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This is a little project I did for the Gifty Galore Group. 

 

These are super cute and relatively easy to make.  The pattern and instructions are from the book A Creative Christmas.  I used prints from our new Pineberry collection and appliquéd them on Brown Mirage instead of using wool as called for in the book.  Because of this I have a few hints to share with you. 

Unlike wool, the fabric does tend to fray on the edges which I think just adds to the country look. However, if you don’t like that look you have a couple options: 

1.       After cutting out the hearts use a small line of fray check around the cut edges of each piece.  I did this on three of them and it worked just fine. 

2.       The other option would be to sew the front and back together and turn right side out, then stuff.  I did not personally try this and you would have to figure in seam allowances when cutting.

Another thing I noticed when using fabric instead of wool—the edges tended to bend over.  So to add some support I used iron- on, lightweight interfacing on the back.  This worked great for me.  It didn’t make them feel stiff but gave them some ‘body’. 

I tried stuffing my first one with poly stuffing like you would use in a pillow but I didn’t like the way it looked and ended up using a poly batting cut to the same size as the appliquéd heart.  I found I like the flatter look.

The book mentions stuffing with balsam needles but I chose to make my own filler. It came out pretty strong, so I made little muslin bags that I filled and sewed shut.  These got positioned on top of the batting layer in the middle of the heart
(under the button).

Once I figured out how to make my changes work they went together really fast and you can do the blanket stitching while watching TV.

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Comment by Maria Carroll on July 7, 2011 at 6:10pm
very cute!
Comment by Laraine/WA on July 7, 2011 at 10:36am
Shannon, it doesn't seem to be hard to grow.  I don't baby mine and it seems to be doing fine.  I know there are different varieties so that might make a difference.  I would talk to someone at a nursery to find out what they suggest for your area and situation.
Comment by Shannon, ON on July 7, 2011 at 9:54am

Love them!! Just ordered some PINEBERRY so my style...

I need to grow some lavender!!! is it hard to grow? it is one of my favourite scents...I use lavender hand lotion at night and have a soap under my pillow as it is well known to promote relaxation and sleep....

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on July 7, 2011 at 8:29am
Really cute.  Just the thing for my home grown lavender.  I really like your new fabric line...Pineberry.  Good job.
Comment by Laraine/WA on July 6, 2011 at 12:40pm

Dorothy, 

Thank you for the information and bringing this to our attention.  I've removed the wording from my post as we do not want anyone's health to be at risk.  The product I used states it's asbestos free but  older product could still be out there.


Comment by Linda Hughes on July 6, 2011 at 12:18pm
Sew cute - I like them in Pineberry.
Comment by Dorothy I. Dishman on July 6, 2011 at 12:16pm
Cute idea however, I have a concern using vermiculite for filler.  Vermiculite has asbestos and is the main culprit in the Libby, Mt. law suit and cause of lung disease in hundreds in that area.  My choice for filler is clean playground sand.  Google Libby, Mt. &  vermiculite and read all about it.  Just in the past few days it has been in the news again as the sawdust/wood chip piles have been found to be hazardous due to the asbestos fibers found in it.   Hate to be a spoil sport, but health is important.
Comment by Karen Stenback on July 6, 2011 at 8:37am
These are really cute!

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