Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Today’s craft is a quick and easy project you can use as a
gift or inexpensive swag:
a felt heart pin.
A square of felt, a
few scraps of contrasting or coordinating material, some decorative buttons,
and a flat-backed crafting pin are all you need to get started.
a cardboard template, cut two hearts approximately 2-inches long from the
tallest curve of the heart to the point, and 2-inches wide from the center of
the widest section of the heart. Trim hearts, if necessary so they match
the contrasting/coordinating scrap of material, cut a ½-inch to ¾-inch wide by
8-inch long strip. I used the selvage edge of my material so the ruffle created
from the strip would be smooth. If you like a more rustic look you could cut
both edges of the strip.
a running basting stitch, and a fairly long piece of thread, baste along the
cut side of the strip. Do not cut your
the thread, gather the material until the strip forms a tight ruffle. Stitch
the loose ends together, right sides facing each other, to create a ruffled
circle.Spread the gathers around the
the ruffle to the center of the felt heart, stitching the fabric at the center
of the ruffle circle.
the same piece of thread you started with, stitch a decorative button in the
opening of the ruffle covering the raw edges of the circle’s center. Tie your
thread off on the back side of the felt heart and cut it.
the felt hearts up, and using a contrasting piece of heavy thread or embroidery
floss, stitch the hearts together along the edges with a blanket stitch.
or stitch the clasp pin to the back of the second felt heart, and your gift is
ready to be boxed and presented.
If you don’t like
the ruffled look, here’s an alternative idea: cut a small star from the
contrasting fabric, blanket stitch around the edges and sew a small decorative
or contrasting color button in the center of the star.
If you want to use the pin as book swag, print up a postcard with
your book cover, purchase info, and website address on one half of the card.
Attach the pin to the opposite side.
This easy craft is a great jumping off point for similar felt
pins. I’m already designing more as I write this post. So, watch for new
versions on upcoming Woven Wednesdays posts!
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Catherine Castle has
been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she
worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and
photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular
market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing,
and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs
(unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be
is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best
Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun
and the Narc, from Soul Mate
Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner
of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her newest book,
a romantic comedy with a touch of drama, entitled A Groom For Mama, is due out September 2017, from Soul Mate
Publishing. You can follow her on Twitter
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Romance for the Ages.