Take your heart and rotate it as you trace it as each of the leaves (you can do three or four). I used a disappearing fabric pen. Then I cut it out with a rotary cutter.
Here is the whole cut out. You can kind of see the traced lines here. This green felt was left over from a Christmas craft and was purchased in a package I got at Roberts Craft. The wrinkles steamed out easily.
Next I stamped my message (as I am probably the only crafter who has not yet used freezer paper) with white acrylic paint.
Next I added a little decorative flourish with white embroidery floss. I used one of my favorite stitched called the split stitch.
To balance out the flourish, I added a red heart button. You could add a leprechaun-themed charm or gold buttons here instead.
To finish off the pillow, I pinned wrong sides together and used a zig stitch around the edge. Stuff this pillow lightly or it looks all warped and you lose the shamrock shape. I had to work a bit to get the stuffing to look just right. I closed it with the zig stitch when I was done.
From start to finish, this easy project took me just under two hours. If you have any other fun ideas for a good phrase for this pillow, leave it in the comments. -C