It is creeping up on Valentine’s Day so I thought it would be fun to share some HEART projects that decorate our home at this time of year ( who am I kidding? Some of these are out ALL year long, because in my opinion there is NEVER a wrong time to display a HEART!
First off, my sweet little heart pillow:
I made this quite a few years ago now, and it’s starting to look a bit saggy, but that’s because it is out all year long. I think it looks so inviting in my favorite chair, don’t you agree? To make it all I did was draw a heart template and traced around it onto fusible web, ironed it to some linen background, free-motioned stitched around the shapes, and then hand-quilted with a fairly large stitch. An antique button adds the final touch.
The second project came from this book by Karen Costello Soltys.
This quilt was so much fun to make and I actually have made it a few times already, but kept this one for myself 🙂One final Heart item that is on display all year long is this little quilt:
It was made in pretty much the same method as the pillow, only on a slightly smaller scale. I did fussy cut the red fabric in the border for an extra special touch. This one measures in at a little over 10 inches square. It was a quick and enjoyable project!
So, I wanted to give you some more cute ideas so searched the web for some more Valentine inspired ideas….there are MANY, many ideas out there!! I had fun choosing some here and there, some that are free, some that are patterns you can buy, and some that are actual products, but us clever people can figure out how to make some of these on our own, I think!
This first one is a mug rug that was for sale on Etsy, but no longer available. You can easily make this pattern yourself though! Just decide what size mug rug ( or make it larger and make a placemat!) you desire, cut out your front and back fabric pieces, applique some hearts ( draw your own or look online for free heart clip art), quilt, and bind, and voila!
This Heart wreath is adorable! I am completely in love with it. No link to be found for this one but I think it was a for sale item at one point. This one you could make yourself too! Not as easy as the mug rug, but you could make some stuffed hearts by layering fabrics together and sewing around most of the way, stuffing them a bit, and then sew the hearts together in a circle shape. It might even be easier to take one of those cheapy metal clothes hanger, bend it into a circle and then attach the hearts to that ( wrap some torn fabric around the hanger first so you disguise the ugly bits 🙂 ). Tie some twine into bows and attach..maybe add some buttons ( because buttons add CUTE to everything!) and you have an oh-so-sweet wreath of your own.
This next link is a video on how to make this heart block….SEW cute! And just think, you can increase or decrease the size of the given blocks to make a whole NEW size of heart!
These bookmarks I had already posted in the facebook group because they are so sweet and I just had to share the cuteness already! This is a FREE pattern so go to town! And just think, you could change the heart to a different shape to match the occasion if you don’t have time to make these before Valentine’s Day:
This next idea is for FREE Valentine printables…you just download the pattern, trace onto fusible web, and you are ready to make a placemat, a mug rug, a small wall hanging, a pillow…whatever you like!
This next link is not sewing, but it is ADORABLE so had to be included! And almost everyone knows how to cross-stitch, right? You can pick up some cheap supplies like AIDA cloth and some floss and a hoop, and you are all set to go. I am going to suggest that you pick up a cute hoop and use it to “frame” your work when you are done ( you can even paint your hoop to match your decor!). Just trim your extra cloth, fold it to the back and glue down. If you want it to look all neat and finished you can even add a felt cover to the back. Add a ribbon for hanging and TA-DAAAH.
Well, that is all. I am sure there are way more ideas here than you will have time to make, but just file the ideas away until next year then. 🙂 I do hope that you will get to create at least one fun item, and if you do please make sure to share on our facebook page! (If you have any questions about any of MY projects, or if something is “clear-as-mud”, please ask me for clarification…I am happy to go into more detail or provide more explanation if needed!)
Until next week, happy creating, and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!