I started making these little "bee-hearts" and as I finished each one, I put it in this white wooden bowl. Whenever I make more than one thing, I like to line up all my "creations" so I can look at them and get a... a... a sense of accomplishment- yes, that's what it is.
Dear Hubby saw them and asked what they were. I said "Are you asking me why I'm sewing hearts out of a dirty coffee stained towel?" He said "No, I think they look nice".
I'm not quite done with them, but I thought maybe you'd like a quick tutorial on making them- they are pretty simple, you can probably just LOOK at them and figure it out- but I think there are so many possible variations that maybe they'd inspire you to make one...or a bowlful.
I used a wooden craft heart and a pencil to trace a heart on my fabric. I know they make special pencil for drawing on fabric, but I didn't have one, and I've got kind of a dirty look going on anyway so, I wasn't too worried about it.
The fabric I used is a heavy dish towel. Remember when I was coffee dying all those lace bags? This is the towel that I used to blot the bags and clean up any spills. Even after repeated washings, it still had an uneven coffee stain look to it- I thought it was perfect for this project.
Layer the fabric with the traced heart on top of another piece of fabric and start stitching. I suggest starting your stitching in the lower right hand corner because it will make stuffing the heart easier later on. I used three strands of embroidery floss. and my stitches are about 1/4" long.
You don't have to cut or tie off your thread- just leave it on the needle.
Note: If you decide to make more than one heart, assembly line style- don't do all your pinking in one step. Maybe I just have bad pinkers, but I thought it was HARD- and I have blisters to prove it. Definitely take a break in between pinking your hearts.
I swear, a bag of this can last me forever- I take a few handfuls out, put the bag back in the closet, and the bag is full the next time I go to use it. It must grow while it's in the closet.
Stuff your heart and pick up your already threaded needle and finish your stitching.
Other ideas- sew on a ribbon for hanging, embroider a name, use to tie on a package, pastel hearts in an Easter basket... any other ideas?