Valentines Day is not long away… and each year I like to make a craft with the girls that will make our home look a little more ‘loved up’! Last year we made salt dough hearts which we painted and hung in a garland. This year, as Ava had been showing a real interest in sewing, I thought it would be fun to come up with a project which would incorporate some sewing.
I was also inspired by the famous E.E. Cummings poem:
I carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
And a cool bird mobile in the book, The Crafty Kid.
1. To begin with you’ll need: 2 pieces of florists wire (approx 45cm in length), ribbon (approx 1m), 2 pieces of felt (measuring about 10cm square), embroidery cotton, bakers twine, a needle, pins, stuffing, buttons and other embellishments.
2. First, join the two pieces of floral wire at both ends, and make a heart shape.
3. Starting at the bottom of the heart, wrap your ribbon around the florists wire. (I secured both ends of ribbon with a little washi tape).
4. Using the florists wire heart as a guide, cut two matching hearts out of your felt pieces that will fit inside the larger wire heart.
Ava really loved choosing where to place the buttons and felt flowers. Her favourite part of the whole craft was sewing those embellishments onto the heart!
5. Using your embellishments (in our case buttons and felt flowers), arrange them on to one of the felt hearts.
6. Sew each of the embellishments on.
7. Using a running stitch, sew the two felt hearts together. Leave a gap of around 4cm at the top of the heart and fill the heart with stuffing. Now, complete sewing the two hearts together.
8. Finally, attach the felt heart to the centre of your wire heart with a little bakers twine, so that the felt heart hangs within the wire heart. You can then attach a ribbon to the wire heart and hang the finished mobile from a window, or the front door – really wherever takes your fancy!!