Thursday, 5 February 2015

Love is in the Air- Valentines Banner Tutorial

So, truth be told, I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day.  It's not the sprit of the day, per say, more a dislike of the tacky commercialism.  I'm a fan of the handmade card and home cooked meal, which probably doesn't surprise you.  I've never decorated for this holiday- mostly because it's very American thing to do, decorate for each holiday, but for fun this year I thought I'd make something to enjoy the day!  This is a super simple activity, I finished in a couple hours, including stopping to take photos.  I've stick with pinks and reds, but this was look equally awesome in rainbow colours!

You will need-
4 Pieces of felt in different colours, 9"x9" or a piece in each colour you want, should you opt for rainbow hearts!
Length of ribbon 1.5m
Embroidery Thread
Sewing Needles
Fabric Scissors
Pen and Paper
Toy Stuffing

Step One
Make yourself a heart template- draw half a heart on your paper, fold it in half and cut it out to ensure you get an evenly shaped template.

Step Two
You'll want to cut out 2 felt hearts for each of finished hearts on the ribbon- for this colour way I cut four from the red and the pinks and two from the cream.  I found that the best way to cut hearts out of the felt with minimal waste is to place the templates in the corner, as such- this way you can get 4 out of the smallest pieces of felt.

Step Three
Using a running stitch sew around the outside of the hearts, sandwiching the ribbon between the two felt pieces as you go.  Stop a couple of inches before you reach the beginning so you can stuff them.  Tear of your stuffing in to small pieces (I stole mine from an old throw pillow) and push it in the hole you've left.  Once it's to your liking, finish the running stitches and tie off the end.  You might want to even out the filling once it's sewn up so it looks even.

Step Four
Rinse and repeat- sew the next heart on 10 cm away from the first, repeating the above step, until you've got all your hearts lined up.

Step 5
Loop the ends of your ribbon and stitch down to secure.  I find this make hanging things like bunting so much easier! 

and Voila! 

Happy Valentines Day all, may you spend it with those who love you.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely, I may have a go at this ready for next weekend!


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