Saturday, January 29, 2011
Conversation Heart Banner
As a kid, one of my favorite things about Valentine's Day was getting a little box of Conversation Heart candies. I loved them! (I still do, but roses and chocolates are also nice!)
Here's a simple Conversation Heart banner for Valentine's Day.
What you'll need:
Ribbon for hanging
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Water soluble pen
Heart pattern (I used the "Cookie" pattern from a previous project, pattern can be found here.)
Ok, print out your pattern and cut it out. Using a permanent marker or water soluble pen, trace your pattern onto the felt. You can fit 6 hearts total onto a sheet of 9" x 12" felt (which will end up being 3 hearts on your banner).
Cut out your hearts (making sure to cut just inside the lines if you use a permanent marker). There are yellow hearts pictured above, but in the end I decided not to use them.
Using a water soluble marker, write your message onto one of the hearts.
Here are the expressions I used:
Now, embroider your message. I used a simple back stitch. But you can do whatever you like.
Remember to only put messages on half of your hearts. (The other half will be the back side of the banner.)
Now, take the plain hearts and pin them to the ribbon (ribbon on top) - spacing them as you like.
Sew the ribbon to the hearts. If there's a gap between your hearts (like there is with mine) and you don't want your thread to be seen, you'll have to sew on each heart separately.
Once all of the back hearts are basted on, pin on the front conversation heart (matching front and back colors).
Sew around the heart about 1/4" to 1/8" away from the edge. Do this for each heart, using a coordinating color thread. (Tip: Sew all of the same color hearts, then switch your thread to another color and sew all of those next, etc...)
Use a scissors to trim any parts where the hearts don't perfectly overlap. And then hang your banner!
Happy Sewing and Happy Valentine's Day!!