Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Pocket Heart for Chocolate Kisses


There are so many ways to show someone how much you care. You can give flowers, candy, or something even more special like a pocket heart filled with chocolate kisses…


You will need:
9" x 12" Kunin® Premium Felt – Candy Pink and White
Cricut® Maker® Cutting machine  (optional)
3/8  Pink/White dot, gros grain ribbon – 6”
Embroidery floss – Dark pink and white
Pink pearl and/or red glitter buttons
Embroidery needle
Felt glue, or Lo-temp glue gun
Pocket heart pattern – 3” x 9”
Filigree heart and simple heart patterns
Scissors

NOTE: The pocket heart can be cut with either scissors, or the Cricut Maker.  If you have a Maker you can also embellish your pocket heart with small, filigree hearts… 

·       Cut one 3” x 9” piece from white and one from pink felt.





·       Fold each piece in half, then lay one on top of the other at right angles.


·       Take the top loop on the right (pink) then push through the middle of the top loop on the left (white).


·       Take the top loop on the left (white) then push through the middle of the second loop on the right (pink).  


·       Push the third pink loop through the middle of the white loop, then the end of the white loop into the bottom pink loop.  When weaving a “pocket”, the loops go through and around each other, not over and under.  Hold the pink loops with one hand while pushing the white loop tightly against the top of the pink piece.


·       Push the second white loop through the top pink loop, around the second pink loop, through the third and around the bottom pink loop.  Push up against the first white loop.


·       Push the top pink loop thru the third white loop then around the last white loop. Repeat threading the remaining white loops through and around. Your heart will look this and will open at the center.



·       To make a handle, cut then glue a 6” x ½” strip of white felt on top of a 6” x ¾” strip of pink felt. Glue one end at each side of the pocket at the center.

·       Create a simple bow then, with a button at the center, stitch to one side of the heart pocket at the center.


·       Optional: If you like the look of embroidery on felt, decorate the upper edge of the pocket heart with blanket stitch. Use white embroidery floss on the pink side and pink embroidery floss on the white side.





·       For readers who have a Cricut Maker, it’s easy to cut small, 1½”, filigree hearts from pink felt. Glue on top of a 1¾” simple heart, cut from white felt. Make two.


·       Using blanket stitch, embroider around the white edge with pink floss. Leave about 3” of floss at the top of each heart. Attach an additional 3” length of white floss, then tie the ends of the pink and white floss from both hearts together.  Sew a button at the top of the heart, then attach the hearts by looping the floss over and around the button.



NOTES for readers using their Cricut Maker: 


·       Upload the patterns into Cricut Design Space.  When cutting the hearts, you can cut filigree hearts and simple hearts at the same time. 


·       Select felt material then change the blade default setting to select the rotary blade

  


·       Place pieces of pink and white felt side by side on the pink mat.

·       The filigree heart will be very delicate, so remove the felt from around the outer edge of the heart first.

 
·       Carefully weed the pink, filigree hearts while still on the mat, then gently lift the heart from the mat with the spatula.


·       Whether you embellish your pocket heart with a simple bow, or a filigree heart, this is a wonderful gift to show someone how much you care. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but for any day of the year….

  

Hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!  Y'all come back now.............

Yours truly,
Julie 

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