Valentine’s Day Softie Heart Tutorial

So Valentine’s Day is only a week away and I thought I would share this very quick and easy project for you to make.  Its a cute little Valentine’s Day Softie Heart!  Give it to someone you love, hang it on the kids bedroom doors or make a few to hang around the house to let your family know you love them this Valentine’s Day!

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Click HERE to download the pattern template.

Materials:

5” x 11” Red Felt

Scrap of White Felt

Scrap of Black Felt

9” Red Ribbon

Black & White embroidery thread

Polyester Fibre fill – stuffing


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Instructions:

Print off your pattern template HERE and cut out the shapes.  Then pin these onto felt and carefully cut out the shapes.

You will need:

2 x Heart shapes

2 x Eyes

2 x Pupils

You will also need to cut a 9” piece of ribbon.

 

 

 

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Take one of your heart shapes and your piece of ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half (wrong sides together) and place the edge of the folded ribbon at the ribbon placement make on one of your heart shapes.  Pin it in place.

Take it over to your sewing machine and sew a couple of stitches at this ribbon placement mark to hold it in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now fold the ribbon up in the middle of the heart and place your other heart shape over the top of this (so the ribbon is on the inside) and pin it together.

Mark the section to leave open and then sew the heart shapes together using a ¼” seam allowance.  Make sure you leave the section open so you can turn it out the right way.

Carefully clip the curves and then turn it out the right way through your turning gap.

Stuff firmly to give it a nice shape and then fold in your seam allowance on the turning gap and hand stitch it together.  I like to use a ladder stitch to do this.

Now take your Eyes (in white felt) and place them into position (referring to the pattern template for placement).  Using 2 strands of white embroidery thread, blanket stitch the Eyes to the heart (Keep white thread attached – you will use it to make highlights in the pupils later).

 

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Place pupils into position on the eyes and using 2 strands of Black embroidery thread, blanket stitch them into place.

Now mark your mouth (using dressmakers chalk/washable marker) and then back stitch the mouth using 2 strands of black embroidery thread.

Go back and take your white embroidery thread and make two small stitches in the top outer corners of your pupils for highlights.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Enjoy!

 

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