Today’s DIY is really easy and can be used to decorate almost anywhere in your home.
These padded fabric hearts are so versatile: you can make them in any colour scheme you like… so you don’t have to make them just for Christmas!
You will need:
Fabric samples in your choice of colour/pattern (John Lewis let you order up to 5 swatches online for free… I managed to get 18 hearts out of them! I also used plain hessian for the backing of the hearts)
Padding (I used some wadding from Fabric Land… but you can pretty much use anything: cotton wool, screwed up tissue paper or newspaper would work)
Heart shape stencil
How to make:
1. Print off a heart shaped stencil and use it to cut out heart shapes from your fabric
2. Cut out smaller heart shapes from your padding to go inside the hearts
3. Layer together: backing fabric, padding, length of string in a loop for a handle, top fabric. Pin together.
4. Using a basic blanket stitch (instructions here), stitch round the outside of the heart shape, keeping the padding in the middle.
5. Tie a bow with string around the handle of the heart for extra decoration.
6. Hang your padded heart on your tree or around your home.
Tip: you could try making scented hearts by putting drops of essential oils on the padding inside the hearts!
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