Each Monday over the next month I’ll be posting a new recycled Valentine’s Day project. Seems like an awful lot of Valentine’s day stuff goes into the landfill or gets dumps into the recycling bin after just a few days. So skip the plastic hearts and store-bought cards and spread some recycled love this year.
Today’s project is a copy of the IKEA heart. Have you seen it? A little heart with arms? At the bottom of this page. A huggable heart in a miniature, recycled version. I added a face too. For the fabrics, I used a felted sweater, old men’s shirt, vintage fabric and a worn-out baby dress. The buttons are extras from clothing, and the filling is from an old pillow.
Here are some abbreviated instructions.
- Cut heart shapes and arms according to heart template.
- Sew buttons and mouth.
- Sew arms, right sides together, turn right sides out and stuff them.
- Pin it all together as shown below and sew, leaving an opening for stuffing.
- Turn right sides out and stuff.
- Hand sew opening closed.
If you make one of these, be sure to post a photo in the Make it Monday Flickr group. Thanks!