What to do with sweater scraps? Can a passionate eco- crafter throw them away? ... Noope! :)
The white and cream scraps left from this project were truly small... yet perfect for some sweater hearts. To add a cheerful note, I also upcycled a very tired red sweater I loved to wear when I was about 15 (ahem... I know, I know!!). Cream, white and red- such a pretty color combo!
Here are the simple instructions for the beginners. I know several of my readers don't sew, but would love to, and this is such a fast and easy project!
- a sewing machine
- old sweaters or scraps of them
- matching thread
- a needle
- a heart template (you can draw it easily just folding a paper sheet in half)
- small buttons
1. Fold the sweater, right sides together (the right of the sweater is inside the fold). Pin the template onto it.
2. Cut around the heart, leaving a nice seam allowance.
3. Machine stitch, leaving an opening to stuff the heart.
4. Trim off any excess of fabric and zig zag all around the shape. This is not mandatory, as these hearts are not meant to be used and washed, but this step prevents the fabric from fraying and keeps the inside of your work neat too. Even if it's hidden, I encourage you to always put care in everything you make!
5. Cutting along the seam allowance will help reversing the heart.
7. Fill the heart with polyfill. A pencil can be a helpful stuffing tool, if you don't own a proper one. Close the opening with invisible stitches.
8. Finish off with a button.
You can use them as: lavender sachets for your drawers (add a spoonful of lavender buds for each heart), stocking fillers, decorative hearts, ornaments for your Christmas tree, little gifts, photo props etc etc etc.