Candies, hearts and pretty things… Valentine’s Day is a wonderful excuse to indulge in whimsy. These Valentine Necklaces embrace the darling side of the day, but they aren’t precious or persnickety to sew. In fact, they’re a snap!
For each little heart I used the winning combination of Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn and Wollfilz’s Wool Felt. I sewed the heart charms on a machine, stuffed them with cotton, closed them by hand, and voila, they were done and ready to wear… or give! Celebrate pretty things this Valentine’s Day! -Molly
Update: New Materials
Update: New Materials
January 25th, 2016
We created new versions of these necklaces with a new materials kit! To see more photos check out our Valentine’s Necklaces in Liberty of London for 2016 post and to pick up a kit click here!
- ¼ yard of Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn (Seasonal or Classics). We used ¼ yard of each of the following Seasonal prints: Cornflower Blue Philip Clay, Gray Alice W, Olive Oxford, and Peach/Green Mrs. Monroe. Each ¼ yard makes dozens of hearts.
- 1 piece of Wollfilz’s 1mm Wool Felt. We used two colors: Ecru and Coral. Each piece makes dozens of hearts.
- 1 spool of Tangles N Knots’ 1mm Chinese Knotting Cord. We used White and Peach. Each spool makes 12-15 cords.
- 1 package of Quilter’s Dream’s Sweet Dream Cotton Stuffing, which is enough to make dozens of necklaces.
- A 110-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Thread in color 1040
- A Valentine Necklace template printed and cut out
You will also need a pencil or fabric marker.
- Charm: Approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 1 ½ inches tall
- Necklace circumference: 23 ½ (29 ½) inches
Using the template, cut a heart shape from both the Tana Lawn and the Wool Felt.
Use your pencil or fabric marker to mark the two little gap lines onto the back of the Tana Lawn piece.
Cut a 24 (30)-inch length of the Knotting Cord and tie the ends together in a simple overhand knot.
Lay the Tana Lawn heart on top of the Wool Felt heart, right sides together, and then place the Cord between the two layers with the knot sticking out the top divot of the heart. The knot should be approximately 3/8 inch away from the divot. Arrange the rest of the Cord so that it exits the heart between the two gap lines.
Pin the two fabric pieces together, making sure that the Cord is passing between the gap lines. Pay special attention to pinning the Cord into place at the top divot.
With a 1/8-inch seam allowance, sew the two fabric pieces together around the perimeter of the heart shape. Leave the area between the gap markings unsewn and make sure to only sew into the cording at the top divot. Backstitch at the beginning and end of this seam. Sew very slowly and carefully.
Turn the pieces right side out and poke out all of the curved and pointed angles with a knitting needle or other pointed object.
Tightly stuff the heart through the gap.
Use a ladder stitch to sew the gap closed.
For a more in depth explanation of the ladder stitch check out our Ladder Stitch Tutorial here.
Once the gap is closed, tie a small knot close to the seam and push the needle through to the back of the heart. Snip the thread at the exit point to hide the end.
Repeat to make as many necklaces as you like!