Make & Do: Shabby Chic Hearts

Across the pond, crafters make their way to a sweet spot known as The Make Lounge. Just before Christmas our London friends were busy making vintage hearts for the tree, but we think they’re worth hanging around through Valentine’s.

Steal some time this weekend to fashion hearts, stuffed with lavender; they’re sweet-smelling, and make a lovely gift or addition to your holiday décor. 

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric scraps

  • 6 inches length of ribbon

  • A selection of mother-of-pearl buttons in different sizes and colours

  • Dried lavender or polyester filling

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Pins


  1. Cut one pair of heart shapes from your chosen fabric (we made 4 inches by 2 3/4 inches, but you may alter the size as you wish).

  2. Place the two hearts, wrong sides of fabric together, then pin so they are ready to stitch.

  3. Fold the length of ribbon in half and pin the two cut ends inside the top seam of the decoration.

  4. Stitch around the edge of your heart, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, trapping the ribbon ends in the process. Leave a 3/4 inch gap open for stuffing.

  5. Stuff your heart with lavender (or polyester stuffing, if using) until it is full and firm. Sew up the gap securely.

  6. Take a hand sewing needle and thread with a double length of thread, knotting the end. Hand stitch buttons all over the front of the heart, mixing up sizes and colours, overlapping them and letting them run over the edges for a haphazard, vintage look!

The shabby chic heart in the main image was made by Laurel Waldron, sewing teacher at The Make Lounge in London. To visit The Make Lounge website click here

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kelsey wrote:
This is super cute. Thanks for sharing!

Sun, January 15, 2012 @ 7:57 AM

2. Colin wrote:
What a superb idea - need to grow more lavender this year

Sat, February 4, 2012 @ 2:14 PM

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