For the holidays I always try and create something crafty and fun for decor–a creative display, a mat, or some ornaments or other trinkets. This past season it was heart ornaments. I’d locker hooked heart ornaments before, but this time I decided to make them double-sided and extra plush with a touch of bohemian sparkle. They were so fun and colorful, I had to give some away as gifts. And then, I just had to create some Color Crazy Heart Craft Kits! The kits include pattern and materials to create a heart, and can include the glue. Tools are sold separately.
They’re so perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift. What a great reminder to share the love with family and friends. You can hang them on cabinets or doors, or just tuck them into a wrapped gift. They can even be turned into sachets with potpourri inside and tucked into a drawer.
I created the Heart Kits with Color Crazy Satinique Ribbons. They can also be made with vintage silks and Color Crazy Sari Ribbons. They’re accented with the Sashay Metallic Yarn in various colors. It’s a ruched frame design (technique from Locking Loops book) where the outline is locker hooked and the inside is padded with bulky yarn. They’re available from Color Crazy with Satinique Ribbon in three colors: Crimson Red, Blue Violet, & Mauve Pink. The image on the left shows vintage silks.
Here’s how they’re made…
You begin with a heart shape and cut out two pieces on 3.75 mesh canvas. Then you secure edges with Quick Grip glue. You locker hook an outline with the Metallic Sashay yarn (it has adorable tiny gold sequins!) leaving a 1 – 1/2 square around edge. Then stitch on yarn padding with tapestry needle, and then wrap padding with Satinique or other ribbon, making sure to not get your needle caught in the woven yarn. This can be challenging. The yarn is a heavy woven type and the needle can get caught in a tight spot. If this happens, just pull the needle out and push through again weaving around yarn. NOTE: Before you get started, make sure your two heart shapes match exactly. Trim if needed.
Once all padding is covered, you stitch both hearts together with the rayon ribbon and tapestry needle. You can add a tiny drop of glue to hold ribbon in place at top center of heart. This also helps adds to the shape. Using the needle eye of your locker hook you press through the top center and pull shimmering cord through for the tie-on and it’s finished. That’s it…and then you just have to make another one!