So I guess calling this craft a bookish project might be a bit of a stretch (ie books are made of paper, har har), but it’s my blog and I do what I want, so here we go.
My daughter begged me to put up a bead curtain between the living room and the toy room, but since we have wee ones in the house, that was a hard no. Not wanting to completely disappoint her, I decided to make some valentine’s inspired paper heart chains to put up instead. They were easy and fun to make. Not to mention the whole project was completed in less than 45 minutes.
What you’ll need:
A sewing machine (a quilting machine works best for going through thick paper)
Quilting thread (you could use regular thread but it’s more likely to break)
Several sheets of card stock (whatever color/pattern you like. I stuck with classic Valentines’ colors: pink, peach, beige, red, coral, cream, etc.)
Fold your card stock into uneven thirds. (Shown below) This will help you get the most hearts for your paper and minimize waste. (Be sure to cut hearts from both folds!)
Here’s another angle so you can tell if you’re doing it right. Unfolded it looks like this:
Cut out a bazillion hearts. (Not really, but cut a lot. Cut the like wind, very old one. Bonus points if you know what film that’s from.)
It’s more fun if you cut them into all different sizes. Here’s what I ended up with when mine were all cut:
Sew those puppies right down the middle, one at a time! If you want some space between each heart, just run the machine for a bit and pull gently on the heart you just sewed through, and then add the next one. (Here are some pictures to demonstrate, because it’s hard to visualize.)
Tip: Make sure you leave some extra thread at the top of each chain or else you won’t have anything to hang them up by! (Shown below)
Here’s another shot after I added the second heart. You can kind of see the spacing. I did larger spaces than this too, just remember to pull the preceding heart gently or else you’ll break the thread.
Once you’ve added all the hearts you want, cut the chain free and see how it looks.
(Oh, and then repeat until you have all the chains you want.)
If you want to make a “pop-up” heart, sew two hearts that are about the same size (you can match color too, if you like) and then fold it out. (shown below)
(Yes, that’s my toddler trying to free my needle from the machine, lol. He’s a great helper.)
Tape your chains to the place of your choice and enjoy them!
I think they turned out pretty cute and my daughter likes them much more than the bead curtain!
Happy Bookish (Belated) Valentine’s Day!