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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!

Christmas Crafting – free tutorial for eco craft

It’s been too long, and Advent is almost here, so here’s a free tutorial for easy eco Christmas crafting !

I have had to spent so much time in the dentist’s chair, lost too much sleep and not been up to doing much. But I was recommended a brilliant endodontist (no I hadn’t heard of them before) and am now pain free and smiling again (except when I look at my credit card bill!)

 

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Two things together that make me really happy are sewing and re-purposing. I have a collection of plastic bottle tops in a dish on my kitchen windowsill, so after giving them a wash (net bag in with dishwasher cycle works well) I set about geting both creative and festive with 15 of them.

Here is my  free tutorial for eco Christmas Crafting:

helen-moyes-designs-textile-bottle-top-christmas-1This easy Christmas crafting idea makes either a trivet or a hanging decoration. If you are going to make  a trivet, you need to make sure the 15 bottle tops are the same depth, but for the hanging, it doesn’t matter.

Draw around the top of the bottle tops onto wadding (batting) and cut out these circles. it is not essential, but easier, to glue these wadding discs onto the top of the tops.

helen-moyes-designs-textile-bottle-top-christmas-2 If you are making a trivet, you may want to use metalised heat resistant wadding.

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I had been given some Christmas fabric, but this crafting also works well with lots of different fabric scraps. Make some circles by drawing around a circular object.

Sew running stitches around each fabric circle with strong thread. Place the wadding downwards on the wrong side of the fabric circle and draw up the running stitch. Keep the bottle top centred, and pull the stitches up tight.

Depending on the size of your bottle tops and the object you draw round, you will get a completely gathered up back, or one you take the thread across.

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Place the fabric covered tops top down and Sew them together where they meet. as shown.

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helen-moyes-designs-textile-bottle-top-christmas-5Consider your layout of the different fabrics, there is no right or wrong arrangement, just one pleasing to you!

Check how stable the arrangement is. Some tops will need some extra stitches on their sides to create a design that holds together really well.

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Once you have all 15 tops sewn together in a triangle, use as a trivet …

helen-moyes-designs-textile-bottle-top-christmasor sew a ribbon to a corner to make a festive decoration.

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I would really love to see your festive creations. you can contact me through email,
in the comments below, or here

For another Christmas crafting idea, I have produced some really easy Christmas Gift Decoration Kits which are available from my Etsy shop 

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I have also got a Sunday afternoon Christmas Sewing workshop
this coming weekend.

Happy festive fun! x