Valentine Hearts to Sew

Valentine Hearts to Sew
The familiar heart shape has long been a symbol associated with affection and love and in contemporary times connected in popular culture to the observance of Valentine's Day. With origins in Western Christian liturgy the day of February 14th commemorates those saints named Valentine.

A few simple ideas to consider sewing the happy hearts:

Shabby chic door wreath or garland strung with fabric hearts. A straw, foam or wire wreath form can be covered with stuffed fabric hearts made of many different coordinating red, white, and pink colors and patterns. Tie with a large burlap bow. The same stuffed hearts can be strung as garland.

T-shirt decoration with several overlapping hearts fused to one shoulder and cascading across and down the t-shirt front is a fun project for a child's Valentine's Day shirt.

Heart sachets or pocket hand warmers. Cut two of the same size fabric hearts, stitch by hand 1/4-inch from the edge using a small running stitch or machine stitch with wrong sides together leaving an opening to fill with scented rice. Hand stitch closed. To make scented rice - fill a canning jar with 1 or 2 cups of uncooked rice then add a few drops of an essential oil, any pleasing fragrance will do. Close tightly and shake occasionally for one day. Use to stuff the fabric heart shape. Microwaveable for a few seconds to warm and release the scent or use in a dresser drawer for long lasting fragrance.

Wall décor. Small stuffed fabric hearts hung vertically spaced one on top of the other, then in several rows using monofilament clear thread or thin fishing wire attached to a driftwood or branch is attractive as a wall décor or to decorate a headboard.

Heart pendant. Small scraps of fabric or felt, embellished with bits of lace, satin ribbon and buttons, then cut and sewn into a heart shape can be a charming quick Valentine's Day gift to make. Cut two of the same size to softly stuff the heart shape with poly fiber fill to add dimension. A satin cord or ribbon with a few beads added completes the charming gift or attach a pin back to use as a broach.

Simple fabric hearts can decorate all manner of things to stitch hearts - onto a baby onesie or on the corner of a soft baby blanket, decorate a baby's bib, applique hearts then fuse several to a plain tote bag, use small felt hearts with a satin cord to tie onto a dining room hanging lamp, or fuse onto kitchen or bathroom hand towels for a cheery look.

Even heart shaped patches on children's leggings or jeans evokes the fun and caring of Valentine's Day.

Sew happy, sew inspired.

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