Sunday, January 5, 2014

Starched Hearts

I wanted to make some burlap heart ornaments for Valentines Day, but didn't want them to unravel when handled (I'm putting these in my store). I also wanted them to be simple and easy.

I just made paper templates of the size heart I wanted, these are 5 1/2" high and about the same at the widest. The top heart is actually cut from a remnant of 2 1/2" wide lace edging. Under that is a layer of iridescent sheer fabric. 
The following tutorial (my first) is how I went about it.

Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap, this really helps with removal and best done before you have starchy hands. I poured a very small amount of liquid starch into a pie dish, just use something that is big enough to hold the heart. Dipped both sides, used my fingers to squeegee the excess off. Laid them each one by itself on the prepared cookie sheet and then dabbed more excess starch off with paper towels. I let these dry overnight.

I used Liquid Stitch to adhere the layers together. Then used a piece of unraveled burlap string threaded through a tapestry needle to secure the button. I sewed front to back then to front, tied a knot at the button and held both pieces together and tied another knot at the top end.

I am going to make more using eyelet, lace and muslin with the burlap.  And the very cute bird fabric (that I've been hoarding forever) is going to be the top layer of burlap and ticking hearts. These can be made bigger, smaller, more embellished. Whatever YOUR HEART desires!!!

There are other products out there that could be used - this is what I had on hand when inspiration struck at 10:30 PM.

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  1. These are so darn cute and clever. I can see stars or stockings for Christmas too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are really cute. I might make some for our store windows. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing again at Vintage Inspiration Party. So cute!!


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