(Every week until December 1st we will be making a small Christmas ornament that can be used in our Pocket Advent Calendar. Join us in making all 24 or just pick and choose your favorites.)
This week’s ornament is a little rustic and a little Scandinavian.
It’s very easy to make, but burlap can be a little tricky to work with since it frays so easily. Make sure to treat it gently and sew your seam twice then you’ll be fine.
Burlap and Button Heart
- red felt
- natural burlap
- red thread
- stuffing (I used polyfil)
- butcher’s twine (mine is from Ikea)
- red buttons
- sewing machine
- glue (I used tacky glue)
1. Cut a heart out of the red felt. Use that heart as a template to cut one from the burlap as well.
2. Sew the felt and burlap hearts together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do one side of the heart first and stitch over the same line twice (burlap really needs the second stitching to hold it in place). Do the other side of the heart, but leave about 1″ unsewn for stuffing.
3. Very gently,. fill the heart with stuffing through that open hole. A chopstick, knitting needle or pencil is helpful here. Don’t over stuff the heart. Sew the stuffing hole shut. Make sure to sew it twice.
4. Glue a loop of the butchers twine to the top of the heart for hanging (you could also have sewn it in while you were sewing the heart together). Glue a button on top of the ends of the twine.
Add more buttons as desired.
© 2005 – 2012 Kathy Lewinski & Susan Cornish