Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Warm Hearts : :

Earlier today my two youngest and I decided to do a little crafting together. What we made, we are calling "warm hearts" -- named by Jacob and loved by all of us. This turned out to be the perfect project, for this snowy day, so I had to share! Here is what we did...

warm hearts

What you'll need -- basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, scissors, needle, thread), scrap fabric, wool felt scraps, and flax seed, ours is a combination of flax and a bit of sesame seed. (You can also add lavender, chamomile, or any other aromatic ingredients that you would add when making a sachet.)

making warm hearts

After the kids picked out their fabrics (warning : : this can take a while : ), we cut two large hearts from the wool felt and then a smaller heart from the fabric. I first, zigzag stitched the fabric heart to the top of one of the wool felt hearts. Next, putting the two wool felt hearts right sides facing, I stitched around the hearts, leaving a one inch opening.

top stitching

Simply turn the fabric right side out and begin to fill with your seed and aromatics through the opening until you reach your desired fullness.

flax seed mix

I let the kids do this all by themselves, they loved it!

filling the hearts

Finally, stitch the opening closed -- by hand or with your sewing machine. Warm in microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute.

heating the hearts

And, voila! You have a warm heart for your little one to snuggle with.

Haila's heart

Perfect for snow days and Valentine's day!

Jacob's heart

For more Valentine's Day gift ideas, visit these links by simply clicking on the photo! Enjoy!!

veggie stamping Quilted Heart Valentine Pillow

23 comments:

reneek said...

that is waaaaaay too cute!!!

Handmade in Israel said...

Delightful! Your kids look so happy!

Rie said...

Ahhh, that is so sweet! The hearts look great and the bonus is they are practical too!

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

Very cute! my kids love heatpacs in all shapes and sizes, they also like helping create!

Michelle @ The Crafty Little Fox said...

Cute stuff. It is amazing what kids can do when we leave it to them isn't it! Sometimes I think I help too much.

maureencracknell said...

Thanks to all for the comments! I can't believe how much fun they're having with them! They're the first thing they asked for when they came in from playing out in the snow this afternoon. Prepare to be warming them often!!!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

They are gorgeous! And a great idea, I need to make some for our winter.

Cyn said...

Love them!! What a wonderful idea plus great pictures!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a sweet idea. You certainly have some adorable little helpers on hand there! I am sure their smiles warm your heart.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Sweet Maureen! The kids and the hearts are adorable!!!

Melody said...

That's too fun!

Amanda said...

Very cute. I love this idea!! :)

Catherine said...

Aww those are adorable!!

Turquoise Angels said...

Cute nice work

Charlene said...

A wonderful tutorial and so cute!

VeganCraftastic said...

Super cute!

SocksAndMittens said...

What a great idea! your kids like it, too. they are so cute!

Barbara Dooley said...

These are so cute AND functional! Excited to make them... perfect for this cold weather we're experiencing too!

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Anna said...

awe, so sweet that you did them together. what a cute project. :)

Christine said...

This is a wonderful idea!! and I have all those felted sweaters....I'm going to make one for my recently graduated college baby (always!!) girl.

She will LOVE it!

Taylor Made said...

That is a great idea..it may have to join the to do list in this home. Thanks for sharing.

SFMama said...

These are so cute and great for Valentine's Day. I love that the kids picked out the fabric. I hope you don't mind, but I am so inspired by these, I am linking to this post on my site. Thank you for the Inspiration!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

They are so gorgeous.

Thank you for linking to We Play this week, I am going to link to your post off the Childhood 101 facebook page now :)