Join me as I make this Valentine Heart Envelope stuffed with felted wool hearts.
These hearts would also make great bowl fillers if you prefer not to make a fabric envelope.
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Make the Fabric Envelope:
I used coffee dyed cotton muslin fabric to make the Valentine envelope. If you don’t want a primitive look, you can skip the coffee dye.
Cut two pieces of muslin and one piece of fusible interfacing 12″ x 8″.
Iron the interfacing onto the back side of one of the pieces of muslin. If needed, trim the interfacing so it isn’t any larger than the piece of muslin.
Stack the two fabric rectangles wrong sides together with the interfacing in the middle. Make marks on the middle of one of the 8″ ends and 4″ down from that end on each long side.
Draw a line from the center mark on the end to one of the marks on a long side. Repeat for the other side. Cut off the triangles formed by the marks.
Pin the pieces wrong sides together, keeping the interfacing sandwiched in the middle. Stitch all the way around the entire piece using a 1/2″ seam.
Fold the square part of the fabric up to meet the corners of the triangle top.
Pin in place and sew along the two side edges using a 1/2″ seam. This will create the envelope pocket.
Cut the Wool Hearts:
I chose to use felted wools for my hearts. You could also make hearts out of felt or cotton fabrics.
I chose a pink wool and two different dark red wools along with contrasting wools for an accent on each heart.
I cut hearts free hand out of each wool. When I was happy with the shape of the heart, I cut a matching heart for the backing. I cut one tall skinny heart, one short fat heart, and a regular heart. I cut the accent pieces in a similar shaped smaller heart.
It is a good idea to arrange the hearts in the envelope before sewing to make sure they are all a good size.
Sew the Wool Hearts:
I used embroidery flosses that matched each main heart.
Cut a short piece of 6 strands of floss to sew on the accent heart. Center the accent heart on top of one of the hearts. Sew through the middle of the heart from the top and then back up. Tie the two ends of floss in a knot. Cut the ends of the floss short and separate the strands of floss.
Place this heart on top of its heart backing, wrong sides together. Use two strands of the embroidery floss to sew a running stitch all the way around the heart, leaving a small opening for stuffing. I used about a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stuff lightly and finish sewing closed.
If you prefer a less primitive look, you could sew the heart right sides together with a sewing machine and turn them.
Assemble the Prim Valentine Envelope:
Now for the fun part – putting it all together!
I added a little bit of stuffing to the bottom of my envelope before adding the hearts.
I tied a strip of coffee dyed cheesecloth around the width of the envelope and tied on an old skeleton key.
I also added some dried sweet annie to the Valentine heart envelope. I arranged – and rearranged all of the items until I had it just like I liked it.
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