Friday, December 4, 2015

How To Soothe An Aching Heart?

     Have you ever needed to send a home made gift to someone quickly? My sister's dog of 17 years died yesterday and the whole family is hurting. Her kids, my two nieces and my nephew, are grown now. They are in their twenties, but they are very upset at losing their longtime friend. I wanted to send them something more than just a card and I wanted to send it quick while they need it.
     So I went through my stash of fabric and pulled out a multi-colored purple/pink cotton and cut out a heart shape for each of them. Then I chose a purple fabric for a background selecting a checkered one for my nephew thinking that was a little more masculine.  Here are the steps:

1.) Iron on fusible to the heart fabric.
2.) Cut out the heart.
3.) Iron on fusible to the background fabric. Cut out two of them for each heart.
4.) Cut out a piece of interfacing the same size as the background piece. I used one that has fusible on one side.
5.) Iron on one of the background pieces to the interfacing.
6.) Iron on the heart to the piece above.
7.) Embroider a narrow zig zag around the heart.
8.) Iron on the other background piece to the back of the piece with the heart. That way the back shows no stitching and is nice and neat.
9.) Embroider an edge stitch around the edge. I used a buttonhole stitch.
3 hearts with ruler
close up of heart for my nephew

     These were quick to sew up and I put them in separate cards and wrote "Keep this heart for whenever you feel the need for a hug."  And then I sent them off in the mail.
Afterwards, I thought I should have printed that message on the back of the heart squares.  Next time.  So I know I can't heal their aching hearts, but I can show I care and that holding a heart may help a little. I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday  where you can find other art quilt blogs and Sew and Sow FarmPlease make comments on their posts to let the artists know you stopped by. Thanks for visiting.

14 comments:

  1. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. I'm sure they will be appreciated and cherished.

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    1. I know how it hurts to lose a pet and my nieces and nephews are very dear to me and live far from me so the cloth hearts are my distant hugs.

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  2. a very nice touch, I always give a card to friends who loose their loved ones, pets ARE family! your hearts are more lasting, a wonderful idea.

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    1. I think the hearts may become permanent gift ideas for me from now on.

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  3. Very sweet:)
    This follows a thoughtful post i read yesterday at The Way I Sew It, I shared a link to your there. Find it at:

    http://thewayisewit.blogspot.com/2015/12/care-and-comfort.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWayISewIt+%28The+Way+I+Sew+It%29.

    Also check out the monthly linky, live today at
    http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2015/12/sew-simple-saturday-linky-party.html

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    1. Thank you, Heidi, for sharing my post and for the links. It was very thoughtful of you.

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  4. Those are so sweet and so thoughtful of you! And a really great idea! It's the little things in life that really matters and these little hearts are just perfect! Thank you for sharing and linking up and most importantly for being so thoughtful! xo jan

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    1. It's always the little things that matter to me the most. I hope to pass that on the to the next generation.

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  5. This is such a good idea. Sometimes I don't know what to say when people are hurting, but this would be a sweet message to get the idea across that you are thinking of them and that you care!
    BTW, it turned out very cute!

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  6. Yes, it is hard to know what words to say... Most seem so over used. I'm glad to have a fabric stash handy for times like this.

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  7. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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    1. My pleasure. It's important to pass it on.

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  8. Lovely thoughtful idea... I have made hearts to give on such occasions, too, and they are always appreciated.

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    1. When I get some time, I need to make some more hearts to keep in reserve for such occasions. When they are needed, they are needed quickly.

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