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.

Materials:
Muslin Fabric
Washable Fabric Pen
Fiber Fill
6 Stranded Embroidery Floss
Needle and pins
Water color or acrylic paints
Paintbrush
Heart Pattern (draw and cut out a heart to use as a pattern)
Pinking Shear
Scissors

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.

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. You may use one or two images on your blog as long as you reference Wee Folk Art and share a direct link back to our page. Please contact us with any questions.

Photos- MB 2-10-14

 

Comments

I have a quick question. I don't own picking shears. Do you think it would be alright to just cut it with regular scissors or do you think it would unravel? I guess I could sew them and turn them inside out bet you'd lose that cute stitching on the outside.

If you just cut them with scissors, yes, they will fray a bit, but that is a style on its own and since they really aren't being handled it shouldn't be a problem. You may just want to cut a little bit further away from the seam. Also, if you use acrylic paints, you can try using a thicker amount around the edge where you will be cutting and that should act as a fray check to help stop the some fraying.

Michelle

Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Totally adding these to my future project list :) The little lady would love the coloring part!

Maybe I can get the girls to stitch some up for her before we come. Then she'll just get to paint them :)
 

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher