Memory Decorations: Create a Hanging Heart For a Loved One This Christmas
Christmas is a time for cherishing your friends and family, and can often be one at which we reflect and remember those who are no longer with us. If you have lost a loved one, this beautiful little project will enable you to create a bespoke ornament in their memory, so they can continue to be a part of your Christmas, for Christmases to come.
If you’d like to make an ornament so that you or someone you know can remember a loved one at Christmas, read Bernadette’s lovely sewing project below, and create something you can hang on the tree year after year, especially for them.
- 2 x 7” squares of fabric
- 6” Grosgrain Ribbon
- 10” Hanging Ribbon
- Embroidery Thread
- Fusible web/bonding agent
- Stitch & Tear temporary stabilizer
- Brother FS130 Sewing Machine
- Either a ScanNCut, or Scissors
Before you start your project, gather all your supplies, and have a quick read through the instructions just to familiarise yourself with the terminology. Press your fabric and ribbon with a suitable iron temperature to ensure it is smooth and easy to work with… you would be amazed with the difference in size a few creases can make!
Fold the ribbon in half and find the centre point. Place two pieces of stabilizer behind the ribbon and, using the embroidery thread and Brother FS130 sewing machine, embroider the word ‘Grandad’ (or another name of your choosing), centralising it on the ribbon.
If using the ScanNCut, make sure the high-tack adhesive fabric support sheet is attached to the standard mat. Place one square of the fabric right-side-down on the mat. Select the basic patterns icon, and scroll down to BA-A067 which is a heart. Enlarge the design to 5”. Remove the blade and holder from the machine. Place the purple erasable pen in the pen holder and check the draw speed is on 3, and draw pressure is on 0. Insert the mat and scan; position the heart over the area you wish to use. Select draw. You only need to draw one heart.
Note: If cutting with scissors, draw the design onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Remove any excess Stitch and Tear stabilizer from behind the wording on the ribbon. Now iron a small strip of fusible bond on to the reverse of the ribbon. Remove the paper backing. Flip your fabric and iron the ribbon centrally over the heart on the right side; this will now stick. The heart will have shown through slightly, or you may want to pop a pin in from the back to see the centre of the heart.
Place your two pieces of fabric right sides together, with the ribbon now on the inside, and sew around the heart design leaving a 3” gap for turning. Trim all the way around leaving a larger edge at the opening. Clip up to the stitching around the curves and to the point, being careful not to cut the stitching.
Turn the heart through, and spend some time teasing the shape out and getting a sharp edge. Press. Fold the hanging ribbon in half (the length of this is personal preference) and either machine or hand-sew the ribbon to the top of the heart. Working with small amounts, stuff the heart until you are happy with the shape, ensuring there are no lumps or bumps.
Slip stitch the opening closed.
Your Christmas ornament is now finished and can take pride of place on your Christmas tree!