These are super cute and relatively easy to make. The pattern and instructions are from the book A Creative Christmas. I used prints from our new Pineberry collection and appliquéd them on Brown Mirage instead of using wool as called for in the book. Because of this I have a few hints to share with you.
Unlike wool, the fabric does tend to fray on the edges which I think just adds to the country look.
However, if you don’t like that look you have a couple options:
1. After cutting out the hearts use a small line of fray check around the cut edges of each piece. I did this on three of them and it worked just fine.
2. The other option would be to sew the front and back together and turn right side out, then stuff. I did not personally try this and you would have to figure in seam allowances when cutting.
Another thing I noticed when using fabric instead of wool—the edges tended to bend over. So to add some support I used iron- on lightweight interfacing on the back. This worked great for me. It didn’t make them feel stiff but gave them some ‘body’.
I tried stuffing my first one with poly stuffing like you would use in a pillow but I didn’t like the way it looked and ended up using a poly batting cut to the same size as the appliquéd heart. I found I like this flatter look better.
The book mentions stuffing with balsam needles but I chose to make my own filler. It came out pretty strong, so I made little muslin bags that I filled and sewed shut. These got positioned on top of the batting layer in the middle of the heart (under the button).
Once I figured out how to make my changes work they went together really fast and you can do the blanket stitching while watching TV.