Today I'm sharing how to make these sweet fabric hearts to give away or keep for yourself.
I wanted to make the ladies at my bible study table something to remind them of our time together so
I decided what more appropriate symbol than a handmade heart. They were so easy to put together that I thought a quick tutorial was in order to share with you.
You'll need the following supplies-
Two five inch pieces of fabric in coordinating patterns.
A half inch strip of white cotton fabric to stamp a verse or quote on.
Rubber letter stamps and an ink pad.
Twine or ribbon for hanging loop.
Fiberfill for stuffing the heart with.
Basic sewing supplies.
A 4.5 inch heart pattern. (I made mine out of heavy card stock.)
Start by tracing around the heart pattern on each of the coordinating fabrics and cutting along the traced line.
Cut or tear a half inch x 5" strip of white fabric and stamp your quote or verse on it. Be careful to leave a one inch margin on each side of your stamping for your sewn seam.
Cut a four inch piece of twine and set aside.
Lay the heart fabric you want to appear on the front right side up and lay the white stamped fabric (also right side up) at an angle across the top of it.
Fold the twine in half and secure it with a small pin so that the hoop side is down. Leave .5" tails sticking out of the top center of the heart.
Lay the second fabric, that will be the back of the heart, right side down on top of the first fabric and pin. You will have the two hearts right sides together facing each other at this point.
Carefully sew around the heart using a one quarter inch seam allowance, leaving a one inch opening on the lower side of the heart to turn it out.
Clip a slit at the center of the heart where the twine sticks out being careful not to snip through the stitched area or twine and turn the heart right side out and stuff with fiber fill to desired fullness.
Hand stitch the opening closed and you're done.
I have made many of these through the years and never grow tired of this classic symbol of love. I like personalizing them for the occasion and this time since we've just finished a bible study on the Armor of God, I decided to add a piece of scripture from Proverbs 4:23 to remind us to guard our hearts, to fill them with the Truth of the Word and to avoid anything unwholesome.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
These go together quickly and are a nice keepsake for girlfriends or as teacher appreciation gifts. They also make great personalized ornaments for handmade gift exchanges. The possibilities are endless.
I hope you enjoy the change of pace one day a week. I will be back tomorrow with another fashion post and more details on my mini ten day fashion challenge. In the meantime, if you'd like to receive my free wardrobe challenge list, be sure to subscribe before this Friday.
I just happened to have an extra heart that I'd love to send out to one of you. Just leave me a comment and I'll randomly select a winner on Saturday 6/4/16, and mail it out. (This give away is now closed.) Have a wonderful day.
If you like crafty how to posts be sure and read my post on how to make mini fabric flags.