DIY Easy Felt Heart Garland

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Hello, friends!  I’m popping in with my first post of the year (at least it’s still January, right?!) with a little tutorial for you – an incredibly easy felt heart garland!  A little something to spruce up your home with some valentine’s day flair.  Ready?  Ok, here you go.  Here are your materials:

  • heart template
  • felt (I used red and pink craft felt sheets that I believe I got at Joann)
  • scissors
  • marker (I used a disappearing ink marking pen)
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • twine some sort of thin string (note: I had originally wanted to use twine but it was too thick to string through the hearts)
  • large embroidery or tapestry needle

This was maybe the easiest project ever.  And economical.  I already had all the materials at home so that makes it free, yeah?  I realize that this project may be super self-explanatory since it’s soooo simple, but I’ll go ahead and share how I made mine anyway!  Cool?  Cool.

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First, you will need to cut out a heart shape on card stock for your template.  My heart measures about 2.5″ x 3″.  Next, get out your felt sheets (or scraps) and trace your heart with a marker or pen.  Trace as many as you wish. We will be using two heart pieces to make one stuffed heart.

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Cut out your hearts.

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Next, take two hearts and align one on top of another.  Pin if you wish and sew along the edge of the hearts using a 1/8″ seam allowance, making sure to leave about a 3/4″ opening somewhere near the bottom of the hearts.

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Stuff your heart with the fiberfill stuffing, and then sew the opening closed, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.  And now you have a cute little stuffed heart!  Wasn’t that easy?  Go make some more!

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Finally, take a large embroidery or tapestry needle and string through all the hearts you’ve made for your garland.  I strung through the upper middle part of each heart.  And felt is so dense that the needle pushes through easily, even right through my machine default 2.5mm stitch length that I used.

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And that’s it, folks!  Now go hang up your heart garland and smile each time you walk by it!

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And, juuuust in case you were wondering, I also made those adorable XOXO and heart pillows you see up there in the first photo with my little man.  They are also available in my Etsy shop: MADE to play.  Yes, the shop is finally up and running!  My friend and I had to get all the logistics and legal stuff all squared away first, but we are super uber excited about it (and I’m totally cheesing right now, ha)! Come by and take a peek when you have a chance! 🙂

heart, jen

yup, that’s a new signature you see up there — new year, new signature! happy (belated) 2015!

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Lucky Shamrock Burlap Banner

DIY lucky shamrock banner {chirpy threads}I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love burlap!  I still do.  I love using it as part of my home decor.  I also love banners!  So for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a banner with the word “LUCKY” spelled out and a couple of shamrocks.  Super easy.

Do you love it as much as I do?  Want to know how I made it?  Here it is!

* A little update:  When I originally made the banner, I had every intention of stringing twine though the casing to hang it, so my instructions below will reflect this.  It was only until later, after toying with the display over and over and over, that I realized I liked it hanging with clothespins.  Yeah, I’m indecisive, but I always decide in the end!

Materials:

  • Burlap (probably a half yard will do)
  • Lightweight fabric of choice (for letters and shamrocks)
  • Heat n’ Bond Lite
  • Twine (or any string or ribbon for hanging)
  • Safety pin
  • Your basic sewing necessities: machine, thread, scissors, iron

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1. You’re going to need 7 squares.  Cut them at 6″ x 7″.  They will end up being 6″ x 6″ squares when finished.

2.  Fold each piece down an inch on the 7″ side and iron to hold it in place.  This will make your casing to slip the twine through.

3.  Sew down the casing with about a quarter seam allowance.  You don’t want to sew too close to the edge in case the burlap frays.  Now put aside your burlap squares.

4. Iron on the heat n’ bond to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut out the word “lucky” and two shamrocks.  You can use microsoft word to create stencils and do a quick image search to find shamrocks online.  Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut them out that way like I did.

5. Peel backing off of your letters and shamrocks, and iron them onto the burlap squares using a low temperature, no steam setting (or, according to packaging instructions).  Now admire how lovely they look adhered to the burlap!  The packaging recommends sewing your appliqué onto the fabric after ironing, but I don’t find it necessary with this project.  The letters stay on just fine.  I made happy birthday and heart banners in a similar fashion a year ago and it’s still holding up just great!

6. Attach the end piece of your twine to a safety pin and slowly feed it into the casing you made.

And that’s it!  Now you can hang your banner up and stare at it endlessly like me!

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Keep in mind that this material sheds… big time!  I can’t recall the number of times I sneezed while assembling the banner.  Luckily, it’s easy to clean up.  Also, the edges will fray.  You can probably spray some fray check on it but I personally like the not-so-perfect look so I kept it the way it is.

Oh, see that cute subway art up there?  Got it from here.  It’s awesome and free – so go print one out and frame it!  The flowers?  Those are Bells of Ireland!  Aren’t they pretty?  They made me smile when I saw them, so I picked up a bunch at my local Trader Joe’s and stuck them in some empty jars I had that were waiting to be used!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my pretty green display!

xoxo, Jen