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:

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

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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  9. Very cute. I love this idea!! :)

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  10. A wonderful tutorial and so cute!

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

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

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

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  14. 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!

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

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  16. 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!

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  17. 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 :)

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