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February 5, 2018

OH, MY HACKING HEART

Hey there!  I bet you're aware that those gorgeous and very popular velvet pumpkins on display in autumn have a cousin - the velvet heart.  Making one of those pumpkins is quite easy to do, and the internet is full of video and instructional tutorials to guide you along.  However, the heart... not so much.  Seriously, there are no videos or tutorials on how to make these little lovelies.  But, guess what?  They're so stinking easy to make that a tutorial is virtually unnecessary, especially if you've had past success making the pumpkins.  After some mental dissection pondering, I came up with a "heartfelt" hack.  I think I've cracked the code...... or have come close enough.

What do you think?
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©Linda Nelson 2018
So, here's the "tutorial" -
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Linda Nelson 2018
Simply cut a piece of velvet twice the length of its width, "up and down" stitch all the way around the perimeter roughly 3/4" from the edge, cinch it up, stuff it, cinch it up again as snug as you can get it, tie it secure, then stick a stem in it.  That's it!  A 10"x20" piece of velvet will make a (approx.) 5"h x 7"w heart, not including the stem, of course.

After you've completed your little velvety creation, it's time to move on to some other fabrics.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I also have a variation on these beauties that I will share with you very soon, so stay tuned..........

Now, go get creative!


12 comments:

  1. How cute! Thank you so much for linking up your adorable hearts at the Share The Love Valentine Link party!
    Amber
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/vintage-valentine-vignettes/

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    1. Thank you, Amber! I'm "loving" the party! Thank you for hosting.

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  2. They're gorgeous Linda. It always amazes me how one little twist can turn an old project into something completely different. This is such a great idea

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! It's not so much my idea as it is my hack on an item that I've yet to come across DIY instructions for. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. I missed the pumpkins. The hearts are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Simply google "velvet pumpkins" and many gorgeous images will come up. If you google "velvet pumpkin heart" you'll find images of hearts, which I was eager to figure out how to make myself.

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  4. I went right to town on pumpkins this fall, shopping the Sun/Mon. $1 clothes @ GW to get a variety of materials; guess I'll do it again, probably for next year at the rate I'm going. These are adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. A few towns over from where I live is a Salvation Army, and I enjoy scouting for things there. Too often I lose track of time, and forget about the errands I really should be doing :D

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  5. They are a fun twist on the pumpkin for sure! Thanks so much for sharing them at the Share the Love Valentine link party!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I'm glad you like them, Jann. Thank you for hosting!
      Hugs to you!

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  6. OMG

    Love!

    Thank you for visiting our Vintage Valentine, blog hop!

    Debby
    Debbygoesshabby.blogspot.com

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