Punch needle “candy” conversation hearts are sure to get your message across to that you’re Crazy 4! Here are some great process tips and photos to ensure sweet results when making your bowl filler (and a tip on turning it into an ornament, too!)
When the punching fun is done, cut off the excess weavers cloth, only leaving a small border about 3/8” wide. Fold this edge to the back of your design, overlapping the cloth as needed to keep as neatly to the heart shape as possible. Use a steam iron to flatten the folded cloth.
Pin the wrong sides of the punched heart and your coordinating fabric together. Cut out the heart shape, leaving about ¼” border of fabric around the punched heart. Make a short 1/4” cut into the edge of the fabric at the V-shaped center of the heart.
Beginning about ¼” left of the v-shaped center, carefully fold over the edge of your coordinating fabric to follow the shape of the punched heart, having its edge meet the punched edge, just under the loops. Using a ladder (invisible) stitch, begin sewing all the way around the heart shape, sewing the edges closed until you are about ¼” away from the v-shaped center of the heart
Use Polyester Fiberfill to stuff the heart to the desired fullness then finish sewing back to your beginning stitch. Knot and trim thread. Your heart is ready to fill a bowl…or give to your Valentine!
(HINT: Want to turn this into an ornament instead? Do it now BEFORE sewing the center closed! Using a coordinating ribbon that’s about 8” long, fold cut, short edges together. Insert this cut edge into the center V-shape, about ¼” in, THEN finish sewing the heart closed. Your ornament is done!)