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I decided to make these cute little fabric hearts as Valentine's gifts this year. I personalized them with the names of my sisters and, of course, my best friend. They were super easy to make, and I'm gonna show you how I did it...
Muslin or plain white fabric
Wonder Under Transfer Web
A decorative button
First, choose your fabric and cut out 2 hearts (front and back) ~ I used a 6-inch heart pan as my pattern...
Next, cut out a smaller heart out of the muslin and lightly write on a name or word in some pretty style of script...
If you have
Using 3 strands of embroidery thread, just use simple straight stitches to fill in the script...I added little french knots, if you don't know how to do this and WANT to know, I'll do my best to explain. :)
Next, you're gonna want to grab your Wonder-Under (from now on referred to as WU)
~ this has nothing to do with fancy undies by the way! ~
Wonder Under is fusible web (use your iron) that makes one piece of fabric stick to another...
Cut out a heart from the WU just a smidgen smaller than your muslin heart...
There will be a smooth paper side and a more textured side. Place your muslin heart face down on the ironing board, and place your WU heart with the textured side toucing the wrong side of your embroidered heart...got it? Iron it with a hot, NO steam iron. This only takes a few seconds.
Let it cool for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, then peel off the paper, making sure the web isn't coming off too.
Now, lay your pretty fabric heart on the ironing board FACE UP. Lay your muslin heart on top FACE UP. Center it, and iron it on in the same manner. Voila! It's on there!
Now for a pretty edge. To get the "blanket stitch" look, I use a "serging" stitch on my machine. Practice this on scrap before you begin, so you know where the edge of the heart should line up under your presser foot. You can do this by hand if you want.
Now place your two pretty heart pieces WRONG SIDES together. Stitch with a regular straight stitch about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge, leaving a small 1 1/2 inch opening to stuff it.
I stitched mine twice to make it darker. :)
Stuff it lightly, not too fat. Stitch the opening closed either by hand or using a zipper foot.
If you have pinking sheers, clip the very edge so it