Catherine Kline Postcard
With right sides of fabric together, put the cardboard template in place and draw a pencil line around it. Then, cut a fourth to a half inch larger, as you see here, marking two places on the straight side of the heart, where you will leave an opening.
Back stitch to secure the stitching, and then go all the way around the heart, pivoting at the points, until you get to the other mark. Back stitch and forward stitch again to secure it. Clip little wedges on the curved areas to make it smoother when you turn it inside out. This can easily be hand stitched.
Turn the heart so that the right sides with the pretty print is out, and press out the points and curves and seams with the tips of your scissors. gently. If you prefer, you can press the heart with the iron before the next step.This is a new spring cotton from Walmart. Click on for a larger view. I have already cut a dress from it, and hope it won't take me another year to get it sewn!
This picture is blurry, but I am trying to show you that you can press down the opening one fourth inch, even with the sewn seam, on the opening, with a hot iron. It will make it easier to stitch it together.
This is what it will look like after you press it. By taking the first stitch inside the heart and pulling through the seam on the outside, you can hide the knotted end. Then, overcast or use a buttonhole type stitch. I use a special invisible way of stitching openings, but any stitch will be fine, and if you use matching thread, the stitching will not show.
Now fill it with the fiberfill or cotton or wool or whatever you want to use. If you do not have stuffing, you can substitute something else such as cotton balls or fabric scraps.
This one is made from fleece fabric. Some sources say that when doors had keyholes, little pillows like this were hung on the inside the door to cover the keyhole, for privacy and warmth. I have seen some very nice heart pillows with keys attached to them, on various blogs this season.
I found this lovely pin cushion at JoAnn Fabrics. If you do not intend to use your 40 or 50% coupon for any large item, you can always buy something like this.
This is some new cotton fabric I found at JoAnns. I got a yard of it and I really like the feel of it. It is very soft but closely woven. I would sure like to get more of it. I am not sure what I will use it for, but like all fabriholics, it is just nice to have it in a little stack with other samples, to look at.