Monday, January 25, 2010
Heart to Heart: Back to Back Valentine's Day Crafts and Some Companion Books
I am considering hosting an all ages craft get-together next month, and I wanted to test out an idea today.
I raided our craft supplies and my sewing room to put together a basket full of pink and red items -- stickers, scraps of paper and fabric, markers, glitter glue, ribbon, buttons, etc.
When he finished, I added a clothespin and a pipe cleaner and hung it up.
Selvage Heart Pillow
As he was collaging his heart out (ha! sorry), I started thinking... Quite awhile ago, I discovered and subscribed to Karen Griska's blog. Karen is the author of Quilts from the Selvage Edge, and her blog is really fun and inspirational. Ever since I first glanced at it, I have been meaning to do a selvage project of some kind. After trying it today, I will definitely be making more. I am hooked!
First, I hunted through my fabric stash for pink and red selvages. My son was quite helpful with this task. Although it is generally not recommended because it can distort the fabric, I just snipped the edge and ripped my selvages right off. I must admit: I love the sound of tearing fabric.
Next, I took a piece of thin white fabric and drew a heart on it. I cut the heart out. Here is a photo of the heart, along with my pile of selvages.
I played with the selvedges, laying them over the piece of fabric in an arrangement I liked.
Then I stacked them so I would remember the order, brought them to my sewing machine, and sewed them on using the method described at selvedgequilts.com. I LOVE this method. It was so incredibly easy and fun. I finished the entire pillow in about an hour. Once I had sewed all of the selvages together, I flipped it over and trimmed the edges to get it back into a heart shape. It looked like this.
Next, I cut out a backing, and sewed the two pieces right sides together, leaving a small opening for turning the finished shape inside out. Then I filled it with polyester stuffing and hand sewed my opening shut.
I think next time (I can't wait to make more of these!), I'll do circle or square shapes, because I found it a bit finicky to get the heart shape just right, and I could do removable (washable) covers with pillow forms if I use more standard shapes. Still, I totally heart my new pillow! I am very glad that I started working on small sewing projects over the last few months. They are much more manageable with a two year-old at my ankles, and I love the thrill of a finished project, no matter how small.
I haven't gotten any Valentine's Day books yet this year, but here are a few love-focused ones we have enjoyed in months past.
I Love You Through And Through
Mommy Loves Me
Daddy Loves Me
Never Too Little to Love
Do you have any Valentine's Day or love-centric children's books that you would like to recommend? Would you like to share links to favorite Valentine's Day crafts that you have been up to or are planning in the coming weeks? Have you made a selvage project? (If not, what's stopping you?!)