Heart motifs are everywhere when it comes to Valentine's Day, the fourteenth of February. Hearts adorn Valentine cards, seen tucked onto red ribbon and tied on red roses, encase chocolates in elaborate heart-shaped boxes, fashioned into sweet conversation hearts, and usually in cupids’ site as they aim their magical arrows. The simple heart shape is easy to cut out of fabric scraps, stuff with fiberfill or not, and hand or machine stitch.
Craft a heart garland from your chosen fabric: cut 20 five or six-inch size hearts using pinking or straight sheers. Cut a slit about 1" wide in the middle of 10 of the hearts. To assemble, place one heart shape with and one without the cut slit together. If hand-stitching the hearts wrong sides facing each other, use a contrasting color embroidery floss and either a running stitch or blanket stitch all around the two heart shapes. The fabric hearts can also be placed right sides together then stitch close to the edges, clip curves, turn inside out and press. Insert some poly stuffing though the slit to add dimension, and hand-stitch the slit closed. Hand sew each heart about 3” apart onto a long length of red ribbon.
You can even use the same sewn hearts to make a grapevine or straw heart wreath. Attach hearts all around the wreath form or cluster to one side of the wreath. Add ribbon trim for an endearing wall hanging.
Heart sachets are easy to make. Add an overlay of lace to each heart side before sewing, stuff with potpourri and small amounts of fiberfill stuffing for softness. Trim with bits of ribbon and tiny fabric roses. Heart sachets can be made for lingerie drawers or as ornamentation to adorn wrapped presents.
A heart themed t-shirt or sweatshirt can be made by fusing several overlapping fabric hearts of different sizes and patterns to shirt fronts. Satin stitch or blanket stitch around edges to hold them nicely in place. Make a coordinating hair scrunchie from one or more of the same fabrics for a gift that young girls will love.
Sew a heart-shaped pincushion from fabric scraps of red cotton, wool, felt or velvet. Stuff the pincushion firmly with fiberfill. Make a smaller heart shape to attach with ribbon and filled with emery to keep sewing needles sharp. Emery is a crushed metal grit - the traditional tomato shape pin cushion with its attached strawberry shape is filled with emery is an example. Attach the tiny companion heart with a ribbon to the larger heart. Trim the larger heart with lace, ribbon and tiny satin roses. Add a few straight pins for a great gift for a sewing enthusiast.
Valentine’s Day Notables:
The Valentine's heart-shaped candy box became popular in the late 1800's.
Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine's Day, 1876.
About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year.
The National Confectioners Association predicts 8 billion Conversation Hearts are produced every year with 10 new heart sayings added as well.
Sew happy, sew inspired.