Darlene’s Thread: Gift a Zero-Calorie Hearts & Flowers Bouquet on Valentine’s Day
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
What’s better than giving a big box of chocolates to express your love on Valentine’s Day? How about an embroidered hearts and flowers bouquet! All my sewing friends are so wonderful, I wish I could give each of you one of these bouquets. So here’s a project from my heart to yours that you can complete in one afternoon. A treat with no calories–your thighs will thank you!
Once you locate a plain heart graphic or two, run the graphic through the Futura’s AutoPunch, and then copy and paste a second one in the larger hoop. Now add small flowers or HyperFont in the words of your choice to fill in the heart. Use sticky stabilizer and felt, since felt won’t unravel and offers a nice weight to the finished hearts.
After stitching, remove the embroidered hearts from the hoop and back them with a second piece of felt by basting around the outside edge. This hides all the backside stitching and stabilizer that is stuck under the stitches. Be sure to leave a small space 1/2″ at the bottom to insert your sticks.
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Cut around the outside using straight, decorative scissors or pinking shears. Squirt hot glue into the hearts bottom hole, insert a shish kabob stick (available at grocery stores), and quickly press closed. Arrange your heart flowers in a marble or styrofoam filled vase and enjoy! You can tie ribbons around the vase or mix these beauties in with real flowers! You can wrap floral tape around the sticks, and add silk leaves to make them more flower-like or paint the stems red. For St. Patrick’s day, stitch shamrocks. Ffor Easter, stitch crosses or easter eggs, etc. Whatever holiday you choose will be celebrated with fewer calories and longer lasting sentiments.
Go For it!
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