I’m always rather relieved when February arrives as the years celebrations begin in earnest half way through with Valentine’s Day. Of course if one is loved up with someone special (and even if one is not) then invariably there is a fancy restaurant to go to or a delicious meal to cook, but I also find that Valentine’s Day marks the creative start to the year.
The modern emblem of the 14th of February is the heart and if you’re in the mood to get busy with a needle, thread and some ‘to die for’ fabrics you can’t go wrong with a stuffed lavender heart. Lavender hearts are the stalwarts for online boutiques and gift shops up and down the land but when you can make one yourself in under an hour it seems worth giving it a go.
• Make a template in the shape and size of the heart that you want out of the back of an old cereal box. Keep it safe as you may want to make the same heart again as a gift or favour.
• Draw out the shape of the heart, twice, on the wrong side of the fabric you’ve chosen.
• Place both of the hearts together, with the right side of the fabric facing outwards and pin to hold in place while you stitch the halves together.
• Start stitching a little off centre from the top left hand side of the heart. Use running stitch or back-stitch for simplicity, but making sure that the stitches are close together and tight as you don’t want the lavender to pour out from any gaps.
• When you have made it round to the same point on the other side of the heart put the needle down safely and gently spoon the lavender into the hole in the top. Using the spoons handle to make sure that the fabric is stuffed right to the corners with lavender-don’t push too hard though!
• Take a length of ribbon, as long as you’d like the heart to hang from when completed, and bury both ends of the ribbon into the opening at the top of the heart. Pin in place and continue stitching round and over the ribbon until the heart is sealed together in stitchy goodness.
• NB: If you want to decorate the front of the heart with embroidery, a stitched initial or even buttons etc, do this first before you stitch the fabric halves together.
Enjoy your month of February. Enjoy making lavender hearts and preparing a special day for your loved ones. Enjoy planning to get your home ready for Spring as it will be here before you know it. Enjoy the lighter evenings and longer days.
Enjoy the love month.
Enjoy it all.
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