typography heart ornaments {a tutorial}

{this is a repost from last year-enjoy!}
 typography heart ornaments burlap+blue
 

I love these typography heart ornaments! Use them as ornaments, gift toppers, or just display them in a pretty bowl (or maybe on a pretty pedestal?) for easy holiday decorating.

Materials:
felt
white cotton fabric
stamps and ink
embroidery thread and needle
poly fiber-fill to stuff
Step 1: Make a template for your hearts, and cut these out of felt. They can be any size you desire, mine are about 4″ wide at the widest point. Then, using alphabet stamps (or even your own handwriting!), stamp out your words onto cotton fabric (I used Kona Cotton). Some suggestions? Noel, Merry, Bright, Angel, Celebrate, Joy, Peace, Hope…or, if using as gift toppers, stamp out the recipients and the date. Wouldn’t that make a fun keepsake? Cut these out as well.
Step 3: Using your sewing machine (fabric glue will work if you don’t sew), take each word, and sew it onto a felt heart. I used red thread because it contrasted nicely with the white (oh who am I kidding? It was what was still on my machine after sewing my son’s Halloween costume together–but, you have to admit, it does look good with the white (smiles)).
Step 3: Now you should have your words sewn into half of your hearts. Take the other half of your hearts, fold a length of jute twine in half, and sew it onto the inside of the heart.

Step 4: Take two of your felt hearts (one with a word on it, and one with the twine sew in), and start to sew a running stitch, leaving a gap for stuffing. Never done any embroidery or hand sewing before? Not a problem, there are many, many tutorials out there. Basically, you just pass the needle in and out of the fabric, making the surface stitches of equal length. For your first stitch, make sure to come up in between the two pieces of felt to hide the knot.

After stitching most of the way around the heart, stuff your heart, and stitch it closed, tying your knot on the backside of your heart.
typography heart ornaments burlap+blue
typography heart ornaments burlap+blue
And you’re done!
Thanks for reading!

typography wall art {for the kids}

an oldie but goodie repost from a while back….

Following a vast number of craft and decorating blogs has many advantages and only a few drawbacks (lack of sleep comes to mind). Among the advantages, though, is that I get the opportunity to notice trends in what people are creating, coveting, and decorating their homes with. One of the big trends, in addition to burlap and toile, is numbers.
I have seen numbers used on everything from placemats, to pillows, to banners. A few of my favorites…

These Pottery Barn-inspired placemats would be perfect in my kitchen, and I LOVE the stencils Lisa used.

I had not thought of numbering jars before! Good thing Tiffany from Lemon Tree Creations did.

Heather Chadduck’s style is just too spot-on for words…who wouldn’t want these gorgeous stools for their own dining room?

Taking the lead from these ladies, I wanted to have a bit of numbered fabulousness to call my own. So, with my son’s bedroom in mind, I got to work and came up with this:

Materials Needed:
cardstock
frames (mine were 5″ x 5″ and came from Dollar Tree)
numbered acrylic stamps
ink pads

Step One: Gather materials and cut out squares of cardstock about an inch or so larger than frame opening. This will give you a bit of flexibility in choosing the final layout.

Step Two: Using your acrylic stamps and ink, start stamping numbers going from the center out. I made my numbers both sideways and vertical, using 3 different colors of ink.
Five minutes later and halfway done…

Step Three: When you are done stamping your numbers, take a piece of glass from one of the frames, position it over each of your pieces of paper, and figure out where it looks best. Trace and cut out your squares.

Step Four: Frame, stand back, and admire your new wall art.

typography heart ornaments (tutorial and giveaway)

Last week, I had the privilege of guest posting on one of my very favorite blogs, Tatertots and Jello, where I shared the DIY for these fun and easy typography ornaments. Today, I wanted to share it here with you all! Don’t forget to scroll down to the end of the post for a fun surprise…

Use them as ornaments, gift toppers, or just display them in a pretty bowl (or maybe on a pretty pedestal?) for easy holiday decorating.

Materials:
felt
white cotton fabric
stamps and ink
embroidery thread and needle
poly fiber-fill to stuff
Step 1: Make a template for your hearts, and cut these out of felt. They can be any size you desire, mine are about 4″ wide at the widest point. Then, using alphabet stamps (or even your own handwriting!), stamp out your words onto cotton fabric (I used Kona Cotton). Some suggestions? Noel, Merry, Bright, Angel, Celebrate, Joy, Peace, Hope…or, if using as gift toppers, stamp out the recipients and the date. Wouldn’t that make a fun keepsake? Cut these out as well.
Step 3: Using your sewing machine (fabric glue will work if you don’t sew), take each word, and sew it onto a felt heart. I used red thread because it contrasted nicely with the white (oh who am I kidding? It was what was still on my machine after sewing my son’s Halloween costume together–but, you have to admit, it does look good with the white (smiles)).
Step 3: Now you should have your words sewn into half of your hearts. Take the other half of your hearts, fold a length of jute twine in half, and sew it onto the inside of the heart.

Step 4: Take two of your felt hearts (one with a word on it, and one with the twine sew in), and start to sew a running stitch, leaving a gap for stuffing. Never done any embroidery or hand sewing before? Not a problem, there are many, many tutorials out there. Basically, you just pass the needle in and out of the fabric, making the surface stitches of equal length. For your first stitch, make sure to come up in between the two pieces of felt to hide the knot.

After stitching most of the way around the heart, stuff your heart, and stitch it closed, tying your knot on the backside of your heart.
And now for a giveaway!! I’ve been wanting to plan a holiday giveaway for you all for a while now…and wouldn’t several of these cuties be a good start? The winner will receive three of my heart ornaments…and a few other surprises. I’ve been putting aside some fun goodies (some sent to me from sponsors, some I’ve made myself), and I can’t wait to share with one of you!
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Giveaway ends in a week (due to shipping costs, US only, unfortunately)
Good Luck!!