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I’ve had it in my mind to make a heart garland for quite some time, especially after making Valentine marshmallow pops. I knew I wanted to sew the hearts together, but I hadn’t had my sewing machine out for a long time, so I felt a little green behind the pedal. As I started working on this sewing project, I realized how much I’d missed sewing. The thing with this project is… Don’t let a little sewing scare you off. This Valentine’s Day heart garland is super easy to make. You can make it as big or as small as you prefer.
You can even sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine; it will just require a different stitch by hand.
Supplies You’ll Need for a Valentine’s Day Heart Garland
You’ll need a few supplies to make this garland…
- Heart image you can cut out – I used a printable heart shape from What Mommy Does.
- Fabric – I used super cheap fat quarters.
- Fabric scissors
- Thread to match or contrast with fabric
- Sewing Pins
- Small amount of pillow stuffing
- Rick Rack
- Mini clothespins – I found pink and mint colored clothespins in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.
- Sewing machine – If you don’t have one, you can always sew by hand.
How to Create Heart Shapes for a Garland
Print the heart image you’ve chosen to use. I wanted a smaller heart shape for my garland. Cut the image out.
You may want to wash and iron the fabric you’ve chosen to use. Lay your fabric out on a flat surface, and place the heart image on the fabric. Draw around it with a pencil, and cut out each fabric heart.Repeat this step for as many hearts as you plan to use on your garland. You’ll need 2 fabric cutouts for every heart. For example, I cut out 32 heart shapes to make 16 hearts.
Once all your hearts are cut out, you’ll need to put your hearts together with stuffing and pins. Place fabric heart on table with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Add just a bit of pillow stuffing, and cover over with another heart, this time with the right side of the fabric facing up. Pin the two hearts together with the stuffing in between. Repeat these steps for every heart.
How to Sew the Hearts Together and Create a Valentine’s Day Heart Garland
Prep your sewing machine with the color thread you plan to use. I used a contrasting pink thread for all my shapes. A little history behind the thread… I have a whole box full of thread that once belonged to my grandma. This particular spool full of pink thread still had a green Walmart price sticker on it, so that tells you how old that thread really is. Grandma loved to sew.
Now where were we? You’ll be using a zig-zag stitch.
Stitch around the outside edge of each heart with a zig-zag stitch, being careful to stay close to or right on the edge. Remove the pins as you sew.
Once you’ve sewn all the hearts, cut a long piece of rick rack to use as your garland. The length will depend on how many hearts you’ve chosen to use. Add each heart to the rick rack, using mini clothespins. You can place your hearts straight on or give them a little tilt for even more charm.
Form a knotted loop at each end of the garland, which you can use to hang it up wherever you choose.
And there you have it… A super cute Valentine’s Day garland or bunting you can re-use year after year!