Heart shaped biscuit cutters
Fabric (vintage fabrics create a wonderful effect)
Iron-on fabric adhesive
Bright embroidery thread
Needle for threading
Stuffing for hearts
Gold mini bells (available from craft shops)
A length of cord
You needn’t be skilled at sewing to give this a go – the hearts are glued and the simple running stitch is just for decoration.
This craft project can be completed for under £10. The biscuit cutters are just to get a neat heart shape; you can probably draw it freehand.
You can probably make a good go of this in an afternoon - it depends how many hearts you want your garland to have!
Step One: Make The Template
Make a heart template by drawing round a biscuit cutter, or draw your heart shape freehand.
Step Two: Iron On Adhesive
Iron the iron-on fabric adhesive onto a square of your chosen fabric.
Step Three: Cut Out Hearts
Using your template, cut out two hearts from the fabric.
Step Four: Stick The Hearts Together
Peel off the iron-on adhesive, leaving a sticky residue on the fabric, and stick the two hearts together. Leave a gap for stuffing.
Step Five: Sew The Edges
Sew round the edge of the hearts with running stitch using the bright embroidery thread. Leave a gap for stuffing the heart.
Step Six: Pink The Edges
Using pinking shears, pink the edges of your fabric.
Step Seven: Fuse The Glue
Iron round the edge of the heart to fuse the glue (still leaving a gap for stuffing)
Step Eight: Stuff The Heart
Stuff your heart. Be careful not to overfill. The desired effect is padded, rather than overstuffed.
Step Nine: Sew The Gap
Sew up the gap neatly to finish off the heart.
Step 10: Embellish The Heart
Sew a bell onto the top of the heart.
Step 11: Thread Wire
Thread wire through the top of the heart, twisting to secure. Twist a loop in the wire so it will hang on the cord.
Step 12: Repeat
Repeat until you have your desired number of hearts.
Step 13: Gather Bells
Twist up little bunches of the golden bells on wire. Twist a loop in the wire for hanging onto the cord.
Step 14: Prepare For The Garlanding
Take your piece of cord and glue one of the ends so that it doesn't fray when threading. Tie a loop in the other end for hanging.
Step 15: Thread The Hearts
Thread the stuffed hearts alternately onto the cord, knotting them into place to secure, then tie a loop in other end of the cord.
Step 16: Hang It!
Hang your finished garland up!
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