- piece of cardboard (depending on the size of your heart)
- fabric of your choice (piece for my heart is about 13cm x 10cm)
- embroidery thread in contrasting colour
- soft fill stuffing
- and of course sewing machine, scissors, needles, beads
Step 1: Draw a heart of a desired shape on a piece of cardboard. Cut it out and fold in half vertically.
Step 2: Fold the piece of fabric two times. Crosswise and lengthwise so you have four layers of fabric.
Step 3: Insert folded fabric into the folded cardboard heart with folded edges next to each other.
Step 4: Firmly hold the heart with your fingers and cut your fabric along the edge of the cardboard heart.
Step 5: You should have two hearts with wrong sides facing each other. Put the cut out hearts with the right sides facing each other. Mark a small opening on the straight side of the heart.
Step 6: Stitch around the edge with about 0.5cm allowance. Make sure to start and finish with a backstitch to secure the seam. Go slow along the rounded edges to get a nice curvy seam. Using small scissors, make tiny slits along the rounded edges. Cut off the pointy tip of the heart.
Step 7: Turn the heart the right side out. Using a chopstick, carefully push the seam out and iron gently.
Step 8: Fill the heart with soft fill. I like my hearts to be quite soft and a bit flat.
Step 9: Sew by hand the opening closed.
Step 10: Using a contrasting colour embroidery floss, stitch around the edge with running stitch. Make sure to leave a long end at the beginning of the stitching.
Step 11: Tie the ends in a bow or add a few beads. Done!
Did you notice the tiny hearts on the photo at the very top? Come back soon to see what I am going to do with them and what plans I have for the fabric hearts I have made. Have fun creating!