Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A new way to make a heart design - A Valentine Tutorial

I have a problem. I can't cut a nice looking heart out to.save.my.life. This only really becomes a problem during craft time...especially around Valentine's Day.

Lil Bit and I decided to make some Valentine's decorations together while the Littlests were taking a nap. She wanted to make....HEARTS! Ack!

I gathered all our supplies that we had on hand. Felt, old lace trim from some cornices and more trim. Colors: red, pink and white (of course!)


Next, I looked all around my kitchen for something that could give me the shape that always seems out of my reach. Finally, I spotted one of my shoes! Size 8 ladies', with a smooth edge and an instep that doesn't cut in too much. Let's see how it works:

Next, I traced the toe portion of the shoe, from instep arch to the middle of the shoe, on the fold.
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Look at that shape! Now, it's time to cut them out...
Then, I cut them out (we made 3). Good heart shapes!

I ran the hearts through the embroidery machine to put a catchy little phrase on each of them. Then glued or sewed lace, felt hearts (slightly odd shaped hearts), and trim on them!







I think we need to make more, but nap time and a three year old's attention span is not an extremely lengthy amount of time. Here they are on the bannister:


Wouldn't they be cute in lots of colors, like the candy?










3 comments:

Lisa said...

The shoe is a genius idea! I'll have to try that.

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

those are soo cute.. lucky you to have an embroidery machine. Very creative use of the shoe.

Lil Man and Mommy said...

That shoe idea was awesome :). It looks great.