Sunday, February 8, 2009

No-Sew Valentine's Heart Garland -- Tutorial

Gather your materials (see materials list in previous post)

Determine what size heart you would like to use and cut template from a folded sheet of paper.

For this tutorial I used 9 hearts...3 each of 3 different fabrics. Cut 3 fabric squares slightly larger than your template from each of your fabrics. Also cut 9 squares from the fusible bond material slightly smaller than the fabric squares.

Iron the 'sticky' side of the bonding material to the wrong side of the fabric. Follow manufacturer's diretions on the packaging for ironing.

Fold fabric with right side out, place folded pattern on fold and cut out hearts. Do not discard scraps.

Cut a smaller heart template to fit inside the large heart.

Cut a smaller heart from each of the fused scrap squares left over from cutting the large hearts.

Peel backing from hearts.

Lay out hearts across width of fusible material leaving minimum of one half inch above and below and one inch in between and from sides. Cut enough strips of fusible web to cover number of hearts you cut.

Use the fusible web as a template to cut your backing fabric.

Iron fusible material to wrong side of fabric backing.

Peel away paper.

Iron fabric to batting. Be careful to keep your iron on fabric as the batting will tend to stick to your iron.

Trim off excess batting.

With batting side up, lay cut hearts across batting leaving at least one half inch around and one inch between hearts.

Fuse hearts to batting.

Cut out hearts, leaving one quarter inch or more of batting showing around edges.

The batting edge will only appear on the font side of your heart, so don't think you've cut something wrong when you flip it over and see solid fabric.

Fuse small hearts to fronts of larger hearts.

Using a strand of crochet thread (or ribbon) threaded through a doll needle, thread through a button, tie a knot and make a knotted bow. Take your threaded needle through the front of the tip of the heart and tie a double knot at the back to secure. Add buttons or beads to each heart, or every other heart, as you like.

To attach the hearts poke needle through front of first heart, tie a double knot to secure, bring needle up through back of second heart, leaving at least one inch of thread and knot. Continue ntil you have all your hearts strung with all knots on the fronts. Snip threads to uniform length. I used 3 colors of crochet thread together to do this.

On the end hearts, knot a 12" length of thread through the front of the heart and tie off end in a loop to hang.

There you have it, your very own No-Sew Valentine's Heart Garland. Find somewhere to hang it and stand back and admire your job well done.


  1. Great tutorial Susan! Thanks for sharing this ! If it is ok with you, I am adding the link to this to my blog....Paula (CTTM)


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