Did you see our little Valentines William Morris hearts craft on our social media? A seriously easy but effective craft, we thought we’d write a little how-to on our latest William Morris fabric crafts. They’re really great to customise for each holiday too – from Valentines hearts to Easter bunnies to Christmas trees, you can decorate with beautiful Morris prints year round.
We hung our hearts on a little Valentines tree, but you could also use them on a stick in a flower arrangement, or hung in the window with some string. There’s endless ways to utilise them, for Christmas, we put the Christmas trees together in a garland and hung from the mantle.
For this, you’ll just need:
- A bit of cardboard for a pattern – you can use an old cereal box for this if we’re getting all Blue Peter!
- Some beautiful Morris fabric in your chosen designs – this is a great project for using scraps from other projects too
- Stuffing for the inside – if you don’t have any, you can reuse from from an old pillow, or use old scraps of fabric
- Fabric scissors + needle and thread
- Something to use for hanging – ribbon or twine works great
- If you’re going to make them into scented bags, you’ll need your scented beads
- Start by folding your cardboard in half and draw half a heart from the centre fold. For reference, ours are all 10cm from the centre of the heart to the point and 13.5cm from edge to edge. You could always make different sized ones to add some variety to the decor.
- Next, place the open heart template onto two pieces of your William Morris fabric and draw around your template.
- Fold the fabric face to face (pattern to pattern) and use your sewing machine (or hand stitch) from the base point to a point around 6cm from where you started. Make sure you leave this big enough hold so that you can turn the fabric the right way round so it’s not too fiddly and you can stuff the centre with your filling.
- We used some pillow stuffing from an unused pillow, but you could also use these as beautiful little draw sachets, fill them with your favourite scents to put in your draw or hang over your favourite hangers.
- Once lightly stuffed with your filling, fold in the draw edge and use a slip stitch to close the heart.
- Next, thread a darning needle with string. push the needle through the top dip and tie the string with a knot at the top. Leave a 13cm hanging loop. Cut a 20cm piece of string and pull to a knot over the top of the hanging loop and tie in a bow. Neaten the ends of the bow.
- Now you’re done! How easy was that, and so effective as decor. What do you use yours for?
So easy to make, you don’t have to just make them in hearts – try Christmas trees, bunnies for Easter, a star shape and so on, the Skys the limit!
We always love effective crafts that are really easy to make, you could scale these up and make them into sofa cushions too, it’s the same principle but you’ll need a bigger template – it’s always fun how different crafts all lead onto each other! If you have any crafts in mind you’d like to make from our fabric but don’t know where to start, let us know, we’re always happy to spend an afternoon crafting and will write a blog to share the idea with others. We’re always putting ideas on our Instagram too if you’re looking for a bit of Inspo.
If you make this craft, be sure to let us know and tag us in your picture on Instagram!