May 2018 Stitching Focus: Stitched Primitive Hearts Die
Good morning and welcome to this month’s Stitching Focus! I’m Lizzie Jones, your Stitching Ambassador and I am so excited to be here sharing with you today! I wanted to create something for this month that you could make to pamper yourself. So often the items we craft by hand are made to bless other people, but sometimes showing ourselves a little love is just what we need. These lavender sachets are pretty, easy, and ideal for adding a bit of everyday luxury to your drawers. Let’s take a closer look at this month’s featured product!
This set of nesting hearts is such a charming shape and they stitch together in no time flat! There’s even a die included in this set that you can use to turn your hearts into pockets. Fill the hearts with treats and messages or simply stitch up the edges for a cute, contrasting detail.
Melissa used netting to create a pocket for sequins on her adorable treat bag. Her pink stitches pop against the bookprint paper and tie in to the pink polka dotted bag perfectly. The Tremendous Tag stamped with Choose Joy banners and a Fresh Floral Wrap-Upssentiment is such a sweet complement.
Erin used the pocket die to add a pocket to these adorable Valentines. The bouquet from Everyday Button Bits fits perfectly! Buttons are ideal for projects that you’ll hand deliver rather than mail.
Melissa also used the large heart cut from patterned paper as the backdrop for her Fresh Floral Wrap-Ups bouquet. She also used the pocket die to create a little pocket for slipping in a Tremendous Tag. The sentiment from Keep It Simple: Love takes on a unique twist by getting stamped up the edge of the heart.
Erin created this adorable Valentine garland by stringing together Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, and Raspberry Fizz hearts. The Cross Stitch Alphabet letters were the perfect size for adding her friendly message and the Valentine Stitches Die Collection provided Cupid’s crossed arrows. Such a cute decoration for the day of love!
Melissa used the holes only die from the die collection to give her background a bit more interest. The holes add an eyelet-style design that looks fantastic with or without floss. She finished her beautiful card with stamped hearts and a die cut sentiment from the XOXOcollection (which retires on May 15th, so make sure to get it before it’s gone).
Kay’s felt heart ornament is sure to brighten even the cloudiest day. She rearranged the Stitched Folk Flower shapes to create a unique, colorful design that’s simply gorgeous!
The Stitched Primitive Hearts Die seemed to me like it was just begging to be turned into a set of sweetly-scented sachets. The hearts are a wonderful size and they can be whipped together in an afternoon. That’s not much time at all! And at the end of the day, there’s a practical gift for yourself or another deserving lady.
I began by picking up a bundle of coordinating fabrics from a craft store. There were five fabrics in all and there was plenty of each for many sets of sachets. I chose my felt based on the colors in the patterns. I ironed stabilizer to the back of each of the cotton fabrics and then die cut all of my pieces.
I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 2 Die to add the monogram to this sachet. I stitched the design into the heart before stitching the Vintage Cream layer to the cotton fabric.
I used a couple of different things to embellish the hearts. On this one, I went with a large Winter Wisteria button and a bit of Enchanted Evening Saddle Stitched Ribbon.
The flowers on both of the other sachets are from the Garden Garland Die and they’re both embellished with buttons.
I added patterned fabric panels to both sides of the sachets to make them cute on both sides, but that was more of a preference than a necessary step.
I stitched up the majority of the outer edges before stuffing these sachets with dried lavender and a bit of polyfil (just to keep them from being too stiff). Then I stitched up the opening and went around a second time to finish the edges. They smell divine and I have plenty of lavender left over to do several more sets. I bought my dried lavender at a local health food store, but I’m sure you could purchase it online if you don’t have a store in your area that carries it.
Thank you so much for joining me! I hope this post has inspired you to make something for yourself today. Have a wonderful, crafty weekend and I’ll see you again soon!