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Fabric Heart Ornament Tutorial

Learn to Make a Fabric Heart Ornament

I invited Liza from @lizataylorhandmade to share how she made a Fabric Heart Ornament.  This is such a cute and easy project, you’re going to love it.  Take it away, Liza!


Hi everyone! I’m Liza from @lizataylorhandmade and I am so excited to be showing you how to make these quilted hanging hearts! It is a super quick project and is great for using up scraps. 

DIY Fabric Ornament

You can also use this project on a cutter quilt! It is a great way to repurpose an old quilt and turn it into something new. I have had the most luck finding cutter quilts online at Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, and Mercari. If you have a quilt like this to use go ahead and skip to the step where you trace the template. 

Steps to Making a Fabric Heart Ornament

Template

  1. Be sure to download your Heart Template by CLICKING HERE.
  2. Print your template on card stock and cut it out.

Picking Fabric

  1. Once you have your template, go to your scrap pile and pick out enough scraps to make (2) hearts, one for the front and one for the backing. I usually lay the scraps out on my cutting mat and rearrange them until I like the positioning.DIY Fabric Ornament with Fabric Scraps
  2. Make sure you have your template handy so you can see if your patchwork scraps are big enough to cover the template.Heart Template for DIY Fabric Ornament
  3. Once you have your positioning how you like it, take the pieces to your sewing machine and sew the scraps together. Press seams open.
  4. Now you are going to quilt the patchwork panel. Take a scrap piece of batting and some fabric for the backing (this fabric will go on the inside of the heart so it doesn’t matter what it looks like). Lay each layer flat on top of each other and pin together. Go ahead and quilt it however you would like.Patchwork Quilting with Scraps
  5. With both panels quilted, it’s time to cut out the heart. Lay your template on top and position where you would like it. Trace it with a pen and cut it out. Do this for both the front and the back.Trace your Fabric Heart Template

Next, cut a piece of ribbon for the hanging. I cut mine to be 11” long, but you can make it as long or as short as you would like.

front and back of fabric ornamentSewing The Hearts Together

  1. From here, take the hearts and the ribbon to your sewing machine. Put the heart’s right sides together and fold the ribbon in half. Keeping the ends of the ribbon together, put it in between the two layers with the ends pointing out. The rest of the ribbon will be tucked inside the layers. Pin in place.DIY Fabric Heart Ornament
  2. Start sewing at the bottom of the heart. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end.
  3. Sew ¼” around the whole heart, but stop about 2” from where you started. Backstitch to secure.DIT Fabric Ornament
  4. Next you are going to take your scissors and snip all around the heart. I like to snip the bottom point, once in the curves, and down the middle of the ribbon and the middle of the top. Make sure to not snip too far to cut your seam! See the next photos for reference.Heart Template for DIY Fabric Ornament
    Heart Template for DIY Fabric Ornament
  5. Now it’s time to turn it inside out. Start pushing each side through the gap. Use your scissors to help push through and make the pointed bottom nice and sharp.
    1. I like to use poly foam to fill my hearts. I use about a handful, but feel free to fill it as full as you would like. This is the filler I use.

Finishing Your Fabric Heart Ornament

  1. Once you have stuffed your heart you now need to sew up the gap. I use an invisible/ladder stitch to do this and DMC perle #8 cotton thread.
  2. To do the ladder stitch take your heart and insert the needle from the inside, up through the top layer on the far right side. This will hide your knot in the center.
  3. Now take your needle to the bottom layer (make sure to maintain the ¼” fold) and insert from the center and come out about ⅛” over on the same side. Repeat on the top layer.
  4. Every stitch will follow the same pattern, always go from the inside to the outside of the heart.
  5. Once you reach the end, tie a knot in your thread, insert your needle near your last stitch and come out anywhere on the heart. Give the thread a tug so the knot goes to the inside of the heart and trim the tail where you came out.DIY Fabric Ornament

You’re finished! Feel free to add some lace or ribbon to it, or even add some embroidery to the front. The possibilities are endless.


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All About Binding Boards

Introducing Binding Boards – The Quilt Binding Tool Every Quilter Needs

Binding Boards
The quickest and easiest way to make your Quilt Bindings

Let me introduce you to Nicole Christoffersen, who is sharing all about Binding Boards.  In fact, Nicole is the creator behind these boards.  When I saw them, I knew I needed to get one and share about it with y’all.  Nicole, take it away!

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Thanks, Elizabeth, for inviting me to share on your blog today! I love Elizabeth’s quilting style and have loved watching her creations come to life on her blog and IG feed. It’s an honor to be a guest here.

The Story Of Binding Boards

Learn to quickly make quilt bindings with the Binding Board
Binding Boards have been a long time in the making. I shared my method of pressing my binding on IG a couple years ago and have never gotten so many messages.
Several of my sweet quilting friends encouraged me for years to create Binding Boards for all quilters.  But there were a few hurdles: patents, pins, etc. I finally jumped the hurdles, and now Binding Boards are here!
Over 15 years ago, I started using the Binding Board method on my ironing board. It was always scorching my ironing board cover and making it look dirty. One time I ironed binding for four quilts in a row and burned a hole right through my ironing board cover! Oops.
After that, I decided to make a tiny board that I could scorch and then hide as soon as I was done pressing my binding.
There have been a few revisions. Heavy duty canvas was a great addition because it’s harder to scorch. By far, the best addition was reflective heat material. It doubles the heat of the iron! All of the sudden, I could pull my binding through twice as fast and still have a crisp, flat crease. This material combination has stood the test of time. I’ve been using the same Binding Board for the last 7 years!

Benefits of Binding Boards

  • A fun benefit of the Binding Board is that it doubles as a small, portable pressing station.
  • The increased temperature from the reflective heat material helps to create amazingly flat seams like a wool mat does. Unlike a wool mat, though, there’s no wet dog smell or steam moisture seeping through to damage your furniture below.
  • And of course, you can finish making a quilt binding in WAY less time than normal.

How Do You Use A Binding Board

To use a Binding Board, first press about a 10-12” section of the binding in half. Place this pressed section on the Binding Board and insert the included push pins on both sides of the fabric.  The pins should be far enough apart to set your iron between them.  This creates an opening that’s exactly the width of the finished binding.

Then place your iron in the opening you left for it and gently pull the binding through. Using your left hand to guide the fabric strip in half can help to make sure you’re getting a double fold binding (standard quilt binding), rather than a single fold binding. Continue pulling the binding through until you’ve reached the end. Tada! Pressed binding in a fraction of the time.

Binding Board In Action

Binding Board Love

I have been thrilled with the feedback I’ve received about the time quilters are saving using their Binding Boards. It has been such a bright spot in my life! When I started this journey I figured I’d sell around 50 Binding Boards. In less than a few months, I’ve sold and handmade 4 times that many… and counting.

Where Can You Get A Binding Board

If you don’t have a Binding Board yet, head on over to www.kwiltit.com and click on Shop to order one. Or, make sure to let someone know you’d love one to be under your tree, on Christmas morning. 🙂
Thanks again, to the ever talented Elizabeth for having me today! I’m looking forward to getting to know so many more of you and having the privilege to be part of your quilting journey.
Love,
Nicole Christoffersen
IG: @kwilter100

 

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