Tuesday, January 12, 2010

HOMESPUN HEART WREATH FOR VALENTINE'S DAY plus a bonus craft!



This "homespun" heart wreath hangs in my home.  I thought I'd share with you because it's so simple.  If you can use a sewing machine and follow a traced line,  YOU CAN MAKE THIS! 
All you need is...


Stuffing (see in the background)



something to make a heart shape with.  For the example I used a template I picked up on a trip recently.  I got this at a scrapbook supply store.  But for the finished wreath, the heart shape was the part you pop out of a frame.  (It was a frame where the center was the shape of a heart, the heart was just a toss-away).  If you feel comfortable enough, you can just draw your own heart.  I didnt.  LOL



A wooden embroidery hoop.  (Depending on the size of your hearts)  This one is a 6 inch hoop.
This hoop cost something like $1.29 at Michaels'.

oh yes!   and fabric!   LOL   I used fabric from my fabric "stash".  Too little to make anything substantial, but plenty good enough for this!

I draw/trace the heart outline directly onto the fabric.  This gives you a "sewing line".  Take the fabric to the sewing machine (your fabric will be RIGHT SIDES FACING) and just follow on the line.  Go ahead and sew all the way around and don't worry about leaving an opening for turning.  When you've made your hearts, cut a slit into ONE piece of fabric.  This will be the backside of the heart.  To do this, take a pinch of fabric, being careful not to have both layers and cut a slit.  You don't need a very big slit, just big enough to stuff through.  I cut my slit right in the middle of the heart shape. (and this  is hidden by the wooden embroidery hoop so everybody thinks you did such a great job sewing up the opening for turning on the side!! bwahaahaaa!!)   Clip your curves, and the top of the heart where it dips in) Pull the Un-cut layer of fabric through the cut...what you're doing is turning it right sides out, in case I've lost you there.  LOL
make sure your heart actually looks like a heart.  Now stuff it.  Doesn't have to be a hard stuff, but you don't want floppy  hearts either! (giggle)   Now whipstitch the slit you created closed.   Hot   glue the hearts to the wooden hoop.  (I found by trial and error, it's best to hot glue the hoop and lay the heart down on it rather than hot gluing the heart - -- trying to guess where the glue should go and where it lands on the hoop results in a lot of goop...ick!
For added decoration, I just took satin ribbon and weaved it around the heart and then topped it off with little satin ribbin bows.
To give the back a finished look, I just glued lace to the back, or some upholstry gimp.

Ta-Dah!  That's it.

And now for the "bonus" craft.


If you've found you've made a bunch of wrong heart sizes for your hoop (LOL) or just went crazy making hearts, Hang 'em by ribbons!  You could sew the ribbon onto the heart, but that's not what I did...I glued 'em!  LOL

Now have fun!
I'm linking up to:


Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special



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15 comments:

  1. Cute idea...especially for Valentine's Day!

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  2. I love this craft. I just started doing crafts and I'm fascinated with them. Thanks.
    Mary

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  3. Cute! This might just be the perfect "learn how to use my new sewing machine" craft :) always need one of those, I think!

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  4. Sweet....Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by - anything that uses fabric is a good craft to me - smile.

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  6. Great idea! What a fun, cute craft :)

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  7. Soooo cute and just in time for the big heart day:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day, I greatly appreciate it, and now I'm here to spread the comment-love!

    Love the heart craft...I think I'm going to send this to my daughter to make..she'd love it!

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  9. This is adorable! I love any kind of wreath! I must have 8 wreaths hanging in my house right now!

    I'm a new follower visiting from "Friday Follow"! I'd love for you to come visit me!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. And so we meet again :) Cute stuff!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

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  11. Adorable, you do good work! Lezlee

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