Jan 11, 2012

Stuffed Heart Banner

Is it too soon to be thinking of Valentine's day?  I've been seeing Valentine's sweets, cards, and other merchandise hitting store shelves for a couple of weeks now, so I can't be too early.

With Valentine's day just over a month away, I thought I'd prepare to add a little dose of sweetness to our living room window.  And what better way to add a cheerful smile than a cushy, stuffed heart banner?  So I gathered up a bit of my scrap felt, some quilt batting, and embroidery floss to get busy.

This simple Valentine's Day decoration came together in less than 45 minutes, so what are you waiting for?

Start by cutting three different sizes of hearts out of paper.  Whatever size you like is just perfect for this project.  Using the paper templates, trace and cut two felt hearts of the largest size, four medium, and four small.

Take two same sized heart cutouts and pin them together.  Thread a needle with embroidery floss, and using a simple running stitch, stitch almost all the way around the heart.  Leave about a 1.5" gap to be able to stuff the filling into your heart.  Do not cut the thread yet.

Fill the felt heart with quilt batting until it's as full and cushy as you desire.  Stitch the heart shut, tie a knot and trim the excess thread.


Repeat with all the felt cutouts.

Once all your hearts are stuffed and stitched, thread a l-o-o-o-n-g piece of embroidery floss onto a needle.  Bring the needle into the center of the length of floss, bring the two ends of floss together and tie them in a knot.  The embroidery floss is now doubled, giving it extra strength and stability for your felt hearts.

In whatever order you desire, push the needle through the stuffed hearts, stringing each one onto the length of embroidery floss.  Cut the string to your desired length and tie each end into a knot or loop to hang the banner from, however you prefer.

There is enough friction between the stuffed hearts and the embroidery floss that you do not need to tie knots between the hearts to keep them in place.  In fact, you can arrange them wherever you like along the line.  You can space them apart, as I did above, or you can squish 'em together, as I did below.

I really like my little banner of hearts, all squishy and soft, just perfect for a lovey-dovey Valentine's Day.

Thanks for stopping in!

Be blessed,

I'll be sharing this project at a few of these fine link parties:


Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Jen this is such a cute little garland! I love what can happen using scraps! Thank you SO much for linking up to the Kiss & Tell party at my place!

Colleen said...

Super cute and I believe even I (a non-sewer) can do this! Thanks for the great inspiration!

New End Studio said...

Another non-sewer here, yes, this is a cute project!

adventuresindinner said...

It's never too early for Valentine's day. Hope that you are able to create something fun to share at my "Get Ready For Romance" party on the 30th.

So glad that you decided to join Pin'Inspiration Thursday this week :-)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I like it lots, too!!! XO, Aimee

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Thanks so much for linking up! Just a reminder also to register for my $50 Stencil Giveaway!

XO, Aimee

Chrissy said...

This is so cute!! I don't sew and I think I may be able to do this!! Thanks for sharing!!

Clairejustine said...

These are so sweet :-)