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Make Your Own Christmas Hanging Heart Decoration

Make Your Own Christmas Hanging Heart Decoration

Avoid Christmas panic –  make your own hanging heart decoration, or use one of our kits that has everything you need ready for you. The hearts you make, or the kits, are great stocking fillers or Christmas Eve box gifts.

In this blog I list the resources to gather from your supplies, give you a heart template to download & print, show you how to make a hanging heart and give you details of another free festive decoration tutorial, as well as a blog reader discount at my Etsy shop, Helen Moyes Designs.

Hanging Hearts are so versatile, and depending on the textiles used are lovely for all seasons: Christmas, Winter Cheer, Valentines, Easter, Spring …

Hanging heart decoration can be hung on a tree at Christmas, on a twig arrangement or on doors. they make a lovely stocking filler gift

Your DIY  hanging heart decoration can be personalised in many ways … I love combining stamping with stitch, stamping a name or sentiment on some calico.

What You need:

2 pieces of felt 13 x 13 cm

piece of printed fabric 13 x 13 cm

20 cm ribbon or cord

button

plain fabric, inkpad and stamps for personalised embellishment – optional

hollowfibre filling

needle and thread

scissors

scent – optional

What you do.

Use the heart template to cut out 2 felt hearts and one cotton print heart.

You can print my template for your hanging heart decoration.

Click here to download heart template

Taking just the cotton print heart you have made, secure the thread in the centre with a couple of small stitches. Put the needle up through the small felt heart and one of the holes of the button. Take the neele and thread back down through the other hole of the button and repeat a couple of times.

Secure on the wrong side with another couple of small stitches. This is the stage it is easiest to add any personalised embellishment too.

Layer the 3 heart pieces with the print upermost.

Fold the ribbon in half and tuck the ends into the top of the heart. Secure with a couple of stitches, and test it with a little tug.

Using running stitch, sew from the top of the heart up and around the curve, down to the bottom point and then back up the other side, to 1 cm to the second curve. Secure the thread with a small stitch.

Use the hollow fibre filling poking it into the inside the heart, as evenly as possible. A pencil can help with this.

If you would like some scent, add some dried fragrant petals, such as lavender, or a couple of drops of essential oil to the hollowfibre.

Complete the running stitching back to the centre top and secure with another couple of little stitches.

Hang your completed hanging heart decoration with pride.

Hanging heart Kits

If you would like a kit to make a hanging heart decoration (available in three designs) then please go to my Etsy shop. 

I offer to save you time, stress and money:

  • gift wrapping service (small extra charge)
  • I will send your purchace to your recipient with a greeting (free service)

I also have another DIY Christmas presents hanging kit available at my Etsy shop.

Reader offer.

And as a blog reader you can use the code HCBLOG at the checkout for 20% off any orders from my Etsy shop over £10.

DIY Christmas tree decoration tutorial.

You might also be interested in another of my Christmas decoration tutorials

What are your hanging decoration makes? Please share them with us below. I love to hear about others craftyness!

Enjoying My Textile Art Landscapes

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This Summer my Landscape Textile Art cards have been popular, especially on the cream card. These are available at my Etsy Shop Helen Moyes Designs

I have started to produce Card Kits so that others can get creative with (most) of the necessary materials to hand. These will be available in October.

I thought I would share with you here the process of making up the cards so that if, like me, you have lots of fabric scraps you could have a go yourself.

I love to produce sky effects with two of my favourite materials: tyvek and brusho paints.

Made from 100% polyethylene, Tyvek® can be used to create many unique surface effects. It shrinks and bubbles when heat is applied – which is another story I will save for another time. Tyvek produces interesting distressed/3D effects when used with a heat gun, can be moulded, overprinted and layered. I use different weights of Tyvek for different textile art. I cover  the different uses in my popular Paint and Stitch workshop. Future workshops can be seen on my facebook page.

Tyvek Paper

For the landscape sky,  I like the stability of Tyvek Heavy Weight Paper

You may have a tyvek envelope that has been sent to you that you can open up and upcycle!

BrushoImage

Brusho® is a non toxic,  water-based paint medium. It’s super-highly-pigmented, unpredictable and it’s bags of fun to paint with and you only need a small amount as it goes a long way. I use it on paper, fabric as well as on tyvek. It works really well on watercolour paper. It is made in Sheffield by Colourcraft.

I wet the tyvek paper and then sparingly sprinkle on some brusho powders. You can use a brush to alter the spontaneous design.

When dry, cut the painted tyvek the right size for a third of the card design. The size will depend on the size card you use and how much of the card front you want to have as textile. The card border really adds to the finished design so don’t make your textile too big!
I use a piece of calico as the base for the land and attach this to the tyvek sky with a row of stitch.

Another textile art material I love to use are silk carrier rods. Again I buy local

silk carrier rod

Silk carrier rods are a by-product produced during the silk reeling proces, They come in lots of different colours, including varigated, which I also use in my art and workshops. They contain the natural gum which makes them quite rigid, but they can be split down into thinner layers which are more pliable. Put the piece of natural silk carrier rod into water to soak.

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This will be used for clouds later.

Layer different textile pieces to create a landscape.

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Audition pieces until you are happy with the effect.
Choose appropriate threads. As a minimum use a green for the land and a whitish one for the sky. I love to use embroidery threads, especially varigated ones.

Sew along one of the layered fabric pieces, to join it to the calico base. I usually start at the horizon.
When you reach the side, turn around and come back, incorporating more pieces as you move down the picture.
You can stitch by hand or by machine.

 

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Trim the sides You can use the off cut to add depth in the foreground as shown

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Take the silk carrier rod from the water and gently tease it out to create wispy pieces that can be used for clouds.

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I also use some sheep wool that I collect from barbed wire when out on walks. Arrange these and stitch down.

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Add some details, such as trees, using small scraps of fabric and stitching. Variegated thread and different kinds of stitch can produce good details.

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When your design is finished, apply double sided tape or glue to the back and attach to the front of the card. Don’t forget to initial your design!

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I would really like to see your textile landscapes and to hear how you get on. Please comment below or email me.