I want to show you an easy way to ready your home for Valentine’s Day by crafting a paper garland. Can you believe I sewed these hearts together using my machine?
The process is simple. You will need a variety of pretty card stock 12×12 sheets to fashion cut-out hearts; and a sewing machine, or even a friend’s sewing machine, or a sewing friend. I own a Cricut die cut machine, but most of you probably don’t. I cut my hearts out hurriedly using the Cricut. But as an alternative you could purchase a wood or chipboard template, or you could buy a heart stencil. You could even make a heart out of cardboard. Trace around the heart on the backside of your paper, or on either side if you are using two-sided card stock.
Cut the hearts out with scissors, either straight edged, or scalloped.
Thread your sewing machine with white thread. Sew across the top of the first heart, and then sew of the edge for about 5 stitches before sliding your second heart under the presser foot. Don’t be afraid to sew paper. Just use an old needle that you don’t mind discarding when you are finished. Also, don’t worry about sewing off the paper heart. The stitches between hearts are like a chain stitch, and you won’t tangle your thread or confuse the machine.
Here are a couple of close-ups.
Make sure you leave a tail at each end for hanging.
I used about 50 hearts, and I could drape the garland along my mantle 3 times. But this is a no-rules project. Simply sew hearts together until you like the look and the length, or until you get tired of the project. I would suggest that you stagger the hearts so that no two identical hearts end up side by side.
My mantlescape looked pretty before I added the garland, but I’ really pleased with it now.
Easy, right? I hope you’ll give this a try.
Happy Valentine’s week!
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