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  • Sweet Felt Heart Hangers for Valentine’s

    Leisure Arts in-house designer, Becky, has really embraced the whole concept of Valentine’s Day designs this year. She just showed me the Sweet Felt Hearts Hangers she made at home last night. Aren’t they cute???

    She used really nice felted wool for the hearts and flowers (you can just use regular craft store felt or fabric if you like), a button as a flower center, embroidery floss to embellish the front and to stitch the front and back together, and a length of ribbon for each hanger to hang from. You’ll also need polyester fiberfill or potpourri to stuff your hanger with.

    1. Your hearts can be any size you want. Just create your own heart pattern, pin it to the felt, and cut it out. You’ll need two felt hearts for each project.

    2. Then embellish the front of your hanger with felt flowers, leaves, a button, and embroidery stitches like French knots, backstitch, blanket stitch, and running stitch as desired.

    3. Starting at the top of the design, use blanket stitches to sew the front and back hearts together. When you get to the top center, stuff your project with fiberfill or potpourri, fold the ribbon length in half, place the ribbons ends inside the hearts, and continue stitching—being sure to catch the ribbon ends in the stitching to secure the hanger.

    Thanks for sharing your idea Becky! These pretty hearts would make quick, yet thoughtfully handmade little gifts for your favorite Valentines.

  • A Redwork Valentine

    Need a quick but special (meaning handmade) Valentine's gift? Grab a copy of Happiness and Cheer Redwork Through The Year for a precious vintage redwork embroidery Valentine’s pattern.

    This sweet project by designer Dolores Storm of Lakadaisies works up fast using only backstitches and French knots with red embroidery floss on any light-colored, light- to medium-weight fabric.

    It’s easy to finish, too! Simply place it in a purchased frame or hem the edges and use four buttons to attach it to a store-bought pillow for the perfect Valentine’s present.

    If you fall in love with the beauty and ease of redwork embroidery, Happiness and Cheer Redwork Through The Year from Leisure Arts also features patterns for Easter, May Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more!

    Happy Stitching!

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