Looking for simple gifts to sew by hand?
This lavender heart is the perfect project for a complete beginner, or when you just feel like making something cute and easy.
Make one for your Mum or Gran, and make sure you make one for yourself too! They smell divine and look great hanging up around the house.
For this project, you will need:
Print out the heart template, and cut around the outer heart shape. Trace around this template twice on your first piece of fabric, and cut out two large hearts.
Trim the heart template down to the smaller sized heart, and trace around this once on your second piece of fabric. Cut out one small fabric heart.
Pin the smaller heart onto the center of one of the larger fabric hearts.
Hand-stitch the smaller heart in place using embroidery floss.
Of course, you can use a sewing machine if you have one!
Pin this decorative large heart to your other plain large fabric heart piece.
Start sewing the two layers together using a simple stitch. Hide the knot from the first stitch between the layers of fabric so that its invisible.
Stop sewing about 1 inch from where you started.
Using a small funnel (or make one yourself out of paper rolled into a cone), fill the heart with dried lavender.
Now finish sewing your heart together.
OPTIONAL: At this stage, you can sew in a small loop of ribbon into the top of your heart.
And your done!
I usually dry my own lavender (after picking it from all my friend's houses who are lucky enough to have it growing in the garden!). For instructions on how to dry your own lavender, check out my how to dry lavender page.
If you don't have access to fresh lavender, it can be hard to find it in the shops. Usually you'll have to pay a lot for a tiny amount. Check out local markets for a bargain, or you can always shop online. I bought some gorgeous dried lavender direct from Provence in France recently through ebay, and it is just divine!
If you're looking for other gifts to sew or make, take a peek at these other easy homemade gift ideas. Go on, you know you want to!
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