A few weekends ago I spent quite a bit of time with my sewing machine. It was wonderful to take over the dining room table and stitch away to my heart’s content.
It was a drizzly weekend and while the family watched football and hung out, I sewed my two Christmas pillowcases for my girls for next year, four aprons (two for me, and two for Bunco prizes), and also a ton of scrap fabric hearts. Well, they don’t really weigh a ton because they are only filled with polyester fiberfill. ;)
It was great to sort through my fabric stash that I’ve collected over the years looking for pastel Valentine fabrics to make my hearts. I already had my fiberfill and my basket, so it didn’t cost me a thing!
My basket (a thrift store find!) was much larger and required quite a few more hearts than I realized it would to fill it. The hearts were easy enough to make though, so it was quick.
I’m including a pattern that you can click and print if you’d like to make your own hearts. It should print out onto an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper. There are two different sizes and while they look big in the pattern, your hearts will appear smaller once you’ve sewn and filled them.
How to Sew Your Hearts
To make your hearts, place your pattern on top of your fabric and cut 2 matching hearts.
With right sides together, stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave the opening so that you can turn your heart right sides out.
- For your heart to turn and open correctly, it’s imortant for you to trim the seam allowance close to the sewing line. Try to cut it down to about 1/8 of an inch. Also, clip the indent where the two sides meet in the middle. Your heart will open up better because it will allow the fabric inside to be able to move to form the heart shape.
Once your heart is turned, it’s helpful to iron the unfinished edges, turning them inside and pressing.
- Fill your heart with polyester fiberfill. I filled mine loosely so I could sew them shut easily with my machine. If you want to stuff them full, you will probably have to stitch them shut by hand.
- Pin your opening closed. Stitch all the way around the heart on the right side, being sure to stay close to the edge and stitching the opening shut.
It would be fun to embellish the hearts if you have time. You could add buttons, beads, ribbon, or lace to make them even fancier. I love these hearts that I pinned last year from Stitchin Fingers. I was happy enough with mine being left simple. It might be fun to embellish more if I have time.
I used the same fabric that I used in my Valentine Mantel to line my basket and make the cute plaid bow. For the bow I simply cut a snippet about two inches wide on the edge of my fabric. I ripped it the rest of the way, which gave the nice roughed-up edge to the bow.
To top it off, I added one of my cornstarch dough hearts. I love how it ties together with my mantel and the cheery pastel colors sure add a bright touch to our grey winter days.
Warm Winter Wishes,
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