Valentine’s day is coming! Today I had to admit that it’s time to finally take down my beloved snowflake garland that hangs in our living room window during and after the Christmas season. It’s time to put up something — anything — that celebrates red, or pink, or hearts, or love, or friendship.
This is what I made this morning: a hanging string of hearts. (I actually made two strings, but only photographed one)Next step will be a garland of hearts to hang horizontally over our dining table. Making these strings took me about an hour, all told, and it was satisfying because I’ve had this in mind for quite a long time. Here’s to realizing ambitions!
Here’s how I made these hearts. I bought a half-price set of cardboard hearts at the local big-box fabric store for about a dollar to use as a template. I could have drawn my own, but from past experience I know that my hearts always turn out very uneven looking. At this time of year, you can find inexpensive hearts to trace at any fabric or crafts store.
I had some double-sided stiff fusible interfacing left over from making a case for my husband’s Kindle. I cut this up into six-inch squares:
I also cut up my red-and-white fabric and a white backing print into six-inch squares, then fused them onto the stiff interfacing. Using a thin black gel pen, I traced around the heart onto the back side of the square.
Then I took them to my sewing machine and sewed the hearts together by stitching a vertical line down the center of each heart. When I reached the bottom point of one heart, I just stitched off it and onto the next one, leaving a little extra thread in between so the hearts would dangle freely.
And that was that! I think I will add a few more hearts to the next strings.
Originally published February 7, 2013.