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Making Crafty Valentines

February 14th 2017

It’s February!

After Christmas, this is my favorite month for creating, sewing, I get so many ideas for making crafty Valentines. I love all the lovely pink and red fabrics that make the sweetest eye candy for any creative project you can think of (or steal from Pinterest).

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There is always such a variety of crafting, wrapping and heart-y goodies in some stores, I find it hard to resist! This loot is from Target dollar bin section.

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 Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always a great “Gal-entine” day celebrating with friends, going to card shops, movies, shopping and getting ice cream. When I was a teacher, it was always a great time making crafty valentines with construction paper in the classroom to put in our special mailbox.

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This year, my bestie from Texas was in town and we shared a crafting day, it’s another great way to spend the day gabbing, painting and creating. This wooden heart was part of my Target loot. We painted them and cut vinyl letters on the Cricut to make this verse, Romans 5:8a. A beautiful mess summercrafter

We made a beautiful mess, a nice memory and a crafty Valentine, such a great time!

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Needless to say, my crafting and sewing for heart day did not end there. I made this cute I Heart You Mini , tutorial and pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I am sending it off to one of my favorite fabric enablers 😉 To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

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After making this, I had planned on making another mini but started playing with scraps to make heart pillows, small ones for doorknobs, sidetracked for sure.

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I knew these babies would get lost in pillow puffiness so I “log-cabinized” them with more scrap pretties. So fun!

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They turned out so cute! All that was missing was some fragrant filler. I’ll have to buy some lavender.

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Then I started toying with more scraps. I sewed 4 random strips together, folded them in half to cut these heart shapes.

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Once I added the batting, I stitched around the outline and instantly loved the result. Why hadn’t I done this before?

Sadly, I sewed them up and sent them away so quickly, I do not have the final product photo to show you. Shame on me! You can be sure they went to good homes and I should have those pics soon.

When Calls the Heart Ornament Craft

November 25th 2015

If you haven’t seen the show When Calls the Heart, you will be wondering “What in the world is she talking about?!”

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When Calls the Heart is a show that airs on Hallmark Channel starring Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing. It appeals to those who love old fashioned romance and values, strong women and an appetite for adventure, it’s a great family show too! It’s got a cast you may be familiar with, more details about the show right here. Season 1 available on DVD and Netflix , Season 2 just released on DVD.

Before it became a hit on TV, it was a book series by Jannette Oak, “a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer era and centered on female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian. ” Quote from Wikipedia.

It’s starting it’s third season this year with a holiday special airing on December 26. The perfect little “pick-me-up” for a day that is usually a downer.

This craft was inspired by Cara who is in the FB group for When Calls the Heart Fans. With her permission, I decided to make my own version and write a tutorial for other #HEARTIES fans to have a go at making their own. NOTE: Supplies listed available at Michaels  and Joann Craft stores or maybe in your craft closet.

This is what you need, please read the list AND look at the picture.

 

JACK: Red and Navy felt for blazer and pants, two black felt scraps 1/2″ x 1″ for shoulders, 8-10″ hanging ribbon, gold sequins for buttons, golden beads for shoulders, 12″ leather cord, *yellow floss if stitching by hand.

ELIZABETH: Ivory and light blue felt, satin light blue ribbon, about 9 inches of lace, 8-10″ hanging ribbon, flowers or bows to embellish and some pearl beads, *ivory floss if stitching by hand.

Also: sewing machine and/or needle and coordinating thread/floss, hot glue gun or fabric type glue, some poly-fil, tracing paper.

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First, start with a heart shape. Draw a line to show the separation between top and bottom of outfits. I did Elizabeth’s a little higher waisted to add skirt detail. PDF availalble here. Cut out heart image from PDF print out. Heart should measure 5 inches at tallest part on top to bottom point. Align on fold of fabric making sure the bottom edge of felt (blue arrow) is 1/4 inch from “Jack” or “Elizabeth” line. (for overlap)

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Repeat for bottom aligning on the fold and to the edge of felt at the top (black arrow). Repeat for Elizabeth heart.

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For Elizabeth sew on two strips of lace and fold inwards at dip in heart as shown below.

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Next see diagram below. To join “top and skirt” step 1. Overlay ribbon at top of blue felt, you may want to pin at edges.  Before sewing, lengthen the stitch and loosen the tension, this will ensure that your ribbon DOES NOT PUCKER and REMAINS SMOOTH. Sew on pearl beads by hand, step 2. Make sure you leave 3/4″ between last pearl and felt edge. **TIP: When you are done sewing on pearls or any embellishment, dab the thread knot with Elmer’s glue. This will make it less likely for the thread to pull through the felt accidentally. Pin the hanging ribbon in place between layers of felt about an inch in before proceeding. Step 3, sew around the heart (start at green arrow) leaving about 1 1/2″ – 2″ opening for filling (stop at red arrow)

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Stuff gently for texture not bulging at the seams, and stitch the opening closed. Hot glue details as desired. I did a bow at neck and flowers at waist.

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For Jacks heart:

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Insert leather strap diagonally between red and blue felt. .Sew across, I used yellow thread. Step 1 in diagram below.

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Once top and bottom are joined, add sequins with thread, step 2, (Remember to add a dab of glue to knots to secure). Pin black rectangles (3b) and hanging ribbon (3c) in place then follow step 3a, start sewing around the heart, stopping at red arrow (3d). Stitch golden beads by starting under flap of black rectangles to hide knots,  sew 3 golden beads on each, trim felt if necessary. Stuff gently with poly-fil, for texture not bursting at the seams. Hot glue the leather strap across waist, trim excess.

I must warn you that once you start making these and think of the other characters, you may go nuts making WCTH crafts like I did.

GENERAL CRAFTING TIPS:  Waist items may be sewn on while you sew around the heart. Vest and suit details and beads should be sewn on before the heart is sewn around. Hot glued details should be done after heart is stuffed and closed.

Hope Valley women

 Henry Gowan…

Gowan heartie craft

 

A fan on the FB group requested Rosemary and Lee.

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So for fun as we wait for the “Christmas in Hope Valley Special Event,” I want to have a giveaway!

Three people will get a chance to win either a Jack and Elizabeth pair of hearties (2 available – you can choose your Elizabeth from the group of female character hearts) or a pair of Rosemary and Lee hearties (1 available). Just leave a comment telling me why you love this show and which crafty hearties you’d like to win. I will do a drawing on December 6 so I can mail them out in time for you to hang them on your tree for Christmas.

Good luck Hearties!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

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And the winners are:

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 An email was sent to the winners. Thanks for your comments!

Love Letter Cushion

February 5th 2014

Another day of Valentine tutorials! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Today’s tutorial is a Love Letter Cushion.

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For this cushion you will need some linen 2 rectangles 8″ x 20″ and enough Jumbo Rick Rack to go around, 60 inches, some decorative beads (optional), printable fabric and a 2″ x 2″ scrap for stamp.

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First print out your return and address labels with whatever message and color you like. **Color was drained when printed, just sayin’.

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Iron on the selected labels to your “envelope” I marked the envelope with invisible ink so they would not catch in the 1/2 inch seam.

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Using a spray baste, I added some batting smoothing it over with the ruler or straight edge to avoid bubbles.

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I even used scrap batting.

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I did a blanket stitch around each label

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and linked heart patterns all over the envelope.

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If it needs a little “bling” like mine did, go ahead and add some, I  added mine after turning it.

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With right sides together, measure and pin the Rick Rack, remember we are using a 1/2 inch seam.

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Pin in place all the way around and leave an opening for stuffing.

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When I got to the corners, I cut the Rick Rack  and started with a new piece for neater corners.

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Before turning, cut off the ends to avoid bulk in the corners.

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Stuff generously with Poly-fil. Closing pillow stitches tell it all! I like to pin the opening closed and stitch that way for more consistent stitches. Use a blending color thread.

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So there is your Love Letter cushion. Another option instead of labels would be to use embroidery! I may try that next year.  The font I used is called Fiolex Girls, complete with hearts!

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Now share them with those you love the most!

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Sheri from Sunshine in the Attic has also joined int he Valentine tutorial fun and she has the cutest projects to share, check it out here!

Valentine Corks

February 2nd 2014

Welcome to day two of the Valentine tutorials. I hope you are learning something new and making your own projects.

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If you happen to collect corks and were waiting for a craft idea to use them, here are a couple I came up with.  If corks aren’t your thing, Sheri has an entirely different project  on her blog and I’ll link to it at the end of this tutorial.

A 3D Valentine.

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And heart to hang and decorate your home.

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These projects are pretty easy and can be as simple or complicated as you like.

Some of the things you’ll need for the 3D Valentine are: 

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Heart doilies

corks

word stickers

glue gun

ribbon

Mod Podge

Card Stock

Patterned/decorative cutting scissors

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First, decide what side of the cork you want to “show.” Corks have a “tainted” side (if it was a good Cabernet-LOL) and a clean side.

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Corks also have vintage years and the name of the wine or vineyard on them. It would matter to my husband so I tried to make the different wine names visible.

First, start with your doily and put whatever accent word you want in the center.

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The center cork of the heart will be the hanging point, so before you start gluing the corks together, make sure you glue the ribbon on and tie it and make sure it’s just how you want it before you continue.

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The doily will guide you to make the heart shape.

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You will add glue to the bottom of the doily as well as the vertical side of the cork. (see below) Press  corks together for a few seconds to secure.

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Continue gluing around until your heart of corks is complete. I used the tainted side, I liked the variation in stain as well as height, when the corks were glued together.  Looks a little “vintage” to me. Pardon the pun.

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Then select a decorated piece of card stock for the base of your Valentine.

Paint your doily with Mod Podge and glue onto your card stock.

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Once they are stuck together you can draw a line about an inch away from the doily to make another heart shape and cut with decorative scissors for texture.

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There. You can write a nice lovey dovey note on the back of the card stock.  I don’t think this Valentine will be getting lost.

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The next project is even easier, what you’ll need besides the corks and hot glue:

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Wide Ribbon and jewels

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For this project I am using the plain side of the corks.

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I am also using a template to guide me in making the heart shape.

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This project is tricky in that you kind of have to glue the corks together “in the air” because you have to line up the edges at the front, which means they will be uneven on the back.

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Once your heart shape is complete, just glue gems onto the cork centers and attach a ribbon around the center of the heart and tie a knot or bow at the top.

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Nothing could be easier. Please add your projects to our Flickr group, I’d love to see what you’ve made!  

Today, I want to introduce you to Sheri from Sunshine in the attic. She has joined me with her own tutorials and you don’t want to miss what she’s been making.

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Please hop right on over here and see how she made this quilted T-shirt. I love that!