It was after preparing the JETS (Junior Embroiderers' and Textile Students) Group activity for February that I had the idea for a new project. The next JETS meeting is on the 13th February, just in time for Valentine's Day, so perfect for a heart theme. We try to make an item the students can complete and take away with them each session, whilst learning a new stitch. It will be cross stitch in February on a small Aide panel attached to a stuffed fabric heart made using the straight stitches we practiced in January.
I liked the feel of the hearts and thought a few together would make a pretty garland.
These strips of vintage Laura Ashley cotton fabric were about to go in the recycling but had such a lovely soft feel they were quickly rescued.
They had originally came from old duvet covers so had been washed a great many times.
Stitched together with a 1/4 inch seam and pressed they were good as new again!
I pinned the "new" fabric onto a piece of white backing fabric, marked out heart shapes using an erasable fabric marker and stitched round them on the machine leaving a small gap for the stuffing. The children will be hand stitching their hearts but I was in the mood to make lots of hearts.
Next came cutting the shapes out carefully with pinking shears, stuffing them and stitching up the gap. I used the zipper foot to do this to keep the line of stitching neat.
Decorated with buttons and sisal bows I added the hearts to a satin ribbon to make a small garland. Perfect for hanging across the door.
There were lots of hearts so why stop at a garland when you can make a wreath too. Using a rattan wreath bound with pretty polka dot grosgrain ribbon, nine fabric hearts fitted perfectly round the edge.
While out shopping for something completely different (a new rotary cutter blade) I found a pack of rustic wooden hearts. Just right and I didn't even know I was looking for them. Funny how that happens!
Ta daa...... the completed fabric heart wreath.
I am on a bit of a roll now and thinking hearts need not be just for Valentine's Day. Maybe Spring or Easter colours .......
I wonder what other colours I have got in my stash?