Monday, June 3, 2013


Easy Sewing Project--Perfect for Beginners!

Today I crafted a set of heartstrings to tuck in with a gift I am giving to a friend. These are so easy to construct from scraps of fabric and trim.

Cut out some basic heart will need a front and back for each heart and one heart cut out from cotton batting,

Gather some odds and ends trim.

Begin sewing trims on in random slanted directions.

Since I will be gluing some additional trims on in a bit, it is time to make a heart sandwich. Place the batting between the heart front  (right side facing you) and the heart back (right side facing outwards)

Heart Sandwich! Hold the mayo....

Stitch around the entire heart through all layers. This does not have to be perfect. You may want to pin the layers together to hold in place while sewing.

Add some additional trim,,,,,

Now repeat the procedure using random placements of trim. Make your sandwich again.

Here my hearts are pinned and I am stitching all around the heart. Hold down the trim as you go ....

Here they are! Cute little hearts, aren't they? But we are not quite done. Next add some stitching in random places which adds a little quilted effect.

These little hearts can be used to embellish many things...

Gift Bag #1

Gift Bag #2

Hearts can be placed on a grapevine wreath....

Add some lace and you have heartstrings!

They can be hung across a valance....

...or they can be hung anywhere that you would like a little homespun/vintage look....Just a thought--they look adorable handing above entryways, around lamps, over a framed  primitive or vintage painting or sampler. I have also hung them vertically on twine between windows. So cute!

I just love these heartstrings....I have a similar set that I made last year hanging in my dining room across the top of my curtains. Here is a link to that post: CLICK HERE TO SEE
These are so fun and easy to whip up, they make gifts just a little extra special and it is a great way to use up tiny bits of laces, beading, ribbons and other trims. So dig out your scraps and whip some up! 

So as I mentioned, this is going to be enclosed with a gift. Once I get the package together I will share that with you as well. It should make for a nice, special presentation!  

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
Albert Einstein

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