Homespun Hearts Part II

In case you’re curious, here’s the backside of the two hearts I posted yesterday. They’re hand-stitched and really so easy a child could make one. In fact one of these would be a perfect gift for a teacher.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I used plain muslin for the backsides. That somewhat uneven tan running stitch is how I attached the back to the front. I stitched it right sides together and left the raw edges exposed.  I don’t figure they’ll see a lot of use so I think the raw edges will be OK.

I stuffed it tight. I crammed it with fiberfill and closed it up one stitch at a time.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I used white thread and stitched the lace to the front. I stitched along the original seam to reinforce it. When I finished I attached a loop of ribbon for a hangar.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I attached the buttons on the front as a final touch. Don’t trim the lace “to fit” until you stitch it on. You’ll have to gather and pleat the lace around the curves and corners, so don’t trim it until you get it all attached.

That’s all there is to it.

Enjoy.

Jan

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Homespun Hearts

How’s this for stash management?

I made these hearts with scraps of home decorating fabric, wedding lace, and vintage buttons. I even stitched them by hand. Whipped them up in an evening during a few hours of TV.

They would be nice on a Christmas tree, but alas, they did not get that far. They are still hanging where I left them just after I took these pictures.

Two Scrappy Shabby Hearts on JanMadeIt

I’d had this scrap of cotton lace forever. The way the ends were unraveling I tend to think it was handmade. It was only about 15-ish inches long so it was never enough to do anything with until now. I think I have about three inches left. It’s still in my stash.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I changed the shape for this heart of sturdy upholstery cotton. I paired it with a delicate lace, which appears to be machine-made. I have no idea what kind it is.

I finished off both hearts with a few vintage Mother-of-pearl buttons. I love sorting through my button boxes.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

Both hearts have satin ribbon ties for hanging on a tree, or a door knob, or anywhere you think they’d be cute.  You could fill them with lavender and make a sachet to put in a drawer or hang in the closet. You could also fill them with rice and after a zap in the microwave keep them in a pocket to warm your hands in this crazy cold winter.

So I didn’t make much of a dent in my stash, but I didn’t buy anything to make these either. I probably have enough fabric and random lace to make a dozen or more of these.  And of course they’d all be different. They would be part of a very pretty rustic farmhouse holiday style.

They could also tag a Valentine’s day gift, adorn a flower arrangement, or hang from a wreath. Put a little pocket on the back and they could be the package for a very small Valentine’s gift.

Any other ideas on how to put these to use?

I could make some templates if anyone wants them, but these are pretty easy to make freehand. Do it just like in grade school. Fold the fabric in half and then cut a curve around it . You can even practice with paper first if it makes you feel better. And then you can use that paper for a pattern if you like it.

Easy peasy.

Hope you’re all staying warm.

Jan

A Springtime Garden Wreath

It’s taken me a few weeks to stitch up a pile of flowers, but here they are.  All bright and cheery on the front door.

Spring Wreath on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

There are roses, and daisies, and all sorts of generic ruffledy flowers, along with a collection of generic leaves in a variety of greens.

I covered a Styrofoam wreath with dark green felt, just using straight pins to hold it in place, and then used more pins to randomly attach the flowers. It was a little harder to be “random” than one would expect, but I think I managed to make the colors flow from one shade to the next in a pleasing way.

I took this picture at an angle to keep the fill flash from reflecting back at me and creating a hot spot on the glass. I just now noticed that angle exposed the green felt and the pins I used to assemble the wreath. Oops.  Guess I should have crocheted a few more leaves and flowers.

I found dozens of free patterns for crocheted flowers and leaves online and after I made a few of them I started winging it and making my own.

My plan is to go into more detail and about these flowers and provide links for the flowers I made, and directions on how I made the others. However, last night I made a list of the projects in progress just within sight of my bedside table and came up with 16 projects or parts of projects.

Today I checked off,

  • Finish Spring Wreath
  • Attach wire hanger to the back of the wreath
  • Hang wreath and photograph it
  • Post wreath online.

So I’ll do my best to keep my focus on these flowers for a few more days before I move onto the next thing.

By the way, this is the third wreath I’ve made this year with this same Styrofoam form and straight pins. I made one for Valentine’s Day and then took that apart and made another for St. Patrick’s Day.

Valentine's Wreath on JanMadeItSt. Patriock's Day Wreath on JanMadeItAfter I took the pictures, we added a few little stuffed hearts to hang inside the Valentine’s wreath. I used a collection of 4-inch squares intended for a pixelated heart quilt. These were spare parts for the little quilt that also needs to be on my list of things to finish.

The St. Pat’s wreath was wrapped with green tulle flocked with shamrocks. I paid $2 a yard on the clearance table at Joann’s. It was from the 2016 season. The green net with gold trim has been in my stash for years. I think it came from my grandmother. It was paired with matching gold trimmed red net in a box with Christmas decorations.  But the green was perfect for this wreath too.

Now the 4-inch squares are back in a box with my ready to assemble pixelated heart quilt; and the green tulle and trim is folded neatly in a gallon-size storage bag waiting for another project. As it gets closer to Memorial Day I’ll come up with a Patriotic sort of idea I can use through the 4th of July.

It’s so much trouble to make, or buy, and then store “regular” wreaths. I decided to use this same form all year. The parts are easily stored for another project or the same wreath next year.

So in a few months I’ll be looking for things that might need a crocheted flower or two. I’ll have plenty.

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