Fabric Valentine hearts garland | How About Orange

January 18, 2011

Fabric Valentine hearts garland

I have a big aversion to heart-shaped jewelry, but I don't mind me some Valentine decorations! Using some pieces of stiffened fabric, I made these easy folded fabric hearts. Once the fabric is treated (see here for the how to), it folds beautifully and doesn't fray.

Start by making a set of paper templates. I layered and cut four identical heart shapes, then progressively shaved more off the sides of each one.

Trace the four heart shapes onto the back side of a piece of stiffened fabric and cut them out. Fold all but the largest piece in half, then layer them onto the largest heart. Stitch a seam up the center to create a "book" and tie off each end. Press the folds with an iron if desired. Once the ironed fabric cools, it will hold its shape nicely.

Use these as Valentine package decorations or string them into a garland by running a thread through the bottom-most heart shape.

78 comments:

Katie Truelove said...

Oh so pretty!:)

BonAndChi said...

so pretty and lovely~ :D

Heather said...

It looks great!

Lucila said...

very cute! :) I think I'm going to try that for my office space.

Care said...

Oooooooh!! LOVE! Can you tell us about those fabrics -- especially the left and the right in the last photo?

Jane said...

will def. try out!

Jessica Jones said...

Care, the left and right fabrics are listed here in this collection. Scroll down to find the names and links.

Alexa said...

If I were making a garland, I would stitch the large hearts together and then add the smaller ones. No hand sewing = much quicker + more likely to get done.

Diane B. said...

pretty!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

very very cute! And I am with you on the heart shaped jewelry...don't know why I am against it as much as I am...just don't like it.

Nikki said...

I feel the same way about heart jewelry, but am thinking a teeny tiny gold heart on a chain could be sweet. You know, if my Husband was wondering ;)

Love those fabric hearts and garlands are my weakness.

Jinger said...

Lovely...I need some hearts to hang on my twig tree. You've inspired me. Thanks.

Grandma G said...

You're having a blast with that stiffened fabric, aren't you? And such pretty projects!

Glad I haven't bought you any heart-shaped jewelery (I hope)!

Mum

Katie said...

Such a cute and easy project!

Kathy said...

REALLY enjoying this series of stiffened fabric projects - my kids and I are planning a craft day this weekend to include the box and the hearts - thanks!!

Anne Magee said...

Beautiful!!!!