For Valentine's Day we made a plethora of puffy hearts. These sweet ornaments would make a lovely Valentine for teachers, friends, or relatives... or hang a bunch together as an adorable, colorful, wall hanging.
Washable Fabric Pen
6 Stranded Embroidery Floss
Needle and pins
Water color or acrylic paints
Heart Pattern (draw and cut out a heart to use as a pattern)
Trace a heart pattern onto a sheet of muslin. Cut two pieces of muslin (one with the heart pattern and one plan) into a square leaving at least an inch around the pattern. Line up the two pieces and pin together.
Using all 6 strands of embroidery floss, use a running stitch to sew the pieces together. You can hide the knot between the two pieces of fabric.
Leave about an inch wide opening to stuff the heart.
Loosely, stuff the heart with fiber fill and then finish sewing the heart closed. Hide your knot between the layers.
Once your heart is complete, used watered down acrylic paints or water color paints to paint your heart. You can paint your heart solid or mix colors together. Painting some areas lighter and others darker, creates a lovely molted effect.
Feel free to use more than one color or paint patterns. Be sure to paint at least a 1/2 inch beyond your sewing stitch.
Hang to dry.
Once dry, use pinking shears to cut out around the edge of the heart, approximately 1/4 inch away from your seam.
Use the 6 stranded embroidery floss to create a hanging loop. Thread the floss onto the needle folded in half, doubling it to 12 strands. Pull through, slide the needle off, and slip the ends through the loop. Tie off the ends of the string and trim. If you want to make a wall hanging your loops should be slightly longer than the height of your hearts from bottom point to center dip.
You now have a lovely heart ornament.
They can be hung separately, given away as Valentines, or you can link them together to create a rainbow heart wall hanging. To link them, slip the purple heart loop over the blue heart loop and let it drop down. Now slip the blue loop over the teal loop, and so on.
Hang by the top loop.
If you would like, you can use printed fabrics instead of painting plain muslin.
Photos- MB 2-10-14