Monday, December 10, 2007

Use It Up

 

I have a quantity of white felt - the acrylic kind, not the lovely wool felt. I'm making a concerted effort to use up what I have instead of rushing out to purchase something new all the time. Lots and lots of fabric fill shelves in my office/studio closet. Earlier in the fall I was also looking for something to do in the evenings while sitting on the couch recovering from teaching Grade 8 French.

I came up with these embroidered hearts - hearts with a secret. On the back they have a small pocket in which to tuck in a gift card or simply a tag to say "This is for you." I'm planning on using them as package tie-ons for my Christmas presents.

This is my first tutorial and I had a lot of fun doing it.

 

Cut out two hearts from felt. Mine are 4 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall. Then cut a third piece using the bottom of the heart as a pattern. Mine is 3 inches tall. This will form the pocket on the back of the heart.

 

Embroider a design on the front. Although I show a finished heart, do not embroider the edges just yet. I did a variety of things - swirls for which I used a pattern, and also free hand flowers and snowflake/stars. You could add buttons as well.

 

Using two threads of red embroidery floss, make a running stitch along the top of the pocket piece.


Sandwich all three pieces together, the embroidered front, the plain back, and the pocket piece. Stitch around the heart using a blanket stitch. Stop before going all the way around.

Add some stuffing to plump it up and voila, an easy and unique package adornment.
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16 comments:

Andi said...

Lorrie, these little hearts are beautiful. I love the red embroidery on the white felt. I can do a blanket stitch and embroider...so this is something I can make too!!! Thanks for sharing.

Charm & Grace said...

Wow, Lorrie, how creative. What lucky gift recipients you will have this Christmas! Those hearts are very special.

Blessings,
Christi
Charm & Grace Blog

Chris said...

These are adorable! The colors of the red on white are a perfect combination! Thank you for sharing!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Those are seriously SO CUTE! I have a couple of friends who love to do redwork embroidery...I must show these to them. Thanks for the tutorial.
M.L. @the house of whimsy

Astrid said...

I think I'll make some of those hearts very soon! They're very pretty. I bet they'd look pretty as Christmas ornaments too.

Beth said...

These are gorgeous! I think I will put a small pin on the back so they can be used as a lapel pin! I'm SO into brights and black...maybe I will try my hand at a dark one with bright stitching. Thanks for the tutorial!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

So cute! Thanks for the idea!

jennifer@love,laughter,and lyrics said...

so cute. I can do that! thanks for the tip

Elizabeth said...

I've been trying to use up what I have, also. This is a great idea!
Visiting via several links to your mobile, which is just lovely!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Oooh these are cute! And I have a ton of felt scraps.

Anja said...

What a nice idea, all your hearts are looking great!

Kathleen Pequignot said...

I love red work, so this looks like a fun project that won't take up too much time. The red color is great for Valentine's packages too. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Bluebell Woods said...

I love the hearts. I made some many years ago and attached a ribbon, We have an old house with key holes on all the doors, so I hung them from door handles to cover the key holes. We had kids at the time.
I think I will make some more for Christmas ornaments white with blue would be pretty and especially if one could find a metalic thread.
Janice

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've had this post open all day looking at your pretty hearts! I think it would be fun to make some...I just need to get busy! ♥♥♥ Thanks for the directions! ♥♥♥

marygems said...

Love these felt hearts with gift pockets- thanks for sharing!
I plan to get busy and make some- hope they will turn out as pretty as yours :)
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Barb said...

These are so pretty! Thank you for the tutorial. I"ll use these and enjoy them for gifts.