Friday, February 6, 2009

Scrappy, Stuffed, Heart Tutorial; ‘ Scraps of my love’

~These stuffed hearts are made mostly from my scrap pile. They are a little bigger than an open paw…measuring at about 7” across the heart at its widest part. Mine are stuffed with fluff and I had someone in mind for each as I pieced each one together using tiny bits of love and thought to make it as special as it’s recipient.

Another fun and cool option is to add a pocket to hold reading glasses a valentine treat (sexy or chocolaty), a remote control, or even baby teeth for the toothsome fairy!

Yet another idea you might try is stuff with rice add a few drops of essential oil to make a hot/cold pack (microwave/freezer) for someone’s aching head or crampy muscles.

Tools and Materials for this variation
Scraps of fabric
Buttons
Ribbon and random bits of
Loveliness that need homes
Thread
Needle
Iron
Pins (optional)
Interface (optional)
Sewing machine (optional)


1. Cut and iron two hearts from my pattern (or make you own heart pattern (sew easy!!) If you want to use mine just print it at 100% on an 8.5”x11” paper. The pattern uses 1/4’ seams.

2. Design and apply the layout of your embellishments, pockets or what have you for the top and a bottom of your heart (if you used two different fabrics; which I did on all mine). I used appliqués as sort of my main theme (I like to use fusible interface with my appliqués) Then I added buttons and bits of fabric and ribbon here and there to move your eye around. Remember to attach your embellishmets from the bottom up , ...with buttons and bows being attached last.

Iron after each layer is attached. Ironing will help keep it clean and make it easier to attach the next layer in your design.



3. Sew your heart out! With wrong sides together, sew a 1/4” seam around the heart ... leaving about a 2.5-3” opening to turn out of. Start your seam about and inch or so from the bottom of the point of your heart so your opening will be on the bottom side of your heart.(about where my scissors are lying is where I started sewing down)
4. Turn your heart out carefully. Using a pointy stick (knit needle, chop stick, etc) check all your seams and poke out your point.

5. Iron your heart. Shape it up and tuck under the opening and iron it making it even with the rest of the heart.

6. Stuff your heart. Use fluff or whatever you like. I used fluff combined with serger scraps.

7. Sew up the opening. I like to use a blanket stitch for this and I use doubled thread for a nice thick stitch. You could also use embroidery thread for this.

8. Fluff your heart and give it away! Give it to your valentine and feel the waves of appreciation and love roll over you…

25 comments:

Lo Christine said...

Very cute! I might have to use my new sewing skills to try this out!

Angie said...

Those are all beautiful! I was thinking of making hearts for the girls. I have leftover fabric from the Red Riding Hood costume I made for K.

Nice tutorial!

belle said...

thanks nice ladies!!! I am trying to put up a more printable pattern.

Blue Mama said...

These are FANTASTIC!!! So so so so perfect! I love them!

*karen said...

Oh, man, I want a heart to squeeze!

judy said...

a darling use for scraps...love, love, love it.

tanto craft studio said...

i neeed to make these! you have the best tutorials, so creative!

artist victoria o'neill said...

Hello there, thanks for the sweet heart inspiration.....

Prasti said...

wow! they're so cute! i like the idea of stuffing rice in there for hot/cold pack. great idea.

thanks!

Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica said...

i love these, the embellishments make them all the more special! my dad had open heart surgery and they gave him a big handmade heart pillow that he had to hold against his chest every time he coughed. of course, as soon as i saw it, i went home that night and i made him a special one, but i always wondered who these special ladies were who made the pillows and donated them to heart patients, they were so cute! great project, very sentimental to me :-)

p.s. my captcha for this comment is "premeat" go figure!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh that cowgirl fabric is FABULOUS! This is such a fun stash-buster, thanks tons for sharing the how-to, I'll be linking.

twoveganboys said...

I happened upon your site through a friend's blog. It is awesome. I love the heart tutorial. We live in Austin too.

pam said...

What a great idea! A whole basket full of these - maybe different sizes - would be a lovely valentines decoration! Better get started or I will be late!

Debra said...

These are oh so cute! Love them!

Angie said...

Hey chicky! Not sure if you know or not, but your over on Pimp Stitch. http://pimpstitch.typepad.com/blog/2009/02/tutorial-alert-scrappy-pillow.html

Congrats!!!!!

Celia said...

This is soooooo easy and pretty!!!!!
I have to make one myself for my sweetie!
lol

Melissa Norris said...

Congratulations! This blog post was featured in the latest Carnival at http://www.craftcritique.com We would love it if you’d let YOUR blog readers know too… you know, share the love! Happy Valentine’s Day! Craft Critique loves you!

Mary Leeson said...

How lovely, belle! Saw your stuff on blog carnival...TFS!!

ziazia said...

Love these!!!!

SarahLP said...

Found this via Freeneedle - lovely project, very inspiring - thank you!

Chicks R Us said...

These are a fantastic adorable idea!
They look wonderful!

annasandbach said...

I absolutely love these! Can I ask you where you got your facric from or could you suggest places I could get similar cool fabric from?

Anna x

annasandbach said...

I really love these. Can you suggest anywhere where I could get similar cool fabric?

Anna x

Elegantpaws said...

These are lovely and perfect for people (like me) who loathe the commercialism of Valentine's day! Thanks. x

Nomi said...

Thanks so much for the cute idea!! I'm making one for my daughter to take with her on her first day of kindergarten. I'm going to attach a loop so we can hang it from her backpack and she can give it a cuddle while she is away at school.