Another 2 days to the “V” Day, the Valentine’s Day!!!! Most of the time, Valentine’s Day comes within the 15-day festivity celebration of the Chinese New Year. Even if it is not in between these dates, it will be only a few days after the CNY. So, before we take down the CNY decorations, we put up valentines deco as an addition to it instead.
This year, I made a scented love garland from Heart Shaped Sachet and tie it on the artificial plum blossom (梅花) tree, coincidentally which traditionally it is meant for attracting “luck in love” and “better social relationship” (桃花運). Hope that this year it will bring better romance and better relationship to all the members of the family. Let the air fills with the smell of love… LOVE IS IN THE AIR!!!!!
What if after the CNY is over after the peach blossom tree is gone? Don’t throw the Heart Shaped Sachet garland away, alternatively, use it as curtain tie-back, or, simply tie it anywhere you like. I will tie it in my daughter’s room, near her bed, help her to fall into her sweet dream wonderland faster with the calming aroma.
Heart-Shaped Sachet Sewing Pattern
1. Fabric stashes or scraps (2½” x 2½” – 4 pcs. for small hearts, 4″ x 4″ – 6 pcs. for big hearts)
2. Felt 2″ x 2½” – 3 pcs. various colors
3. Sachet filling ingredient – scented potpourri or home-made dried flower
4. Ribbon, lace, yarn or cord
5. Fusible web 2″ x 2½” – 3 pcs.
6. Embroidery flosses & embellishment buttons
1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing kits
4. Printer & letter size paper
5. Pencil or fabric marker
6. Blunt point tweezers
Download the Heart Shaped Sachet pattern of the heart templates & alphabets in pdf format. Print it out onto Letter size paper. Don’t scale the printing if you wish to have the full-size pattern.
Get the latest Acrobat pdf reader if you can’t download the pattern.
Just in case you would like to know, I used a fat quarter stack from Robert Kaufman – Baby Basic Pastel.
Love the colors, polka dots, and stripes.
Cut the Heart Shaped Sachet templates from the pdf pattern. Cut fabrics, felts and fusible web according to the sizes stated in the “materials” above.
Trace 3 big hearts and 2 small hearts on the wrong side of the fabric.
Trace the alphabets “I” & “U” and a small heart on the paper side of the fusible web.
With adhesive side (rough surface) down, iron the alphabets and small heart to the respective felt.
Cut the word out.
Come back to the heart sachet. Stack one of the traced heart fabric to another blank equal size fabric with right facing each other, pin if needed. Sew heart line with a sewing machine, leave 3/4″ opening on the side for turning the heart right side out.
Clip curve on the seam allowance.
Turn the heart right side out for the opening. Use blunt point tweezers if needed.
Press to smooth out the crumples.
Mark heart joining points with a fabric marker.
Stuff with poly-fill for small hearts.
Peel off the paper backing of the fusible web of the alphabets. Position them on the big-heart sachets, press with a warm iron to adhere.
Sew some decorative stitches on the alphabets to further embellish them.
Stuff them with scented potpourri or with your homemade dried rose petals from last year’s valentines. If the potpourri or flowers are too big to get in, break them to smaller pieces. Blunt points tweezers could be a very good helper in filling them.
Sew to close all openings with slip stitches or ladder stitches.
Align the markings on the hearts in big-small-big-small-big order. With 2 hearts facing each other, sew them together at the marking margins with whip stitches.
Determine the length of the tying cord or ribbon you need, sew them to the marking on “I” and “U” heart sachets.
Tie them on your desire place to decorate for the Valentine’s Day.