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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. 🙂
This is one of my very favorite embroidery patterns. It’s so versatile and fun to stitch. I love all the different patterns inside the hearts! You can add a heart to the corner of a tea towel, to the hem of a pair of jeans, to the pocket of a shirt, and more.
Happy February! It’s a lovely time to be thinking about love. 🙂 The pattern for the hearts on the new February 2016 desktop calendar is from the 2015 Valentine’s Day collection, worked in a new color palette for this year – in case you want to stitch up a few lovely hearts for yourself. 🙂
And here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .
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. 🙂
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The final pattern in the Valentine’s Day Collection went out this morning to subscribers. It’s that pretty mug rug in the bottom corner. 🙂
I’m so happy with how this collection turned out! I especially love the gifty nature of all the projects. Hearts are always in season and you could easily change up the colors to make gifts for all kinds of occasions all year long. Housewarming, birthday, Mother’s Day, teacher gifts, you’re-an-awesome-friend gifts – this is a pattern collection you can get a LOT of use out of!
It’s no longer a subscription. If you buy it now you instantly get one file with all four PDFs in it. 🙂
I had planned to make a little wall hanging out of these hearts – the third in the Valentine’s Day collection. But then I decided to make a pretty felt heart pouch instead. Actually – a pair of pretty pouches. 🙂 I filled mine with candy, but they could hold love notes or a small gift too.
As a reminder – for this year’s Valentine’s Day Club I’m showing how to use the pretty hearts in a different felt heart pattern every week.
The first week it was this sweet-smelling sachet.
And then last week I made a pair of pretty coasters.
Now there’s just one heart pattern and project still to come – but it’s not too late to join in the fun! Sign up hereand you’ll get immediate access to the first three projects, plus one more to come next Thursday.
Update – all the patterns have been released now, so when you click that link you get them all in one download. 🙂
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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