Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Heart Beats" Valentine Bookmark Tutorial

Here are the "Heart Beats" that I made for my Valentine swap I told you about a few days ago!  I hope you like and enjoy the tutorial to make them yourself, but I warn you they are addicting!

Supplies:
4 – 3” squares of fabric
1 – 22” length of 1/8” ribbon or baby rick rack
Small amount of stuffing (We used Bamboo stuffing by Fairfield, very soft)
  
    1.    Place 2 fabric squares right sides together and using heart template trace onto fabric. 
    Repeat for 2nd heart.                                                                    

2.   Place one end of the 22” ribbon between the 2 fabrics at the top of the heart and pin
      as shown. 
3.  Using a small stitch length (1.5) stitch on the drawn line; (at the heart top, stitch back  
    and forth to secure   the ribbon) leaving a ¾” opening along 1 straight edge for turning.  
    Keep the other end of the ribbon sticking out through the opening being careful not to 
    stitch the ribbon.

4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 for remaining heart fabric squares.
5. Trim the hearts out leaving about a ¼” allowance and be careful not to cut ribbon at
   opening.  Clip curves to make it smoother when turning.  Turn (It was helpful to use a 
   small straw and bodkin for turning; the bodkin’s ball end helps push out the curves when 
   turning) and stuff lightly.  

    

6.  Using a ladderstitch, hand stitch heart openings closed.  Embellish with seed beads or 
     whatever you have on hand.

  Happy Valentine's Day!

Until the next post Have Fun Quilting!

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2 comments:

JustJoyce said...

Fun stuff as always.

Lisbeth said...

I love my bookmark! Thanks so much for a great swap - somehow, I completely forgot the bit about making it no more that 8"x10"...I hope you didn't mind too much! :)