How to sew a flying heart badge

These darling little badges are the perfect hand-sewing project to do on a grey, cold February afternoon. You only need a bit of felt, some wadding and a badge pin to make one and are the perfect little gifts to give to your BFFs for Galentine's Day. 

Materials:

  • Sewing kit: needle / scissors / thread
  • Pink embroidery floss 
  • Felt (white + pink + blue)
  • Glittery fabric, a nice touch but not necessary
  • Badge pin
  • Wadding
  • Glue gun*

*I used the glue gun to attach the badge pin on the back, you can also sew this on if you don't have a glue gun. I also used it to glue on the gold fabric, as it's quite tricky to sew on. Alternatively, use some fabric glue or have a go at sewing it.

How to make it:

1. First things first: cut out your pieces. I drew a heart-shape on paper and cut it out to use as a template to cut out my white hearts. Then I cut that heart down a bit to make a template for the pink one, and again for the gold one. The white ones are roughly 6 x 7cm in size.

Cut out your wings as well.

2. Start by sewing on your pink heart with a running stitch to one of the white hearts.

3. Then stitch around the edge of both white hearts together with an other stitch. When you reach where you'd like the wings to be, sandwich them in-between the two white hearts and use running stitch to secure them in. Then, continue with your over-stitch until you reach the second wing. Continue all the way around until there is a small hole left.

4. Stuff your heart with the wadding, just enough so that it's a little puffy.

5. Sew up the hole and glue your badge pin onto the back using a glue gun. If you don't have a glue gun, sew it on with needle and thread.

6. Fabric glue, or a glue gun can be used to glue on the glittery heart. If you don't have any glittery fabric, just create another heart in another colour.

Ta-da! Create a nice little card to go with it and you've make yourself a lovely handmade Valentine's Day gift!

How to make a knitted knot necklace

Let's get knotty (sorry, I had to)! There's a lot you can do with a ball of yarn and even more if you know how to knit. The humble I-cord as it's so strangely named is easy to make and has about a million uses. I'll show you how to turn an I-cord into a funky cool knotted necklace.

But wait, how do I make an I-cord? Take a break and head over to this tutorial on Purl Bee. They're real knitting experts and will take very good care of you on your I-cord journey. Just don't forget to come back to make your necklace!

Supplies:

  • 1 I-cord that is 22 inches in length (I used the 3 stitch method to make mine)
  • a length of chain
  • 2 bead caps, 2 jump rings
  • Needle-nosed pliers (ideally two pairs)

STEP 1: It's time to knot. Follow my lead, okay?

I followed the steps for this Witness to your Splendour knot. It looks really complicated and you might freak out a tiny bit when you see that the video is 7 minutes long! It goes very slow, so it's easy to follow and I stopped by knot around the 4-minute mark.

STEP 2: Let's attach our bead caps onto the ends of our I-cords.

Every bead cap is different. There are tons of styles out there. I just picked these ones up because I thought they were puuuurdy but you can use just about any type. On this one, I fed the end of the yard through the post inside and then tied it off by weaving it in and out of the cord.

STEP 3: Put on the chain.

Use a jump ring to attach the bead cap to your length of chain. It helps to have two pairs of pliers for this part. Then close that ring back up.

STEP 4: Get funky, cuz you just made a knitted knot necklace, woo!

Did you try this? Tweet me a photo or send one over to me on Instagram.

Crazy for crosses

Learning to sew piped cushions was on my list of things to master this summer. They're so simple, why have I avoided them for so long? A friend asked me to sew six small accent pillows in some pretty luxury fabric (£55/meter!!!) with silk trim in July. I think I'm an old hand at them now and show no signs of stopping.

My love for cross-patterned things came out on this pillow which is destined for someone else's home. I printed the fabric the old fashioned way, using a potato stamp. The last time i used a potato stamp was probably kindergarden, twenty-odd years ago but I find it's one of the easiest ways to print on fabric because of the natural sponginess of the spud.

Here you are, a potato-stamped cross pillow with an envelope back and turquoise piping.

How to make stamps

I'm quite bad at hoarding craft materials until I find the perfect thing to do with them. Hence why I've carried around a speeball rubber pad from Canada to Hungary (twice) and to England for the past three years hoping that one day I would decide what to carve into it and finally make some use out of it. That day came this week after I saw this pin from poppy talk.

The simple shapes were a definitely draw, so I decided to finally cut up my pink pad and gouge into it with my carver. I skipped the striped one and embellished the house. Lessons learnt: take your time. Even the slightest knick can screw up the shape. Patience, patience, patience.

The process: