Monday, January 31, 2011

Be Mine Bonanza: Day 2-Painted Muslin Hearts

Hey! I'm Gwen from Gwenny Penny, and I'm so excited to be here today to share my tutorial as part of Kindra's Be Mine Bonanza. I love to sew, so today I'm going to show you how to make painted muslin hearts.

They have many decorative uses and are really easy to make. Let's get started!

Materials and supplies needed:

  • muslin

  • batting

  • thread

  • red acrylic craft paint

  • foam paintbrush

  • optional embellishments: buttons, twine, rubber stamps, permanent fabric marker, glue

  • Instructions:
    Create a heart template. I drew mine in Word and printed it on a piece of freezer paper, but you can also draw a heart by hand on a piece of paper or cardboard and cut it out. My template was 6" tall and 5" wide.

    Using your template, cut out two hearts from muslin and one from batting.

    Pin your three layers together in this order... batting, muslin, muslin. I used a water soluble fabric pen to draw an outline around my outer piece of muslin about 1/4" from the edge. It's not necessary, but it makes it easier to sew evenly around both curves of the heart.

    Sew around your layered heart about 1/4" from the outside edge. Leave a 2-3" gap along one straight edge for turning. Clip the point and curves of the heart, and turn it right side out.

    Press the heart, making sure to press in the raw edges of the opening.

    Topstitch around your heart about 1/8" from the outside edge.

    Now it's time to paint! I used plain old acrylic craft paint that I had in my stash.

    Use a foam brush to paint one side and the edges of your heart. Make sure you get everything covered with the first coat. Maybe it was just my paint, but any areas that got paint on them after the first coat dried looked uneven. Once the first side and edges dry, turn it over and paint the other side of your heart.

    Now it's time to embellish. I decided to add a message to my heart. I took a scrap of muslin and sewed a rectangle on it. Then I trimmed the edges of the fabric to about 1/8" from the outside edges of my stitches, and I frayed the edges of the fabric.

    Next I got out my rubber stamps. I bought a set of letter stamps for $1 at Michael's a while back, and I've gotten a lot of use out of it. When I stamp on fabric, I use a permanent, waterproof pen to coat each letter stamp. I feel like I have better control over the ink on the stamp when I use this method.

    To finish off my heart, I glued my "love" tag onto the front and then glued a small button on top of that.

    I made another patch for a second heart using my letter stamps and a little matryoshka doll stamp.

    Now you've got this cute little heart that you can use in several different ways. You can glue a loop of twine on the back and hang it on a door or on the wall.

    You can add it to a wreath.

    Or you can make a couple of hearts and use them as bowl fillers, which is how I plan to use mine.

    These hearts are so versatile, and I'd love to see all the creative ways that people embellish them and use them to decorate their homes. If you liked this tutorial, I hope you'll stop by Gwenny Penny and check out some of my other projects. Have a Happy Valentine's Day, and thanks for having me Kindra!

    I can picture these hearts used as ornaments on a mini tree or even attach one to a Valentine gift. So cute!!  I was so priviledged to be a part of Gwen's Haul Out the Holly event this past Christmas. It inspired me to create the Be Mine Bonanza event! And I know you will feel inspired after seeing Gwen's projects! Also, go check out her new sewing closet! Wow! It makes me want to tackle my work space and make it pretty again! Thank you so much, Gwen, for sharing your Painted Muslin Hearts with us today!


    1. Gwen, these hearts are just adorable! I'm definitely making some.

    2. Thanks so much for having me, Kindra! Can't wait to see the rest of the projects this week!

    3. Gwen that is so cute! I just adore them so and they look pretty easy to do! Love them!

    4. Adorable! And they look easy enough to make. I'm gonna have to try this...Thanks for sharing!

    5. Darling, Darling, Darling!! They are so cute! GREAT tutorial! This is SO fun Kindra! :) Have a wonderful day....stay safe and warm. Looks like we are in for it! Take care. ~Sarah~

    6. Love these Gwen (not trying to be punny)and now I have a new blog to follow! Win-win!

    7. The heart on the wreath is so cute! I'm definitely making some of these!

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    9. Be still my heart Gwen! How adorable!!

    10. What I meant to say, yeesh! : Absolutely adorable, my sister has a little Valentine's tree - I am going to forward her this project. Great job Gwen and this is a great series Kindra K!

    11. I love the way you used the stamps. Thanks for entering my apron giveaway...i feel like i haven't talked to you for ages...time goes so fast!

    12. These hearts are so cute, and I think I can zip them up in a jiffy! My house needs a little Valentine perking up, so I'm really glad you guys are doing the Be Mine Bonanza. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and talents!

    13. What a great project....these are so cute!!!

    14. These are really cute and seem easy enough to make im a basic with the sewing machine but i can pull these off thanks...


    I am so happy you stopped by my blog! I appreciate all your fun comments!