Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentine Button Heart

It is snowing here in the frozen tundra of Ioway today!!!  Been snowing ALL a great day to work on a little valentine project.

Since this little sweet heart is going on my Valentine tree, I like to finish it on both sides.  So to come up with my heart shape I used a vintage Valentine fabric and cut it out 1/4" larger than the design.  But you could use any fun heart print that you had or liked.

To make it symmetrical, I cut half of it and then folded it in half and cut the other side.

Place your print fabric on a white piece of wool or felt, right sides together and stitch around the outside edge with an 1/8" seam leaving no opening.

Cut out the wool using your print fabric as you guide.  Clip carefully at the top "V" of the heart, not cutting through the seam allowance.  You don't need to trim the seam, since it is narrow.

Pull the fabrics apart and cut a small slit in the center of the wool fabric, being careful not to cut through to the other side.

Turn right side out through the slit opening and stuff tightly to make a nice heart shape.

Using a single strand of pearl cotton or  a couple strands of embroidery floss, feather stitch around the outside seam.

Then hand stitch the opening close leaving the wool nice and flat.....tack a loop of ribbon to this side as shown.

Then using red pearl cotton cover the wool side with buttons...filling is as necessary.

I added a ribbon rose to the top on the other side.  A fun two sided valentine for a special valentine.

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