Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love is in bloom

Sometimes I need an excuse to make something make something decorative for my house. I don't do alot of "selfish sewing" or crafting for that matter. I was asked to make center pieces for a church function...a gathering of ladies...I was sent several links to web picks with twigs and hanging hearts, since the theme was Valentines Day it seemed appropriate. Of course I had to change it up a little, make it my own. My intent when going to the fabric store was to find simple valentine holiday cottons with hearts but when I got there their clearance table was all marked down to $2.95 of lower! When I found this fabulous wool fabric normally $30+ dollars a yard I couldn't help myself and abandoned all notions of using novelty cottons.

Once I had the victories shopping trip complete it was time to get my hearts underway.

All you need is:

cotton batting
thread (I used a heavier weight thread for impact)
 These hearts are as simple as 1, 2, 3.

1. cut the hearts from fabric and batting, 2 fabric pieces for each batting piece.
2. pin in ribbon loop.
3. sew around the edges about 1/8 in from the edge.

Then onto the jars.
I painted the canning jar with chalky paint, Micheal's has quite a few options in chalky paints, at least 3 brands and about a dozen or so colors. After the pant dried I hit the high points with a little sand paper and gave the jar a distressed look. I filled the jars with twigs and tied some of my favorite May Arts ribbons around the neck. Grossgrain Stripe, Velvet and Crochet lace.
They looked awesome on the tables at the event and now I have this cuteness at my house! 
win win win

What shall I hang from the branches next?


  1. Well this tree is just darling.Im not a sewer but seeing all the different things makes me want to learn . Blessed . Day

    1. Valerie I am so pleased you are feeling inspired to learn to sew. Small simple projects like this are a great place to start it gives you a chance to get to know your machine. stay tuned for more starter projects I am working on a start sewing series with fun simple projects.