Five stuffed colorful hearts, resembling
the conversation candies, are easy to sew and bear warm greetings. Make
this for yourself or as a gift for your sweetheart!
Suggested fabrics for the project are
fleece, felt, or cotton solids in the following pastel colors: lavender,
green, peach, blue, and pink. Yellow may be substituted for one of the
Heart message lettering may be embroidered
with the Husqvarna Viking embroidery system, by hand, or using fabric paint.
7" X 14" pieces of fabric in each
of the colors (if purchasing fabric, 1/4 yd. of each fabric is needed)
3 yds. 1/4" wide white ribbon
matching utility sewing thread
Mark-B-Gone water soluble marker
Sulky Tear Away stabilizer (optional)
bright pink embroidery thread, floss,
or fabric paint
hand sewing thread (optional)
From the pastel solid fabrics:
cut 2 (two) 7" X 7" squares from each
cut 2 (two) 30" pieces of ribbon
set aside the remaining length of ribbon
for bows between the hearts
Choose your favorite sayings from the
candies. The ones that were used for the swag shown are:
CUTIE PIE, SMILE, HUGS & KISSES,
COOL, and LOVE ME.
*If embroidering by machine, follow
the Husqvarna Viking instruction manual for hooping and embroidery.
Mark the center of the square of fabric.
To add the messages to the hearts by hand, use a water soluble marker to
write words centering them over the mark. With a needle and embroidery
thread, sew over the lines. Or, the lettering can be created using fabric
paint. Consult the directions for use on the product's packaging.
Using the heart shaped pattern piece,
center the pattern over the embellished squares. Hint: cut one heart at
a time so each of the messages will be truly centered.
Thread your sewing machine with matching
utility sewing thread.
*As you sew, remember to remove the
pins as you approach them with the sewing machine needle.
||With the right side up,
place all five solid squares on a flat surface. Lay the embellished hearts
over the matching square, so the right sides are together. Pin the heart
shape to the square.
||Using the edge of your
presser foot along the edge of the heart shape, sew around each of the
hearts. Leave a 2" opening as shown on the pattern. Trim each of the square
pieces of fabric down to match the heart shape.
||In order to get a smooth
edge when the shapes are turned right side out, make a clip at the point
of the heart. The clip should be through the seam allowance up to the stitching
line; be careful not to cut through the stitching.
Then trim the bottom point of the heart.
||Turn the hearts right side
out. If the bottom point of the heart seems rounded, use the point of the
straight pin to gently pull it out.
||Lightly stuff the hearts.
Hand sew the openings closed.
||Either by sewing machine
or by hand, tack the hearts together side by side. The connection point
is 1 3/4" from the top of the heart.
||Take a 30" piece of ribbon,
fold it in half lengthwise. Tie a knot so it is centered on the 15" folded
length. Repeat for other piece of ribbon.
||To the finish line...
Tack the folded edge of the 15" ribbons
to the back of each of the outer hearts.
||Tie 6 tiny bows. Sew, by
hand or sewing machine, a bow over all of the tacked areas.
|Hang the knotted ribbons
over nails so that the heart garland looks like a smile. Happy Heart Day!