Make your own Valentine Heart Banner. It takes a little work but you can do it.
Have you ever wanted to try paper piecing? Or do you already know what to do? Either way these hearts are fun and easy. They are one of the first things I ever paper pieced and they really are very easy. I wanted to learn, but I didn’t have a pattern. I just started playing on the computer and this is what I came up with.
You could easily apply to any shape or holiday. I had lots of little pieces of Valentine fabric left over from a quilt and Valentine’s Day is coming up so I got to add to my Valentine’s Day Decor.
- Fabric scraps for paper piecing
- Back – 3 pieces at least paper size (8 1/2″x11″)
- Batting – same size as back
- Ribbon – cut 2- 4″ pieces and 4 – 10-12″ pieces
- Heart Paper Piece Pattern
Things to remember
- After you print your pattern take Heart A and B and cut the heart on the “cut line”.
- Paper Piece your hearts. There are great instructions here and here.
- Remember you will need to add 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Remember the heart outline is the stitch/sew line. So cut your heart out at least 1/4″ larger.
- Use this shape for your back and batting pattern.
- Add your ribbons, just like in the Star and Heart Banner.
- Pin front and back shapes, with right sides together, and the batting on the back.
- Sew heart on sew line leaving an opening 2-3″ so you can turn your heart.
- Turn and iron. Don’t burn your fingers.
- Whip stitch opening closed or pull out your glue gun, either way works great.
- Iron again.
- Quilt if you want to. Hint: if you use hot glue quilting might not be a good idea. Needles don’t like glue.
- Tie ribbons together.
- Find a great place to display your hard work!
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I think all little girls need frilly bows! So for a little girl I know, who is turning 2 years old, I set out to make a birthday gift. I’m hoping she will channel all her terrible 2 energy into terrorizing her mother or anything other than pulling her pretty bows out of her hair.
I’m still a beginner when it comes to creating hair bows. My first lesson was at a Relief Society Enrichment Meeting. I only remember two tips; use elastic thread, not wire and wave the ribbon ends over a flame to stop them from unraveling. I’ve learned a little from reading and looking at pictures online. There are many, many pictures and tutorials online but today when I went looking for one I couldn’t find one I really liked. So I decide to see what I could come up with on my own. Since I was making a gift I thought I better make at least one I knew would look good. I’ve made the pinwheel bow before so I knew that was safe and cute. The pink and white bow came from just playing with ribbon. I took pictures for my future reference. Maybe they will be helpful to someone else too.
Wrap elastic thread around gathered bow, tie tight.
Cut a 5″ piece of 5/8″ ribbon. Tie knot.
Hot glue knot to bow covering elastic thread. Wrap ribbon around bow.
Hot glue alligator clip to bow. Make sure flat side of alligator clip will be against head.
Trim extra ribbon.
Last quickly wave ribbon ends over a flame. No more unraveling ribbon ends.
For my next creation I want to make curly ribbon bows. I’m going to need more ribbon for that one and I’ll need to borrow mom’s knitting needles. Do I have you curious?