Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Fuzzy Valentine

I thought it might be fun to have a soft and fuzzy heart on a Valentine and the tutorial further down in the post explains how I made this faux chenille one.

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Stamps (Hero Arts) - Old Letter Writing & Tree Birds and Messages

For the top part of the panel I embossed the Old Letter Writing in white. I spotted a heart in a scrap of patterned paper (sorry it was only a scrap so I don’t have the name of it) and thought it would be nice for the bottom part of the panel. Then I added lots of buttons which had been recycled off old blouses\shirts. The buttons had been threaded with twine or white yarn (coloured with antique linen distress ink). Hopefully the yarn “x”s on some of the buttons look like little kiss signs! The sentiment is stamped with barn door distress ink.

I'm submitting the card into -

Double Dutch Challenge #61 - Love is in the Air.
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #35 - Buttons
Fab'n'Funky Challenge #59 - Tempting Texture

So here’s a tutorial for the heart. Cut 5 assorted pieces of red\pink cotton fabric to the desired size.


Stack the fabrics and tack together (I skipped the tacking bit!) to prevent them shifting while sewing. Then stitch a diagonal line across the middle. I didn’t bother marking lines but you can do so if you wish.


Stitch lines 3/8 inch apart on the diagonal across the whole surface.


Cut through the top 4 layers in the middle of the channels between the stitching.


To fluff up the fabric you can either wash the panel or if you’re keen to go like me fray the raw edges by scraping along them with your fingernails.


Pin one of the heart templates by Shari Carroll from Hero Arts to the fabric and machine stitch around the heart with a very small stitch.


Cut the heart out by snipping as close as possible to the stitched outline without cutting through it.


I was able to cut out two large hearts and two small hearts from the panel I made. I’ve order this Hero Arts sentiment set and will probably use the other hearts with the “sending warm fuzzies” sentiment.

24 comments:

Anette H said...

wow, this is so cool, Heather!!

Patricia said...

so cute i love it =P

Deirdre said...

Heather... this is just amazing. Such work! but what a creation at the end... FAB

Lin said...

Love it, Heather! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Maureen Morton said...

Heather - you are doing tutorials now! What a year for you. I am just tickled pink for all you are doing - and, doing so well. Hugs to you.

Isha said...

Thanks for the Tutorial Heather. Lovely card.

Rosemary said...

what an adorable card, heather! that heart is just amazing! if i had the time and a sewing maching i might give it a try... but i have neither, lol!!

Barb said...

Oh, you are so clever! Just love this, Heather!

Sue McRae said...

What a cool technique Heather! Thanks for sharing!

Virginia L. said...

Amazing!! When I grow up, I want to stitch and sew like YOU!!!!!!!!!

Sharon D from Canada said...

WOW!!!! I love your fuzzy heart, Heather!!! Your technique is amazing!!! Love your card!

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous card Heather, I lOVE your heart what a great idea.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow - amazing fuzzy heart, Heather! Just love it!! And thanks for the tutorial - I had no idea the layered fabrics could turn out like that!!

joy said...

Thanks for the tutorial - love your heart!

Trinh said...

Oh I love this, Heather! Thanks for the tutorial too. Maybe one day when I'm feeling like I can take on the world, I will try it out. If only my handiwork turned out as wonderful as yours!

Dawn said...

very clever Heather... you truly are a "crafter" doing so many wonderful things. The fuzzy heart is lovely.

dustypenny (Joy) said...

Very cool, Heather!

Suzanne said...

Great card and tutorial. Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky x

Tiffany said...

Oh my! thank you for sharing the details on how you made it! I bet kids would love to touch that texture, so pretty!

Simone said...

Wow this is so amazing! Such beautiful detail! :)

CanadianScraps43 said...

Heather I love the texture and depth of this card. So many elements creating so much texture. Wow. Thanks so much for all the details and tutorial. Big Hugs.

Lauren said...

What a lovely card! I love your buttons! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

walchowDesign said...

Wow! This is amazing, Heather! Thanks for sharing this tutorial and the heart is a masterpiece!

Suzanne C said...

Always impressed by your cards and this heart and card is no exception! Beautiful!

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