Friday, January 20, 2017


 Good Morning, Blog Friends!
Let's have a little heart -
for each other--and respect.
I am NOT getting into the 
Inaugural Debate here today-
as I am seeing way too much of it
on Facebook AND blogs.
Blogging is not a political platform
to me.
I have my beliefs- you have yours-
let's share JOY in those things

for the loves of our life.

know a lot of you are
GLUE GUN fans.
As for me, I would rather
SEW instead of GLUE.

Here are some sweet little
hearts using bits and pieces
of fabric and lace.
I made that one in about twenty minutes
using the sewing machine.
Ready for a quick lesson?
You GLUE GALS might even
find this easy enough to do.
First cut 2 hearts out of fabric.
I used a rough homespun for the
outer heart.
I iron each piece as I go.
Then cut out 1 heart using a THIN
batting (like a quilt batting)
DON'T IRON the batting.
DO NOT ask me how I know this.
l place the batting on top of the two
pieces of fabric.

Then sew all the way around the edges
making sure to catch  all 3 pieces
(2 fabric hearts and batting)
No need to leave an opening for turning-
you'll see why.
Now-if it is all stitched together- turn it over.

The batting will be down and 
you will be looking at the fabric heart.
The upper left edge is turned under
in this picture-
but it, too, is stitched.

Take your scissors and cut a slit
right in the center of the
PRETTY FACE of your heart.
Then, turn it inside out.
The batting will be sandwiched
between the two layers of fabric.
  It's gonna look ugly.
Don't worry you will be covering
the ugly later.  See? Ugly!
Now cut a smaller heart out
of a contrasting fabric.
Iron it and place it over
the ugly hole. 
sew it in place.

Then cut a third smaller heart
and stitch that on top of 
the 2nd fabric using the 
zigzag stitch.
After doing that
thread an needle with 6 strands
(or 3 doubled) of embroidery floss.
Because I don't want to tie a knot in my
floss I start the stitch way
down inside the heart and pull the
thread up and into the heart
but not through it.  It will hold
itself if you don't pull it too hard.
Place a long running stitch around 
the heart following the shape.
When you have gone all the way 
around, put your needle through
the back of the fabric and snip it off.

I added a ribbon bow and
a "gem" on the front of this one.
To finish it off I added
with an
X Stitch.
So....even if you are not a sewer,
these are pretty easy.
Pretty Sweet, Huh?

These two took me less than an hour
from start to finish.
The second heart has things 
that are glued on--like the clock face
and the little pearl heart.

Aren't they sweet?
Sure better for you than 
(Made in town here by Seroogy's)
-although they sure are good-

Those look like
to me!
your photo name


Susie said...

Diana, I love your heart crafts. I need to get busy making some of these. You made me laugh about the batting. :) I got a small box of special chocolates from my daughter yesterday. You know that is torture.LOL. Blessings , hope everyone is doing well there. xoxo, ,love, Susie

Diana Ferguson said...

Fun stuff there, Diana! Have a great Friday.

Kathy said...

Such sweet little hearts! Do you hang them around the house to decorate for Valentine's Day? My sewing machine is buried in the spare room. I will be excavating it sometime this year. Other things come first.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Diana... I agree that politics should not be part of a blogger's platform. I've visited a few blogs this am. Every time I see something about it, I press delete. Love your sweet hearts. Hope your weekend is just as sweet!!

Pat said...

Loving that sweet little heart. Thanks for the share. Have a beautiful weekend!

Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} said...

Ok, as easy as you make it all sound, I still know that those adorable hearts would take me two DAYS to make! My sewing machine hasn't worked in years and I was never very good with it anyway so.....I'm a glue gal through and through! That, or a hand-sewer when absolutely necessary. Have a great weekend. xo Kathleen

Lisa said...

Now thats the coolest thing ever. You make it look so easy. I can do a lot of things but never mastered sewing so Im a glue girl. However, I do have a machine that I have no idea where to find the zig zag stitch on. Mom gave me the machine but I want a more simple sewing machine without all the fancy stuff.

Chatty Crone said...

That doesn't look to too hard - even I think I can do it! lol Very pretty.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Very pretty, Diana...great tutorial, too! Happy weekend!

Kim said...

I love this and I love the how to, as well. I am not a proficient seamstress, it's all on the fly! Off to pin this to my sewing board and my Valentine board!! Have a great weekend!

Red Rose Alley said...

Diana, these hearts are so sweet. You did a great job sewing them. I especially like the cherries one cause CHERRIES are my favorite fruit! And the one with the clock is so cute too. I must get my Valentine stuff out!

Have a wonderful Friday. Off to meet my sister and brothers for lunch.

love, ~Sheri

20 North Ora said...

What sweet hearts you made! So remind me of you.

Have a great weekend.


Debby said...


Carla said...

I love these Diana.

Carla from Kansas

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

These are gorgeous! Excellent tutorial for these darling hearts, the possibilities are endless! Thank you for sharing and inspiring, I like these kind of hearts that don't make you gain weight, lol!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Very cute, my friend!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Lovely hearts Diana. I love little sewing projects like your's. Have nice afternoon! xo ♥

Ricki Treleaven said...

The hearts are the most AH-dorable of all! I *heart* them, and I appreciate the tutorial!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

So cute! I've only ever used a glue gun once in my life and I burned my fingers. I'm not much of a crafter, lol!

Sherri said...

Diana, those hearts are so sweet :)!! They are beautiful! I might just have to try them for the "sweethearts" in my life and give them in their Valentine's gifts! Have a wonderful weekend!

Junkchiccottage said...

Yum those candy hearts are my favorite candy. Yummo! Love your sewing hearts. Sooo cute.

Adam said...

Speaking of 50 Shades, Daisy just recently discovered it (she can have her head in the sand when it comes to pop culture) and we are about to see the movie. Since it was based on fan-fiction of Twilight, I'm not expecting much. I remember it being the book all the women were talking about at work.


Those are so sweet, Diana! Valentine love.

This N That said...

Yum..pretty heart too..You're so talented...

Donna said...

Aww, cute little sweetheart, you...xoxo

amazingsusan said...

Hmmmm. Let me see. If you were the inaugural sweet-heart maker, you would only have had to have made half as many hearts for the crowd today as you would have in 2013. Not sure if that would have been a blessing or a curse.

Sorry. You know bad girl me. I just couldn't resist. Saying not to is like waving a red flag to a bull LOL :P

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Those are just full of shabby goodness! I could see them on a banner too...Thanks for the tutorial Diana 😉

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very, very sweet! I may not sew those cute hearts but I would buy them all done! Perfect to give with some of those yummy looking candy hearts :-)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! Love your hearts! Looks easiest that even I may be able to do them! Thanks! Nancy

living from glory to glory said...

Awe, these are so cute. I think I'll make a batch of them and give them away as gift's! Good tutorial, thanks!❤

Connie said...

Thank you for this sweet tutorial, I love how you cut the hole in the center for turning it right side out. Very clever! I'm going into give this a try:) In fact I'm excited about it!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Dang girl...those hearts are cute!

Cranberry Morning said...

I stay away from the big polarizing political statements too, Diana. There's no point. And we need to find ways to unify rather than divide. Those hearts are darling and I love that you can turn them inside out after sewing! Feel free to add a few Seroogy's dark chocolates with mine. ;-))

Anonymous said...

Good Morning and happy weekend. I love the sweet hearts! The candy looks delicious, too! Wishing you a very enjoyable day. xo

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your hearts are sweet.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Nellie said...

You were busy with this! Hearts have given me some problems in the past. That's why I always chose glue.:) xo Nellie

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Diana, This is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing. I love how the hearts turned out, they're so sweet! Love the design.
Off to my sewing machine to try and make one! Happy Saturday ♥Hugs, Jody

weekend-windup said...

It was nice going through your post. Thanks for explaining step by step procedure for stitching a beautiful heart:)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

AH these are just lovely! :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What adorable heart, Diana, and a great tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration. ❤️

krishna said...

Oh Diana!!! such a beautiful fabric heart...

Kay G. said...

This is a good way to remind folks to HAVE A HEART!
You are so go and be packing me some CHEESE!! Go Falcons! x

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Diana, they are perfect an I am going to make some tomorrow. You are so clever. Nice little gift for friends instead of chocolates.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Ohhhh, Diana. That is such a beautiful little heart and I appreciate so much that you have such heart and good will to all. I am learning, but it isn't easy and I think I might have to stitch my tongue to the side of my mouth as I am just on the verge of spouting!!!..xxoJudy

Karen said...

These are very pretty! You did a great job.

bj said...

What adorable hearts...and the candies are some of my favorite...I am searching for the vintage TYPE gumdrop trees..I want one to add these little candies to..I had one when our kids were little and guess I threw it away...actually, I think we broke, I want another...

Bethany Carson said...

You did a very pretty job on those hearts! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Kris@Littlebushshack said...

Hello Diana xo ,, I have missed so much of your blog that I am sitting now with a cuppa and reading through .. we have moved onto our very own bush block living in a bus while we build it up ,, long story short we have not had very much power ,but are now sorting out solar and generator so I can start blogging again too ..... love these hearts they have made my day :) ...
Until Next Adventure
Kris xox

Lori said...

You have a huge heart!

Connie said...

Hi Diana, I made a heart and I love how this works . . . I have put my heart of my latest post with a link back here to your tutorial. I know that many others are going to love this too and you put a lot of work into making it easy for us. Thanks again, Connie :)

Linda said...

I could have sworn I left a comment here!! WTH??
Lovely hearts Diana...enjoy your day!
Linda :o)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Okay, I now want to make hearts! These are so cute and I like your clever girl you. This is the time of year when you can find gummy, sugary cherry hearts and they are so hard to resist but I admit that I've had my share of them. Someone in my home, and I won't name names, keeps hiding them in the top cabinets that I cannot reach!!!!
I agree with Lori...You have a huge heart!


Unknown said...

Adorable, and I can never get enough of hearts! Thanks for the tutorial.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I love the pretty hearts you made Diana. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them!
Have a wonderful week ahead. Julie xo

Boopnut said...

So cute! I don't sew, and don't glue lately either, but your hearts are adorable. I do love your philosophy about sharing the things we enjoy, the pretty things!

Debby Goes Shabby said...


I have to agree with you, let's make the world more beautiful!


Cecilia said...

Love the pretty heart (and your sweet one!). The world needs more kindness not all the ugly that went on. Big hugs. Have a happy week!

Pam said...

Getting close to the heart time of yr. Great job.

Carla from The River said...

I can always come here for a smile.
Great idea, thank you for sharing.

Deborah Montgomery said...

So pretty -- and I need something to divert my attention from those candy hearts!!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Love the heart! Super cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. xo

Launna said...

Diana, the heart DIY is so cute, I wish I was more creative that way... unfortunately I'm not... it would never turn out that good... lol

I hope you are have a great week... I have got behind on my blogging for the past few days... time to get back on track xox

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Oh, that candy looks delicious! I don't know a lot about sewing, but that cherry fabric is the cutest! Love how your hearts turned out. xoxo

Linda said...

I love your heart! I'm going to make some of my own! I never thought about cutting a slit to turn it.....great idea!

Bee Lady said...

Well aren't you the crafty ones! Those hearts are adorable!