Monday, 20 April 2020

How to make a Felt Applique Rainbow Heart

A step-by-step tutorial on how:

How to Make a


Felt Appliqué Heart Rainbow

Craft, learn how, sewing, whip stitch, pride, love heart.





Hello and thank you for choosing to make my Hanging Rainbow Heart tutorial

The following written and photographic instructions will help you to re-create this colourful decoration, which will provide pleasure and share cheer for all who see it.

This is the perfect project to make for yourself, or to give as a gift for family and friends.

I have designed this hanging heart to be hand sewn from felt; however, it could just as easily be created from coloured or plain paper, with glue and felt tips. You can be as creative as you want with the varying shaped heart templates.

I have designed and uploaded temaplates for these seven heart shapes, each shape reducing in size and building on top of the next to make a two dimential heart.

This is a perfect decoration to adorn a window, an office, or hang in a gender neutral bedroom or any room which needs a splash of vibrancy and colour.

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You will Need:

1. Felt and matching thread  - for a traditional rainbow,  I have used Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Violet and choose a colour for the back of the heart. I have used teal.
2. Sewing needle (wide enough for triple thread strands).
3. Scissors
4. Pins
5. Stuffing
6. Ribbon (for hanging)
7. PDF Print-out of pattern pieces (7 individual hearts - reducing in size)



Click on the link for the printable templates



How to Make the


Felt Appliqué Heart Rainbow


1. Print the PDF sheets with the template for the Heart shape patterns: Click on the above links for the printable PDF's

2. Begin by cutting the shapes from the print out and pin on to the relevent coloured felt; cut out each shape. I have designed the shapes to reduce equally in size so they can be placed on top of each other, each heart reducing in size and sewn as an applique to the previous heart. Each heart is attached seperately using correspondoing coloured thread (note: you could use fabric glue)















3. Start with the Red Heart Shape and the Orange Heart shape; place the orange felt heart shape on top of the red heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with orange thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video below: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"



How to:
sew using the whip stitch, 
felt applique's on to another shape




4. Place the Yellow felt heart shape on top of the Orange heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with Yellow thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video above: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"


5. Place the Green felt heart shape on top of the Yellow heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with Green thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video above: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"


6. Place the Blue felt heart shape on top of the Green heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with Blue thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video above: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"



7. Place the Purple felt heart shape on top of the Yellow heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with Purple thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video above: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"


8. Place the Violet felt heart shape on top of the purple heart shape (as the image below). Pin the felt shapes in place and and sew with Violet thread (3 ply) using the whipped stitch. See Video above: "How to sew using whip stitch felt applique's on to another shape"



Finishing Steps:

 adding the ribbon, padding/stuffing and sew the backing onto your heart


9. Turn your Appliqued heart over, so you have the back facing you. Cut a length of ribbon, long enough to hand your Heart. Pin your ribbon into place and stitch in place (you do not need to be too neat, just ensure it is secure). See photo below


 
10. Place your backing on top of your applique heart and pin partially into place as the photo image.


11. Sew the back of the heart to the applique heart, starting from the bottom of the heart, working round to the top half of the heart. I have used Red thread so it blends with the front of the heart. You may want to use a contrasting colour.

I have used the whip stitch, which is ideal for this type of project. It is a slightly different process than sewing felt applique to each other; so please see the video instructions below. 

You will need to sew half of the heart first and then pad the heart using your stuffing material. I have not jam packed my stuffing in, I wanted a light padding for a 3D effect.  see photo below.


 13. Once you have added your stuffing into the first half of the heart you can proceed with your whip stitching around the heart. I pinned part of the heart to begin with, which ensures you keep an even stitch and felt placement. 



 Tip: when sewing over the ribbon I used a couple of tacking stitches. 

Take the threaded needle through both sides of the felt and the ribbon sandwiched between; front to back and then back to front.

You will only need a couple of small tacking stitches and then start back with the whipping stitch.

Tip: for the final part of the heart, I stuffed the heart as I went., adding a little stuffing and then sew a little further. 

You can use a blunt end of pencil to push the stuffing into edges of the heart to get a crisp and even packing.


Your heart is finished - I do hope you have enjoyed it. All you need to do now is find a special place to hang it or a special person to gift it too.


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I hope I have inspired you to make some beautiful Rainbows today. Please share your wonderful projects on my Community Facebook page www.facebook.com/craigloves2crochet



© CraigLoves2Crochet April 2020


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