Friday, October 30, 2015

Tutorial - make an I LOVE YOU heart...


Today I'm sharing a very simple gift you can make for our Homemade Stitched with Heartstrings project!
Small projects that use our fabric scraps and don't require hours of time to sew are perfect for making a few at a time.


This little heart has a simple embroidered "I Love You" message down the centre but you could omit the stitchery and replace it with a strip of lace or contrast fabric instead. 

Let's begin!

Download the free "I Love You" stitchery pattern HERE.

Stitch the embroidery on a piece of fabric 3 inches wide and 8 inches long, and trim back to 2" wide after stitching...

Sew pieces of contrast fabric down both sides of the embroidery.
I used pre cut scraps but if you're cutting your fabric you'll need pieces at least 3 inches wide and the same length as the embroidery...

Fuse a piece of scrap Pellon or Parlan measuring 6" inches wide x 7 inches high behind the block...

Trace the heart outline from your pattern sheet onto a piece of template plastic and cut out.
Trace the shape onto the centre of your block using a pencil.
Alternately, just cut out the paper heart shape and use it to trace around...

 Sew a line of running stitch just outside the edge of your embroidered section...

Cut along the traced line of your heart shape...

Choose your backing fabric and lay the heart face down onto it. Pin in place.

Sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a 2 inch opening along one side.
Carefully clip notches in the curve of the heart...

Turn your heart right side out, fill with polyester toy stuffing (and lavender flowers if you like) before ladder stitching the opening closed.

 If you have some orphan stitcheries lying around you could even use them as the entire heart front, or what about doilies? I shall be playing with my doily stash to make more hearts and I will show them to you once they're made.

Please leave your blog link in a comment below if you're joining the Homemade Stitched With Heartstrings project in the lead up to Christmas and I'll add your link to my sidebar with the other lovely bloggers who are sharing ideas!

(don't forget to visit them and see what projects they've found on the web or made themselves)

Have a lovely Friday!
hugs


23 comments:

Fee said...

WOW WOW WOW - Love it !! So simple but so lovely. It's on my list of To Do's :)

edith csokmay said...

What a sweet addition to any and all gifts. Thank you :)

Ondrea said...

How gorgeous is that! Thanks again Jenny.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

It is so pretty that I will have to make me one to add to my heart collection. Just wished I had some lavender to add to mine.

Bilko Parker said...

Thank you Jenny, its beautiful.
Warmest wishes,
Guida

Thoeria said...

Really lovely and so simple Jenny!! I'm actually thinking that the stitchery could work beautifully as a bookmark too!
Have a lovely weekend :) x

Thoeria said...

Really lovely and so simple Jenny!! I'm actually thinking that the stitchery could work beautifully as a bookmark too!
Have a lovely weekend :) x

Águeda said...

Yo ya lo veo colgado de los árboles de Navidad...Feliz día. Besos.

Christine Barnsley said...

What a beautiful little project Jenny! Thank you! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

Annerose said...

Das Herz ist wunderschön vielen lieben Dank Jenny. Ein schönes Wochenende wünsche ich Dir und Deinen Lieben.
Gruß AnneRose

shez said...

I love it Jenny xx

Palkó said...

THANK YOU, Jenny! It is beautiful!!!

Brenda said...

Jenny, this is such a lovely project! I know I will be making a couple for some special individuals this year. Thank you for sharing your brilliant and beautiful designed projects with us! Have a wonderful creative day!

desertskyquilts said...

So perfect! It would make a great ornament with an easily attached hanger or a pincushion, as well as several in a bowl for decoration. There are some lovely bowls at the thrift stores sometimes. Another thing to put on my list of look-fors. =)

shirley flavell said...

I love it Jenny. Thank you:-)

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh that is just too adorable!!!!

Kathleen said...

Thank you! (You know I am a sucker for every heart...)

Jackie said...

Thank you for the lovely stitchery & tutorial!

Createology said...

With Gentle Domesticity you have created a lovely timeless gift made from the heart! Sew Precious Dear...

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I heart your heart!!

Ginger Smith said...

Do you know the name of the fabric line you used to make this adorable heart. Can't wait to make some. Many thanks!!!!!!



Jenny of Elefantz said...

Ginger, the floral is a Tilda print, and the gingham is generic cotton I bought in the dressmaking section about 9 years ago. :-)

Ginger Smith said...

Thank you can't wait to make one