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Crochet these fun hearts!
What’s better than hearts for Valentine’s Day? This pattern contains instructions for 3 sizes of stuffed hearts! The small measures 2.5 inches tall, the medium is 5 inches tall, and the large is a whopping 7 inches tall!!
These hearts are adorable plush decorations on their own… but the medium size is specially designed to turn any FreshStitches amigurumi into a Valentine’s Day amigurumi!
Here you can see the same Owen the Monkey with the three different size hearts. 🙂
Mollie from Wild Olive knows how excited I am about her new book, Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big and Small. I’ve got it in my hot little hands right now and there will be a full review coming in a couple of weeks after I have a chance to make a project from it. In a nutshell – it’s exactly as fabulous as I thought it would be!
In the meantime, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this Valentine’s Day blog hop in celebration of the new book. Mollie is giving away a few special patterns that are like the patterns you’ll find in the book – but completely new and getting ready for Valentine’s Day. And a few bloggers got to play with them first!
I chose this little otter/ferret. 🙂
Mollie thinks of him as a ferret – I think of him as an otter. My way I get to make a terrible otter pun. 🙂
I immediately saw that envelope as a 3D pocket, with the whole thing appliqued in felt – so that’s what I did!
Tuck a bit of the ears and tail behind the body, and then whipstitch all around each piece. A tiny dab of fabric glue on the back of each piece holds them in place while you stitch. No irritating pins to grab your thread!
Now add the envelope. I traced it as one piece so I could fold it into a little pocket. Flat it looked like this. . .
And then I folded it and stuck it on the otter like this. . .
Stitch all the way around the outside edge of the envelope.
Next I added his paws so it looks like he’s holding the envelope instead of having it float in front of him. 🙂
Just cut them out, stick them in place, and stitch them down. They’re tiny. 🙂
Print them out at 100% size (or whatever size you like). I really like using freezer paper for small pieces like this. Just iron it down to the felt, cut out the shape, peel off the paper and reuse it for the next one.
For each disc, cut out two large circles, one small circle, and one heart. I used lovely wool felt scraps for all of mine. (If you want your discs to have hearts on both sides, just cut out two of everything.)
For each foot of garland you’ll need 9 finished discs.
Stack one large circle, one small circle, and one heart.
Blanket stitch around the heart, stitching through all three layers of felt.
Blanket stitch around the smaller circle.
You’ll be stitching through two layers of felt.
Layer the second large circle on the back of the disc and blanket stitch around the edge of the two layers.
Now you won’t see the back of any of your embroidery. Neat and tidy!
Make as many discs as you want.
Each foot of garland needs 9 finished discs.
Find a needle that’s longer than your disc is wide. Cut a length of stringing cord - I used one yard of pretty baker’s twine.
Thread the needle with the cord.
Thread the needle between the two layers of felt, stringing the disc onto the cord.
Continue adding discs until your garland is finished.
Admire your work! Isn’t it pretty?
Now hang it somewhere where it will make you smile every time you see it. :)
Stitch up some love!
Have a great day, everyone!
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