Do you ever feel a little sorry for January?

I mean….there are times when I think it’s a little pitiful.

It follows December with all of the cheer and excitement and the first noel and decking the halls and harking the herald angels

…..and all that joy to world.

Bless its heart.

Okay….so it does start off strong with ringing in the new year and champagne and toasts and not letting old acquaintances be forgotten….….but seriously…..

….it’s all downhill after that. 🙂


For some reason….I’m always a little sad in January.

It’s cold.

And dreary.

And extra snowy.

And the Hallmark channel has a few less happily ever afters…..

…..and a lot more help yourself. 🙂


Good thing February is right around the corner with joy and happiness and love and Reese’s peanut butter hearts (so much better than the Reese’s Christmas Trees).

And a valentine heart pillow project to make you smile….

….just like this one.

Here’s how to make your own.


Burlap Valentine Heart Pillow




red burlap


white thread

Step 1:  Cut out hearts

Cut approximately 20 hearts of different sizes out of burlap.

You may want to trace the hearts on burlap with chalk to make it easier.

Do not over think this.


If the hearts are not perfect….it’s actually better…..more authentic.

A little imperfection is so much better….and after all….this is January…..

…..we don’t want to stress ourselves out.


Step 2:  Cut two squares out of burlap

I cut mine about 22” x 22” to fit a 20” pillow form.

valentine-heart-pillow-burlap (2)

Step 3:  Pin the hearts onto the burlap

Pin the hearts onto one of the squares of the burlap.

Pin them different directions so they all fit in a random pattern.


When you are finished it should look a little something like this.

I just kept moving the hearts and the pins around until they all fit.


Step 3:  Sew the hearts onto the burlap

Using white thread and a sewing machine sew the hearts onto the burlap.

Remove the pins as you go.


Step 4:  Sew the two burlap squares together

Place the burlap square with the hearts wrong side up onto the other burlap square and sew three quarters of the way around….leaving a space to insert a pillow form.

Turn inside out and fill with a pillow form.

Sew remaining edge closed.


No Sew Option

So you like the project….but you don’t sew.

I understand…..I don’t cook. 🙂

(well….actually…..I cook if frozen pizza and macaroni and cheese counts)

For a no sew option simply draw on the edges of the heart with a white paint pen in a stitch pattern and glue the hearts onto the burlap.

Then thread a ribbon through the two squares of burlap and tie a bow in the corner to make a pillow.


I hope the weather is warmer where you are.

I hope your January is full of a little extra sunshine.

I hope your heart pillow turns out amazing.

But most of all…..

….I hope February gets it’s tail in gear and arrives here soon.  🙂

I want to give a giant shout out to Canvas Corp for inspiring me and sending me the burlap to use in this project and for selecting me to be a member of their creative team!  I love this burlap….but all opinions and projects are my own.   You can read my disclosure policy for more information.


And now for one more way to make January a little more fun. 🙂

We are hosting a Pinterest Party to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Help us create the most comprehensive holiday Pinterest board on Sunday, January 26, at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST by sharing your favorite Valentine-themed projects and recipes.
pinterest board
Here’s how you can participate: 
  • Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board.
  • Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.
  • Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations
  • On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!
  • Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations.
  • One lucky party participant will walk away with $200 in DIY party products from American Crafts!

Hope to see you there!

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Ah! Your no-sew instructions are just for me! But I DO cook! ;) I told my husband this is the never-ending January. We got 12 inches of snow yesterday and it was 6 degrees this morning. Possible blizzard conditions tomorrow. It will always be white outside ....

  2. Image for Theresa Theresa

    You.... Soooo.... ROCK! I need more decor for the "Love" holiday... Have a lot of projects and craftiest. Thanks ever so much .

  3. Image for Carol Carol

    Dear sweet neighbor, We live in middle TN.. Kentucky is close. Thank you for the pillow pattern. You are so "right" about January. Yesterday was my birthday, and I have wanted to change the month for years. Mother would not be pleased! Sending sunshine!

  4. Image for sonny sonny

    adorable pillow and thanks for the tutorial.. mine wont be the same I know but I was thinking if I made up some pillows out of drop cloth fabric and cut out all the hearts I could let my tuesday kids group glue them on in a design of their choice for their Parents and add their name at the bottom with a red magic marker--and maybe just a little help from me.:) thanks for the great idea.. I know they'll love doing it and having something to give. Sonny

  5. Image for BrocanteuseRose BrocanteuseRose

    Frozen pizza and mac and cheese soooo counts as cooking, ordering pizza counts as cooking! :) Love the heart pillow!

  6. Image for Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

    What a cute pillow! So Valentine festive, my todays project would go hand in hand with yours lol. I love the contrast of the black. January is kind of a left out month it takes allot of down time and is some what poor for all those who spend it up in December. Happy Sewing Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I don't sew...could I glue it together? I do cook, though. Too bad we don't live closer...sigh. We could teach each other! ;)

  8. Image for Regina Regina

    Super cute! Warms the cockles of my heart (whatever THOSE are), and if any part of me is warm today, that's a PLUS! ;) Can we go straight to celebrating Easter and the 4th of July? I'm COLD! Brrrrrrrrrrr . . . . .

  9. Image for Ashley Rane Sparks Ashley Rane Sparks

    Those are so darn cute! The weirdest thing happened to me...I saw an e-mail from you about painting the floors. It was on my phone. I glanced at it between talking to two of my children and driving at the same time (not safe...I know but I was looking for a homework update e-mail) and then...poof! It's gone. I looked back on my computer when I got my 41 year old eyes could actually see it...but it was no where to be found. I did read it and got all the great tips on the floor painting so no need to respond...I told you all of that just so I could say...THANKS so much for responding! You are amazing! Blessings, Ashley Rane Sparks

  10. Image for Tanya Tanya

    I love this sweet burlap pillow KariAnne!! Here is one of my favorite projects, can't wait for the 26th! xo, Tanya twelveOeight

  11. Image for Marty Walden Marty Walden

    Here's how I took my youngest daughter's Easter dress and turned it into memorable Valentine decor! Thanks for hosting, KariAnne!

  12. Image for Karyn Karyn

    I do love Valentines and that is a great idea! Time to dust off the sewing machine and give this one a try. Thank you!! Is this where I share a post for the Pinterest board? Here is my link. I'm so excited!!

  13. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I am not able to stand the smell of burlap when I go looking at it in the stores. If I wash it will the smell go away? I collect hearts and love the pillow, maybe I will have to make it with muslin. Where do you buy drop clothes? I saw someone mention making them from that.

  14. Image for debbie debbie

    Sweet, sweet pillow project! Fun to honor the burlap love by covering it with hearts! A link to an xo project, brimming with love.

  15. Image for Cindy @ Diy beautify Cindy @ Diy beautify

    OOh, I LOVE this pillow KariAnne! Totally adorable :) I have been busy decorating my little abode for Valentines and am so excited to share a project with the Pinterest Group Board. Here is my link: Hmm, not sure why it didn't hilight?? I hope it still works! Looking forward to the 26th :) Cindy@Diybeautify

  16. Image for Amber Amber

    Very sweet pillow! And I agree....January is sort of a let down. Thanks for the inspiration and for the kind words you left for me on my blog the other day. Love your blog. Love you!

  17. Image for Tanya@takesix Tanya@takesix

    January thaw has come and gone in Nova Scotia, Canada. We are back in the deep freeze and had a big blizzard yesterday. Looking forward to February arriving! Here is my Valentine's link! :) Thank you!

  18. Image for Jan Jan

    Cute...cute...cute! I love it and I want one. But I don't have a sewing machine and I like the sewn one. I may have to invest in a cheap sewing machine. Oh, and January...I drab. Poor little January. AND...I'm always broke cause of Christmas.

  19. Image for Brenda Brenda

    I guess after all the Christmas decorating and putting all the sparkles away, January is definitely a downer. Thanks for sharing your burlap project

  20. Image for Andrea at Opulent Cottage Andrea at Opulent Cottage

    The pillow is DARLING!! I already have all the supplies, ooooh I can't wait to make one for myself! Here's one of my easiest (and most Pinned!) Valentine projects, my Heart Shaped Rag Wreath made with shop towels!! Have a good weekend sweet girl! xoxoxoxoxo Andrea

  21. Image for Sharon Sharon

    We have a lot of sunshine in January. My husband and our two children all have January birthdays! I love your blog! Your posts are beautifully written and I love your decorating style.

  22. Image for Amy@StowandTellU Amy@StowandTellU

    Poor, sweet January. Will she be forever the bridesmaid, never the bride? Sew or no-sew, you make this Valentine pillow project looks so easy!! I'm ready to break out my sewing machine and give it a go. It's so pretty and I love the scattered heart pattern. Looking forward to joining the party on Sunday night. Hope you all are staying warm this weekend ~ Amy

  23. Image for Carollynn Carollynn

    You're so right, January always seems so blah, and it's cold (really cold right now) virtually every where! As always, you are the warm bright spot in my day.

  24. Image for Kelly T Kelly T

    Cute pillow! Love the white stitching on the red hearts! I'm sharing an easy Valentine wreath at! Cold or not, I still like January!

  25. Image for kimbowest kimbowest

    this is perhaps the best valentines heart pillow ever! love it! come link it up at ourvalentines party!

  26. Image for Emily Emily

    So excited about the pinning party! Here's a project that I made to go in our foyer:

  27. Image for Sarah @ Bombshell Bling Sarah @ Bombshell Bling

    Ok I LOOOOVE this pillow! I've never used burlap in my life b/c I'm all about the BRIGHTS, but I think I'm going to make this! Here's a link for the party. THANK YOU!

  28. Image for Katie @ Upcycled Treasures Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    This pillow is so sweet, I want one... or 3! I would love it if you linked up to The Makers, Hope to see you there! ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  29. Image for Julie Julie

    Thank you for sharing your Valentine pillow. I love simple ideas in home decor, and this is one of them. Can't wait to make this little number!!

  30. Image for Pat Pat

    Love this!! How did you keep the burlap from fraying? Also, did you make the "love' pillow? It's great too! Feb 1 today ~ yay! :) xo Pat

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