Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You Gotta Have Heart(s)

Well, after a loooong time, I decided to post another craft.

(I do craft, I just don't post about it.  It's one of my blogging resolutions -- to post more about stuff I make. Part of my plan to take over the world.)

 When Elizabeth's quit renting booths, I was disappointed because I no longer got to play with the space.  To me, the most fun thing about having a booth is 'fluffing' it.

So when Denise at Shoppes on Patterson in Greensboro called and asked if I wanted to rent a space, I said "Of course!"  But what sells at Shoppes is completely different than what sells at Elizabeth's.  I haven't yet found the key to success at Shoppes, though I like being there. (Both places are managed by awesome people, which I love!)

I have been perusing the booth pics on Pinterest, and have decided to experiment this year.  One thing I've decided is to stock a few more crafty items to go along with the vintage goodies.  For February, I decided to make a half-dozen little stuffed hearts for $4 each. The one I'm showing today is made from an old red wool sweater I got from the Goodwill.

First, I machine washed and dried it.  DO NOT DO THIS TO YOUR WEARING SWEATERS!! IT WILL KILL THEM, AND IT IS NOT EASTER AND YOU WILL NEVER RESURRECT THEM!!  This is a technique that you can use for sweaters that you are crafting with.  It's called felting.  This is not to be confused with the felt you buy at the craft store--completely different.  Trust me.  I'm licensed to teach Home Ec.

 Then I cut off a sleeve at the bottom. 

I pinned a loop of ribbon at the top where I wanted the center of my heart to be.

Then I used the machine to stitch around the heart, leaving just two inches at the side open.  (This heart is supposed to be asymmetrical...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

Then I trimmed around the stitching without getting too close and then stuffed the heart with some pillow innards.  (When you get to the top where the ribbon is, you need to do each layer separately so that you don't cut the ribbon.)

I used Hemp Cord to stitch over the machine stitching.  Usually I use Perle cotton, but didn't have black.

This is a funky little woolen heart.  I added a button from my stash of approximately 104,822 buttons (DPS).

If you look up at the top pic, you can see that I made all sorts of hearts from all sorts of fabrics.  We'll see what the folks at Shoppes go for!

Partyin' at Savvy!
Linking with RePurposed!


Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I think they are darling! I see them flying off the shelves at Shoppes! And yeah for asymmetry!

:) Linda

Art and Sand said...

Hearts are such fun and quick projects. I would think they would sell quite rapidly this time of year.

Have a great day!

Andrea said...

Now I want to make a basket of hearts...well, I want to have a basket of hearts anyway

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the red one! so fun! collecting a jar of hearts?

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Ha! YOu know I love it when you craft! These little hearts are darling and I bet they sell quickly. Go Kirby!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Yes. I felted a sweater accidentally once. I should have made something out of it. I hope your hearts sell. They're cute!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

What a sweet little touch for your booth! I always love things like that -- cute to put on a bottle of wine for a hostess gift or hang in a nursery or the powder room. Bet they sell!
xo Heidi

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love your hearts and how you sewed the edge on the outside! I have vintage button embellished hearts in my Etsy shop that I made before the arthritis kicked in!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It is not Easter, etc. LOL!!! :)

reFresh reStyle said...

what a cute idea! refreshed sweater hearts rock!

Miss Kitty said...

That's a real bargain for whoever is lucky enough to come across them first at the shoppes! They are all cute...I also really like the white one that looks like it has crewel on it? or is it from a matelasse fabric?

Feral Turtle said...

So cute Kirby! I think they will he a hit at your booth.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Please share more crafts Kirby! I love the sweater hearts... so cute!

Ana Lopes said...

Super cute! Pinned! Love it!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

robin lorraine williamson said...

very beautiful looks so cool thanks for sharing visiting from inspiration monday

Lisa said...

Clever idea and such a sweet little craft! I love it.

Gail Wilson said...

I love those little hears Kirby. I sure hope they fly off the shelves! catching you!


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