03 February 2012

Valentine's Charms Tutorial + Template

I haven't sewn much since Christmas...house building and all.  But today (yes it was today) I wanted to make something lovey dovey.  Similar to the Love Where You Live Ornament, these little beauties are a combination of applique, embroidery, and scraps.  Would you believe these are made with used canning lids?

I thought these would look really fun hanging from a branch or in a shadowbox frame.  Maybe next year.  The best part is that if you sew much and ever home can, you probably everything you need to make these right now.  Want to whip some up for your family?
You'll need the following items:

  • Your template, download HERE.
  • Canning lids
  • Heat n bond lite
  • Scraps of fabric, larger pieces of white, and small pieces of your chosen colors.
  • Scraps of interfacing
  • Scraps of batting
  • Ricrac
  • Skinny ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Cardstock or other heavy paper for backing
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Hand sewing needles, scissors, pencil or mark b gone pen, and your iron and ironing board.  
This is what your template looks like.  As you're tracing, remember the final product will be a mirror image of my drawings.

Step one.  Trace the shapes with pencil onto heat n bond lite.

Step Two.  Adhere your shapes onto the wrong side of your chosen fabric scraps.  Remember things will be a mirror image, so to get the red first on your rainbow heart, you start from the left side.

Step three.  Trace the can lid onto a scrap of interfacing, and cut out thecircle.

Step four.  With your iron, adhere the interfacing, and then trim your fabric to about 1/2" from the interfacing.

Step five.  Apply your chosen appliques to the RIGHT side of your fabric circle.

Repeat for each design.  It should look something like this:

Step six.  Add embroidery details.  I like the look of simple embroidery.  Suggestions include tracing the heart shapes with a running stitch, using hearts to make the rain falling from the cloud, and adding stems to the heart flowers.

Another optional detail is using a thin marker to write out little sayings.

Step seven.  Assemble the charms. Cut out batting circles the same size as your canning lid.

Using a hand needle, sew a gathering stitch around the perimeter of the circle.

Next, tuck the batting and can lid into your fabric circle, batting first.

Tighten up your stitches, and knot to secure.

Step eight.  Finishing touches. With the hot glue gun, add ricrac along the back of the charm, adjusting it so  the ricrac is just peeking from the front.

Cut about 10 inches of skinny ribbon to make a hanger, and glue to the back at the top.

Finally, trace the lid shape onto some cardstock, and cut out.  Glue to the back of the charm to hide your work.

And that's it!  Simple, fun little decorations to let your family know you love them.

Here are some close ups of each design:

I hope this sparks your handmade gift giving penchant.

Any fun surprises you're making for Valentine's Day?

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19 happy thoughts:

Unknown said...

Those are so cute Chris! Way to use canning lids, that's just great!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

These are adorable! Love the rainbow heart.

Visiting from Tatertots & Jello.

Just Jaime said...

So sweet! Very detailed designs, I'm impressed!

Maria said...

CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! love all of them. thanks for the tutorial.

Kei said...

I love those, they look so sweet! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

These are precious! I love the idea of hanging them from a branch. I don't know if I can get some made by valentines day, but I'd love to make a tree full of these sweet little charms for Easter.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

How cute! Great job! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party if you haven't already.

Melissa said...

Those are all absolutely darling!! Nice job!!

Melissa said...

All the quotes are very, very sweet.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Oh my! What pretty projects! They are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing! I pinned this so maybe I can make it one day! Angie xo

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Hi! Visiting from tt&j. These are just precious! I love all the stitching you did on them. Love love love :)

If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my party :)

Design Esquire said...

Wow! I love these. Great job.

Anonymous said...

These are so adorable!
Definitely pinning to try myself. :)

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

So, so sweet! I especially love the sunshine one. I just saw that Gwen made a hoop using your "love where you live" tutorial, it turned out wonderful too.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Very sweet, Chris. I love the ric rac detail that you added. Perfect touch! Adorable designs.

Anonymous said...

Really sweet and creative project with a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday, great to see you again!

Doda Smith said...

what a gorgeous idea! love it!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

These are so cute Chris! I love all the details! Would be fun to add to a Valentine tree.

Barbra said...

Pinned with credit to you...terrific!

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