Monday, 21 May 2012

How to make a felt heart stuffed with cotton or lavender

I have been making a lot of felt hearts lately. They are easy to make and you can make them in the evenings, while watching TV or listening to the music. I find the process of making them quite meditative.

This is what you need to make the heart: some felt fabric cut into two heart shapes, sequins or other decorative beads, thin thread and thin needle for sawing the beads onto the felt, embroidery thread and needle for sewing two sides of the heart together, and cotton for stuffing the hearts. You can also use dried lavender flowers as heart's filler - then the heart can be used in your wardrobe as moths' repellent.

Begin by sawing the beads onto one heart shape.

This is what the thread can look on the other side:

Put one heart shape on top of another and sew them together using the embroidery thread of contrasting color. Use the blanket stitch, as shown below. Leave the gap of about 3 cm (just over 1 inch) for filling the heart with cotton.

Fill the heart with cotton or dried lavender (I used both) and finish the sewing.

These hearts have a variety of uses. They can be placed in the wardrobe, hung on the Christmas tree or just displayed in a group.

Happy heart making :)



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