Saturday, January 16, 2010

Felt Conversation Heart ring

Give your Valentine a little sugar without the cavities!

Materials:

-Two colors of coordinating felt (I used craft felt but wool felt would also be fantastic)
-heart and circle templates
-scissors
-hand sewing needle
-embroidery thread (approx. one 8 inch length for the entire project), divided into three groups of two strands each
-tacky glue
-hair elastic
-pen
-clothespins

To make my template I used a tiny cookie cutter and traced around it on the back of a cake box I dug out of my recycling bin.

When I compared the size of the heart to the size of my finger I knew it was too big so I simply used it as a guide to draw the size I needed within. The heart I used ended up being a hair shy of an inch wide and about 5/8 of an inch tall.

I have a huge bag full of felt scraps and as you can see it's not going to take much to cut out the heart.

I traced my template onto the felt using a regular ink pen but be sure to trim just inside your markings so you don't end up with this dark fuzz on your final product.

Once the heart was cut out I also cut two circles - one approx. 3/4 of an inch (18mm) and one approx. 1 inch (22mm) - out of my coordinating color of felt. (I used two cake decorating tips as my templates)

The hair elastic was an old one I had my bathroom drawer and was one that just didn't hold my hair back very well. I wasn't sad to put it under the knife, so to speak. :)

To make the ring, cut a section of the hair elastic just a bit smaller than the actual size of the finger (remember it is going to stretch when you put it on). Use the smallest of the two circles and tacky glue it to your cut section of hair elastic. I secured it with clothespins to hold it in place while drying.

While you're waiting you can make the "conversation" part of this project. Conversations hearts have brief and horrifically spelled messages so I chose "Luv U" for its brevity and because I knew it would be easy to stitch. :)
You could probably draw on a guide for yourself but I didn't want to chance there being dark marks not hidden by the thread. Freehanding is possible (as evidenced by mine!) but make sure to start in the top center and stitch the "u" for "luv" - this will assure your word is centered. Of course there's always the chance of a little crookedness (I knew you'd be too polite to bring it up yourself) but just remember that real (candy) conversation hearts aren't perfect either!
I centered my messaged heart onto the center of the large (1 inch) circle and stitched around its border.

Once the glue on the small circle and hair elastic was dry, I took a leftover scrap of embroidery thread and put a couple of stitches across the elastic. I don't know that it's necessary but it made me feel better.

Then I applied plenty of tacky glue to the top of the small circle and placed it in the center of the large circle (this should hide all of your stitches from securing the heart). I again used clothespins to secure it while drying, placing four total around the circle.


When it dries you'll have a sturdy, wearable token of affection for your Valentine made with humble scraps and throwaway items, but more importantly made with love!




9 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, that is way cute! What a fabulous idea. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How precious! Would be a fun project to do with your daughter or granddaughter. So sweet! ♥

Jeanette said...

hi, just found your blog and etsy shop after a friend told me about you. we are somewhat neighbors apparently. your work is beautiful!
I also have an etsy shop and bloggy stuff. nice to "meet" a fellow etsian.
btw, super cute heart ring project!

http://scrapfrog.blogspot.com

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

What a super cute project. I love it!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a cute project! Very crafty and creative.

Brittany said...

Adorable!!!!

schnulicutie8 said...

This made my day, Such a wonderful and simple idea! I already made one, I have been so craft deprived. I was so glad to find something college student away-from-her-home-craft-stuff friendly, I used my mini sewing kit, a hair tie, hair clips for clothes pins, and some spare bits of felt.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

Not sure if this will show, but heres the one I just made:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t66/schnulicutie/Photo68.jpg

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Schnulicutie8 - I LOVE how yours turned out it looks awesome!!

christie said...

I think these would be cute hair ties for a little girl, too. (Mine is more likely to do ponytail holders than rings.)