Filled With Love – Charlotte Newland’s Trendy Textile Heart [With Template]
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we asked The great British Sewing Bee’s Charlotte Newland to get creative, in the name of love! And here’s the gorgeous alternative to giving a Valentine’s card that she came up with! This sweet yet simple framed textile design is the perfect way to show that special someone that your heart is filled with love… literally!
This pretty framed loveheart need not be reserved just for Valentine’s Day though – why not create it for a little one’s bedroom? Or as a birthday gift for a close friend? You could use co-ordinating fabrics to produce three or more and hang them in a row… the home decor possibilities are endless!
Over to Charlotte Newland, to find out exactly how it’s done…
You will need:
- Two 10” squares of feature fabric. (I used a pretty pink heart print fabric)
- One 10” square of plain white fabric
- One 10” square of fusible interfacing
- Coordinating embroidery thread
- Water soluble marker pen
- Matching machine sewing thread
- Love Heart PDF
Using a light box or window, transfer the heart shape to the wrong side of one feature fabric square, making sure to centre the design. Pin the two feature fabric squares right sides together around and inside the heart, as shown.
Now, carefully machine sew along the drawn line of the heart using a shorter than normal stitch length (I used 1.8), then cut away the fabric from inside. Remember to clip into the curves, and trim the seam allowance to about 1/4” (5mm).
After this, flip the sewn fabric right side out so that the pieces are wrong sides together and press carefully. You might need to poke out the pointy part of the heart with a knitting needle or similar item. Apply the fusible interfacing to the back of the white fabric square, and pin the heart shaped window on top ready to be sewn down.
Next, carefully stitch around the heart shaped window using matching thread and a 1/2” (1cm) seam allowance. Transfer the embroidery design from the template using the water soluble pen and a light box or window.
Finally, stitch the embroidery design using four strands of embroidery thread and back stitch. Spray with water to remove the pen marks and allow to dry, then press your finished love heart ready for framing.
It’s the perfect romantic gift – or simply an addition to your own home decor!
Do you know someone who would love to receive this instead of a card this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!