Tuesday, January 21, 2014

3 Easy Valentine's Projects to Decorate Your Home With Love

Hearts and lace just about define valentine's day for a lot of people, and you can try these 3 easy valentines projects that just ooze love to decorate your home
  1. No-sew heart fleece tied blanket: You can make this as large or small as you like. This can be put together as a valentines' gift or just as a charming love-themed accent to drape over your sofa or favorite chair. Get a rectangle of heart-printed fleece and a rectangle (the same size) of pink, red, or burgundy. Align the edges of the two pieces. Cut strips one-inch wide and four inches deep all the way around the fleece layers. (If you like, set the corner pieces aside and them stitch them together so you can use them to make a small soft pillow that matches your blanket.) Tie the cut strips together, one at a time, and without tying so tightly that you ruin the shape of the blanket.
  2. Lacy basket liner with heart base: This can be done as a no-sew option or you can stitch it together if you wish to. These directions are for the no-sew option. Line your basket with waxed paper. Slide a large piece of lace into the bottom of your basket, so it goes up the sides and drapes over a little. Cut a pink or red heart from felt or fleece fabric. Coat the bottom of the heart with a thin layer of craft glue. Run a bead-line of glue around the inner edges of the basket, to help keep the lace in place so it will hold the basket's shape when the glue dries. Sprinkle iridescent glitter in the glue for a special, sparkly touch.
  3. Lacy silk-heart table cover: Cut a piece of silky fabric large enough to cover your table and to hang down almost to the floor. Stitch a pre-made lace ruffle all the way around the fabric's edge. Cut lace hearts out and stitch them to the edges of the cover, just above the lace, every few inches apart. Use a loose zigzag stitch, or hand sew the lace hearts for the best result.
I would love to hear what you think of these easy valentine's day inspired home decorating and gift ideas, or of any other ideas you would like to share with the Stitching it Right community.

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