Fabric and Crochet Heart Tutorial: Part 1
Hope you all had a great weekend 🙂
Mr P. came back from Belgium, to lots of love and fanfare: we had a spur-of-the-moment best friends invited dinner party (which was wonderful!) to celebrate, and on Saturday afternoon, Mr P. took the girls to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie. I stayed home to work on this tutorial (am I loyal?…or what…call me Rover 😉 ), but didn’t get very far, as my dear friends Heinrich and Mandy called to ask if they could come early (of course!!!!), and we poured some excellent red wine, and chatted….
Soooo…. dear blog friends, my deepest apologies for the delayed posting….
Well, I haven’t forgotten or abandonned the Mystery Blocks…hope you are all knitting and slaving away at making them, but I will post the follow-up next week, and wanted to do something a little different in between!
A lot of people left comments indicating they wanted tutorials on quick, easy to make items, that can be useful, gifted, etc. I am compiling a list (watch and see…), but while this process was being brainstormed, the idea for this tutorial below, leapt up, hand in the air, yelling…”Pick me!, Me! Me! Meeeeee…!”. So here it is! I will leave some ideas for completely different uses, tomorrow at the end of the second part of the Tutorial. 🙂
Smallish bits of fabric
Merino Fleece stuffing (or stuffing of your choice, eg polyester etc)
A sewing machine that can do plain ‘ol straight stitch
or a hand that can do plain ‘ol straight stitch 😉
Sewing cotton in a colour to match your fabric
General use sewing needle
DK (double knit thickness/weight) yarn (I have used Rowan’s Handknit cotton)
Crochet Hook 3.75mm
Step 1. I have the pattern available as a PDF file, which I will send to anyone that email’s me requesting it… Although this is my original pattern, and is copyright protected, I give permission for you to make up this item for personal use, charity use, selling etc….AS LONG AS YOU
DON” T MASS PRODUCE IT!!!! I really do not want to see some business churning them out like nobody’s business. I feel that people should be able to make something to sell and earn a bit of income, but still respecting the original creator’s vision for the item…so enjoy to your heart’s content friends!!! 🙂
Step 4. Right! The pattern pieces have been cut out and all laid out, right side up.
Step 6. Sew together as indicated, using straight stitch.
Step 8. Fold so the two wrong sides of the fabric are facing, ie the seam is enclosed and hidden.
Step 11. Pin carefully.
Step 13. Take the other big heart piece, and place it onto your sewn heart, making sure that both right sides are facing each other.
Step 16. Sew along the outside edge, leaving the small area from before, unsewn.
Step 20. Stuff the heart using whatever stuffing you prefer. I have used a gorgeous soft 100% merino fleece, which is so soft and gorgeous and natural… it also stuffs evenly and doesn’t leave lumpy bits…. You can get contact my friend Linda, if you would like to purchase some…
Step 21. You’ll now close the opening, using a matress stitch… I apologise for the lack of sharpness of the pics, didn’t look properly while taking them (really bad me!!). I hope you can follow along ok….Thread a general sewing needle with cotton thread. Make a knot in the end, and starting at one edge of the opening, insert the needle as shown, pull thread through, go to next step.
Step 23. Do the other side of the open edge…
Continue until you have reached the other end of the opening.
In celebration of all things heart, this was a joy to see… don’t you just love a heart?