Easy Peasy Heart Softies

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Easy Peasy Heart Softies

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These Easy Peasy Heart Softies, are perfect for Valentines Day!  They’re super simple to make and a great way to use up scrap fabric.

DIY Heart Softies

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been busy making all sorts of heart-shaped goodies!

easy heart garland

We’ve put together this sweet little V-Day themed vignette on one of the shelves in the playroom.  The kids and I decided it needed a little something else to dress it up.  Some sort of heart garland was the consensus.  (If you like my live, laugh, love printable grab it here.  The be grateful printable is something I printed several years ago from another website and is no longer available.)

Based on what was in my craft room, these little heart softies were born!  They are just a bit of scrap fabric, batting, string and buttons.  (The black and white fabric is left over from the poncho I made for our family photos.)

What’s great about these heart softies is that they’re perfect to string up to make a heart garland and also make a super cute gift topper or ornament!

How to make a heart softie or heart gift topper

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how to make heart garland

 

How to make an Easy Heart Softie

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Heart template => print here
  • basting spray (I bet a glue stick would work too)
  • Scissors
  • basic sewing supplies

Step 1: Print heart template and cut out heart

Step 2: Trace template onto fabric several times.  (You’ll need at least 2 – one for the front and back.)

Step 3: Lay fabric out flat, the side you traced the template on, down. (You might also want to cover your work surface as the spray is sticky if it gets on your table)

Spray the back of the fabric with the basting spray and lay a piece of batting over the fabric. Smooth the batting out, add a bit more spray and lay another piece of fabric on top of the batting, right side up.  You’ll have a little fabric/batting sandwich!  (Just as an FYI, I did try 2 pieces of batting for extra puffiness, but the hearts didn’t turn out as well.)

Step 4:  Take your “fabric sandwich” over to the sewing machine and, with the template side up, sew around the template you traced.  You can use a straight stitch and free motion foot to go around multiple times or use a narrow zigzag stitch.  I tried it both ways and preferred the zig zag.  (This tooth fairy pillow is an example of the free motion/straight stitch.)

Tip: Be sure to use the same color top and bobbin thread so your heart softie will look cute from either direction.

Gently and slowly guide your fabric around the shape.  (Watch the video below to see what I mean.)

Step 5: With a pair of sharp scissors, trim around your stitches as close or as far as you like the look of.  (I did a scant quarter inch.)

You can stop here, but if you’d like to add a string loop for hanging, keep going!

Step 6: Cut a piece of ribbon/string to your desired length.  Depending on what material you use, you can pin it, tie it, tape it – whatever you need to do to hold it in place while you stitch on the button.  (I found it easiest to place the sting where I wanted it, add the button and then use a piece of tape to hold the button in place while I sewed.)

Sew or glue your button in place.  Trim the string/ribbon ends to the desired length.  Use a bit of fray check to keep the edges from fraying. (I tried to get fancy and use my machine to sew the buttons on, but I ended up breaking two needles in the process, so I switched back to my trusty hot glue gun for the rest of the softies!)

how to make a heart garland

That’s it – so cute!

If you end up making a heart softie, be sure to stop by and share a photo to my facebook page or tag me on Instagram!

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These Easy Peasy Heart Softies, are perfect for Valentines Day!  They're super simple to make and a great way to use up scrap fabric, plus they are perfect to make a heart garland or even as a gift topper!

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