Yesterday, I updated my winter mantle for Valentine's Day with an easy, three dimensional heart garland made from book pages and construction paper.
An old book
Cut out your hearts two at a time from your book pages by folding two book pages in half together and cutting half of a heart from the two pages. You'll be sewing the two hearts together down the center and then folding down the center so it makes things easier if you do it this way.
My hearts were 2 1/4 inches across the widest part and 2/1/4 inches from the "dip" at the top to the bottom point. I don't think measuring is necessary, though.
I made 64 book page hearts and 18 red hearts. That means I only cut 32 book page hearts and 9 red hearts since I doubled up my paper. Leave them folded together.
This made a garland about 8 feet long.
You'll need your machine loaded with red thread. Leave a "tail" of you want to leave some thread to hang your garland. Then just feed the hearts into your machine with the hearts doubled up the same way you cut them. I used one red set then four book page sets, then one red set and so on.
Go slowly and have your next set in hand while one set is being sewn so you can quickly slip it in.
You'll soon have this! Leave a "tail" at the other end if you like before cutting it off.
Hang it up!
Oh, and pay attention! Can you see I have three book page hearts and then four in the photo above? Oh, well. Part of the charm, right?
Hooking up with Allison at House of Hepworths, Becky from Beyond the Picket Fence, and Kellie from Nest of Posies.