to win is leave a comment at the end of this post. Kristy will choose one winner at random on THURSDAY, March 1!

This is a fairly simple pattern to follow in that it’s very repetitive. You’re going to start with a small center square and then just continue to add strips until you have an 18 inch square. Here’s everything you’ll need to complete the pillowcase:


• 6 red/white pieces of fabric cuts into 7 3/4 x 2 inch strips
• linen or osnaburg
• a couple Fat Quarters in shades of red
• strip of dark burlap – 18 x 3 inches
• 18 inch zipper
• red/white variegated thread
• ribbon or vintage lace
• sewing machine
• iron
• scissors
• 18 inch pillowform – I like bamboo
• lots of love

Okay, so you’ve gathered all your supplies, and are ready to get started. The front of the pillow follows these five basic steps using scraps and strips you have lying around. My general rule is about two inches wide by whatever:

1. Sew 2 pieces right-sides together along the righthand side.

2. Trim.

3. Open & iron towards the darker side.

4. Straight stitch the top of your seam down.

REPEAT turning counter clockwise.

When you have an 8 inch square (about 9 strips around), it’s time to start adding in the linen bits to create the heart shape. This is where you start using those 7 3/4 inch strips; you will need three on the top and three on the left to create the heart shape.

You’re going to add the linen onto either one end of the red/white strip or both, depending on where you are in the pattern. Simply do the same repeat as above. When you are ready to attach your linen/fabric strips, line up the seams where you overstitched matching them right sides together. I know that seems a little bit vague, but trust me when I say you will totally see where/how/how big you need to make your linen pieces when the time comes. (It is better to have a bit too much linen on the ends so you can line up your seams and trim to size.)

You are going to attach linen only strips on the bottom, and left side of your log cabin.

Here’s the template I created using Photoshop to help me map out where I needed to add the smaller pieces of linen to the end(s) of my 7 3/4 inch red/white strips:

I have a sneaky little trick for hiding places where I may not of lined up my seams exactly right or where I came up short with my 7 3/4 inch strips. Cut a small piece of ribbon or trim, and lay it on top of your patchwork so that your sides are even. Using a zig zag stitch set to 1, sew all the way around the trim so it won’t fray. When you get to where you started, tie a small knot in the ends so it doesn’t unravel.

Here’s the what the heart will start to look like as you continue to add strips on the left, and when you get to 18 inches on the right. You can see that I didn’t need to go around as many times as my PS template shows above, but better safe than sorry. (If you want to make a pillowcase that is bigger than 18 inches you just continue adding strips until you get the right size.)











I like to create a completely different design on the back of my pillowcases so I can turn them around if I get bored with the front. Generally, I create something kinda fancy shmancy for the front, and then go very understated on the back. The easiest way to do this is by simply using multiple strips of fabric in co-ordinating patterns/colors.

What transforms a few simple seams into something textural and amazing is extremely simple: overstitching using decorative stitches and trim/ribbon. It’s really that simple. So, here’s how you can recreate the back of my pillowcase. Start with an 18 x 5 inch strip of red print fabric (roughly 1/3 of a Fat Quarter). Take one of the lighter, long leftover strips from the log cabin part of the pattern and lay it along the left side of your red print, right-sides together. Sew using the straight stitch, open the seam, and iron it towards the darker side (like we did before way back in the beginning).

You’re going to do something slightly different now to add a solid into the mix. Take an 18 x 3 inch strip of solid red fabric and fold it in half. Press with a hot iron and steam. Lay it on top of the lighter fabric with the fold pointing toward your red print. Your red strip may be wider than your lighter strip allows, but just adjust by sewing closer to the fold than the open side. This is going to create a fun bit of texture because now this piece is on top of your other two pieces with a loose edge. Add a strip of 18 x 4 inch brown burlap, rough linen or something darker here to really add a punch of visual texture.

This will put you roughly at the center of the pillowcase. Finish up by adding a big chunk of linen using the right-sides together/sew/open/iron method. Now comes the fun!

I love using variegated thread when I’m adding decorative stitches because you really get a good view of the color change. I used the baseball stitch down the bit of red here to really show off the white in the thread, and then I just sewed either one or three times using the straight stitch on the rest of my seams.

You have lots of choices when it comes to trim, ribbon and zippers to finish off your pillowcase. This is a great opportunity to add more punches of color or to tone down your pillow if you used wild prints. I love using vintage lace and velvet ribbons to add more texture to my pillows. For this one, I layered a 1/4 inch red velvet ribbon over the top of a cafe au lait brown modern lace. Just one quick straight stitch down the middle is all you need, and the edges will stick up a bit, just begging to be touched.

Now it’s time to sew your two sides together and turn this baby into a pillowcase!

You have to add tabs to the ends of your zippers or your pillow won’t turn properly. I always have leftover 5 inch square bits, and they work great for this because the edges are already pinked. Simply cut such a bit in half and then press in half again, using a hot iron. Stick each end of the zipper inside the open fold like a monster eating a worm. You can either sew them in place using a quick zig zag set to 2 or a couple of straight stitches along the open edge.

It’s a lot easier to add a zipper than it looks. I was intimidated for such a long time, but not anymore! You’re basically going to continue doing the same couple of steps we’ve been doing all along. Place your zipper along the bottom edge of your pillowcase (right sides together) and line them up like the photo below and to the left.

Line up the left edge of your foot with the zipper and straight stitch the two together. Open up your seam, press it with a hot iron, and then straight stitch along the seam to keep your seam down. Repeat the process with the other side of your pillowcase so that you have a butterfly with the zipper in the middle like the body.

Fold your “butterfly” in half, and sew around all three sides that are open. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR ZIPPER OPEN AT LEAST HALFWAY or you won’t be able to turn your pillowcase right side out which is infuriating, let me tell ya’! You should end up with something that looks like the photo above right. Reach in and pull the top of your pillowcase out through the zipper. Now your pillowcase is right-side out.

Use your fingertip to poke out the corners. Now you will see why those tabs on the end of your zipper were so important. The bottom two corners will like this. Those two little tabs allow room for the zipper, and keep your sides from puckering. If you have any problems or questions you can find me on Facebook here: Jen Osborn. And I cannot wait to see all of your pillows, so PLEASE post photos to my Facebook page or email photos to: and the good folks here will post them on this site!

(You can also download a PDF of the project instructions here: All_My_Love_Project)


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58 Responses to All My Love: Tutorial & Giveaway compliments of Jen Osborn

  1. patsypat says:

    The use of burlap makes this unusual! Great project! Patsy from HeARTworks

  2. Katie Holmes says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it!!

  3. cathy ward says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. Love the trick to hide the seam that did not end up “just right.” Oh and such a fun giveaway! Cheers!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I love log cabin patterns and you have created a wonderful pillow! Thanks for the tutorial. I really like how you did the back. Thanks for always inspiring and for your wonderful book. xo

  5. pupton says:

    What a great tutorial and giveaway! I would love to win! Sign me up!

  6. joyceas says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Well done and very easy to understand. Can’t wait to try it! 😀

  7. SuzieButton says:

    I love to mix it up with fabrics, paints and creativity! Thanks for a chance to win! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

  8. jbranasc says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! My wife would love for me to win the swag for her!

  9. marymac says:

    I love altered art and this is beautiful.

  10. scrapyoga says:

    HOly cow…I am actually quilting here!!!! YEAh!!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  11. Casey11th says:

    I love that little aqua touch of color! Looks great with the red. Also loved the tiny little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

  12. Altered Amanda says:

    Not sure I could duplicate what you have made here, but I sure did enjoy the process!

  13. lsmoore says:

    Ok, if the book wasn’t just totally cool, then you have to throw in the awesome fabric, and that cute valentine!! Crossing my fingers!!

  14. ga0724 says:

    Great project! Looks like fun to try.

  15. artistcellar says:

    This is a FABULOUS pillow! And that book… where did that come from? It’s going on my wish list!

  16. says:

    I love the versatility of the log cabin pattern. i also love covering up uneven seams with ribbon, etc. What a clever idea!

  17. says:

    Oh, I would “dye” for some of that “died” fabric! LOL! Seriously, that pillowcase is wicked cool.Thanks for the tutorial!


  18. JulieK says:

    This is a great tutorial, thank you! Thanks too for the giveaway!

  19. appledoatz says:

    Love the tutorial. Thanks so much. Love your projects, Jen.

  20. april1456 says:

    What fun! I love the way you “talk” to us instead of instructing. Makes you feel like a friend
    Thanks, April

  21. tlcd1961 says:

    Love this! I can’t wait to try this pillow. Excellent instructions. Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for the chance to win this kit!

  22. inkyalchemy says:

    What a sweet treat! Thanks Jenn 🙂

  23. Ellen M. says:

    Great tutorial. I would LOVE to win the book & kit! Thanks for the chance!

  24. joyfroggie says:

    Awesome tutorial. I’ve made a lot of log cabin quilts but this one looks like it’s a lot more fun to do!!

  25. ratgirl says:

    I love how you used the teensy little red riding hood piece on the pillow. Very clever!

  26. GuppyWitch says:

    Appreciate the simplicity!

  27. Great project. I love both sides of the pillow but the back is actually my favorite! Thanks for sharing it and for a chance to win your fun give-away!

  28. Libby says:

    Thanks for the easy tute and the chance to win Jen’s book and all those fun goodies.

  29. huntla1 says:

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial for the lovely pillow. And thank you for the opportunity to win an awesome giveaway!

  30. justthecook says:

    thank you so much for this tutorial…and for an opportunity to participate in your give-a-way!

  31. evibol says:

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  32. cindybettinger says:

    I have always loved log cabin patterns. Thanks for the tutorial!

  33. somefromnone says:

    This tutorial is just what I need to add to my Valentine arsenal. I just can’t stop making things that have to do with hearts. Not sure what is up with that but I will continue until it exhausts its way out of me – maybe never. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Jen Osborn says:

    I just wanted to pop in here this morning, and say a HUGE thank you to everyone for all the wonderful comments! I have to admit it made me a bit teary this morning – what a fabulous way to start my Friday. Have a great weekend everyone!

  35. Great tutorial – Love the colors!!! Please count me in for the Giveaway!

  36. KittyKwilter says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway! Love this site!

  37. delfine says:

    thanks for that great tutorial and the giveaway!

  38. enchanted25 says:

    Wonderful tutorial! Would love to win!

  39. TamraR says:

    Wonderful use of color and textures. One day, I’ll have a real sewing machine. Until then, I’m trying to sew by hand. And I really don’t have much patience. :O)

  40. otterblue says:

    Super cool pillow! I love that it is graphic and not obvious. I think I will try it using other colors to coordinate with my living room. Thanks so much for sharing.

  41. TuesdayEveningLedger says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for the tutorial AND for the great opportunity to win! What a wonderful prize pack! 🙂 ~ Jessica

  42. MamaChamp says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Love the little pop of turquoise. Would love to use your dyed fabrics in my art quilts!

  43. BobbiD says:

    I love your tutorial. A must make for sure. Just happened to purchase your book yesterday and would love some of that hand dyed fabric to make some of the projects in the book. If I win I would share the book with a friend and get her hooked on mixed media too!

  44. Sophy says:

    It is a lovely project. I am a slow starter so maybe I’ll get it made by next February!

    Thanks for the chance at the prize package.

  45. says:

    I llike the colors, nice project.

  46. honstuff says:

    I am so in love with that pillowcase! The fabric, the colors, the patterns…*sigh*

  47. pittypal says:

    I have been looking for a quilting project to try. Thanks for this one. It looks like a perfect way to start.

  48. Arteest says:

    This is a really nice project, especially if one fears quilting. You make it so easy for artists to just jump in and “DO”. I love your tips on covering the not-so-perfect lineups. Thanks for the post.

  49. Gwycon2 says:

    Love the log cabin/heart pillow cover. The zippers frighten me a bit. . . but your instructions are pretty basic and clear so I may be able to do them!!
    Thank you for the tut and the opportunity to win a prize; I love prizes!

  50. karenk says:

    Cute project for a rainy day! Would love to see the book. Put me in for the giveaway!

  51. groovygramma says:

    This is great ! Thanks for posting about it….I am not a lucky person usually, but enter me in the giveaway please. Marilyn

  52. Maggie Barbour says:

    Whoooot-whoooot! What a fun project and grooovy goodies! How did I miss this earlier! Whew, I just made the deadline! Thanks for offering such a great tutorial and a chance to win!

  53. mtnquilter says:

    I LOVE this heart pillow project…such beautiful colors!! Please enter me in the giveaway…


  54. corkpop says:

    What a wonderful, generous thing to do. It is getting harder for me to shop (physically) SO THIS WOULD BE WONDERFUL!

  55. jpb66 says:

    Last time I won something it was 4 qts of oil… This would be so much better and first getting back into art after many years. Good Luck to everyone…

  56. kconlin says:



    I’ve contacted the winner via email and hope to send her prize to her ASAP!

    Thanks for all the comments and stay tuned for our next giveaway!


  57. somefromnone says:

    I am so pleased with everything I have received. Thank you Jen and Kristy. I can’t wait to try some of the projects. I have read through the Jen’s book and I am totally inspired.

  58. cristyjones says:

    I can’t express what I feel any more eloquently than all the above. Absolutely love it all.