Denim Hearts

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Hearts are everywhere at this time of year, in all shapes, sizes, and materials.  If you save your old jeans instead of throwing them out, I have the perfect Valentine's Day project for you!

Welcome to the Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather.  If you just came from Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers, welcome to the Cottage!  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed.

First, a little background.  Last Fall I was invited to join a Fiber Arts group.  This lovely group of ladies scour thrift stores for wool fabric and turn it into beautiful creations.  Pillows, banners, table runners, tote bags, you name it, they've made it.  This was all new to me and since I currently do not have the room to store large amounts of fabric, I bought a kit of gift bag ornaments to try it out and to see if this was a craft I wanted to pursue.  It was a lot of fun and I made these little cuties:

With Christmas over and still a lack of space, I decided to use some denim in my stash and supplement with felt fabric sheets in assorted colors.  The colors are gorgeous and I now have options for future projects (that don't take up a lot of space).  

So, I started by cutting two 5-inch hearts on my Maker.
Next, I cut some flowers and leaves from that felt - also with my Maker.
I also grabbed a pearl from my stash of goodies.
I attached the two flowers by sewing through them and the pearl.
The leaves were tucked underneath and stitched.
Since the flower was on the left side of the heart, I started playing with a swirl design for the rest of the heart using a piece of chalk.
Using embroidery floss and a stem stitch, I followed the swirl until I was happy with the look.
The other denim heart was pinned to this one and a blanket stitch was used to attach them.
When most of the way around, some Poly Fill Fiber Fill was used to stuff the heart.
The blanket stitch was continued to close it up and the heart was complete.
I made another one with the flower in the middle and didn't add a stem.
I still have one more to finish and then they will be ready for display.  I think they will go in a pretty silver bowl to sit on the coffee table, but, more could always be made and they could be used to make a banner.  
What would you do?

Here's a list of what I used for this project:

Denim 









Remember, this is a blog hop so it's time to visit Leanna @ Pretty DIY Home. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration!  Here's the list:

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DIY Farmhouse Style Valentine Centerpiece


Sling Water Bottle


Easter DIY Riser


Valentine Gifts for the Cook or Chef


DIY Woven Heart Shaped Box


Framed Vintage Valentine Upcycle


Winter White Grapevine Wreath


DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Door Hanger



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Craftastic Monday














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Vintage Charm














Comments

  1. These are SO sweet Ann! How lovely to be invited to join! I'm a fashion designer by trade, but don't do nearly enough fibre arts anymore. I really have to get back to it! Maybe I'll aim for something next month :)

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    1. Thank you, Sara. This is all new to me and the group is so helpful. I tried cross-stitch when I was about 8 years old and that's it! I guess we're never too old to learn something new!!

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  2. Your hearts are truly beautiful creations, Ann! I love them! They are so dainty and look exquisite! Well done!

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  3. These are super cute Ann, your stitching is perfection! They will look so pretty in a silver dish!
    Jenna

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    1. Perfection? That's so sweet of you, Jenna!

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  4. This is a wonderful project Ann! I am cleaning out and have a worn pair of jeans that needs a new purpose. I might have to make this one. Love the details you added to it.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Denim seems to always be readily available and it's easy to work with. Good luck with your project!

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  5. Ann, these are the prettiest denim hearts ever, and I adore the lovely details--pinned!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I really appreciate the pin, Cecilia.

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  6. The denim hearts are so sweet And. Love how you embellished them. Great craft!

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    1. Thanks, Patti. It's a new craft for me and I'm really enjoying it!

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  8. Very nice work - thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I'm always happy to share!

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  9. These are adorable, Ann! Great way to use extra pieces of denim, or any fabric you have around the house. Love the pop-stitch around the edge!

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I'm always happy to share!

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    1. Thank you, Donna...hope all is well with you!

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  11. Love, love, love your denim hearts!! I went on sensory overload when I saw all those gorgeous felt colors available through your link ~ only a crafter can relate to that, right? Lol

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    1. Thanks, Allyson. The colors are even more gorgeous in person!

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  12. These are so cute! I love the blanket stitch. Pinned!

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  13. Ann, these are very beautiful. I love everything about them and your stitches are perfect. Wow. I'm impressed!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. This is all new to me and I'm really enjoying it. I guess old dogs(or bloggers) can learn new tricks! 😉

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  14. Love these denim hearts, so pretty :)

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  15. Tus corazones son preciosos!
    Me encantan 😍😍
    BESOS

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  16. These are the cutest hearts and I think I have most of the material needed to make them!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I hope you'll make them!

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  17. These are beautiful and lovely denim hearts. You are so creative.

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    1. That is so sweet of you to say, Amila. Do come back again soon!

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  18. Your denim hearts are so cute! I love them! Thank you for the step by step directions.

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    1. You're very welcome. I'm so glad you like them!

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  19. Ann,
    These Demin hearts are beautiful. I love the pink stitching. Congratulations, you are being featured on TFT. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2023/01/wooden-valentine-and-thursday-favorite.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  20. I love everything about these and am featuring when my party opens!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I'll be sure to stop by!

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  21. These are darling! What a fun little "happy" to give someone (or yourself!).

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. There are so many ways they can be used. Thank you so much for the feature, Richella!

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  22. Ann, your denim hearts are the cutest! I love the hand stitching you did. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing on the Home Imagined Link party. Have a great week.

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  23. Ann, these are adorable. I would love to learn to sew myself, but never seem to find the time. Maybe one of these days. You did an amazing job, thank you so much for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you so much. It's a new craft that I'm really enjoying!

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  24. These are so pretty and your stitching is so neat. They could be used for SO many thing, what a lovely versatile ideas. They'd be lovely stuffed with something scented and placed or hung in or near the wardrobe or by the bed. Or 3 in decreasing sizes could hang vertically on a ribbon, or you could make several with different colour stitching and then hang them from a wooden pole or branch at different heights as a wall decoration.

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    1. Thank you, Julie, and what great ideas! There are just so many possibilities.

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  25. Ann,
    These sweet hearts are so darn cute!! I Love them!! Thanks so much for sharing!!And thanks so much for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  26. So darn cute. The stitching is wonderful. I am happy to feature these darling little denim hearts at Love Your Creativity.

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  27. I love, love this! I have saved way too much denim and am drowning in embroidery floss. I love to stitch so I will be giving this a whirl!

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  28. I like your idea of using denim, the hearts are very nice and I like the pink edging, they are fabulous!

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