Sharing a Little Love Giveaway | Happy 1 & Happy 2

Last week I shared about our little Sharing a Little Love Giveaway here at So Much Moore. More info on that at the end of this post.

Sharing the love with a few Valentine's Day happies ... and a giveaway
Sharing the love with a few Valentine’s Day happies … and a giveaway

I have had so much fun putting these little happies together. It’s always fun when the project rolling around in your head actually turns out close to the way you imagined it! So, with no further adieu, let’s get started on some basic instructions for our first two happies.

Happy 1 |Flannel Handkerchief

I used an 11″ square of flannel for these, and two different hem options.

The first one has a rolled hem with a straight stitch and an embroidered heart in the corner. If you have a rolled hem presser foot on your machine, these things go together really quick. If not, then you can roll the hem between your fingers until it is as narrow as possible while still enclosing the raw edge.

Narrow rolled hem
A narrow rolled hem makes for a light edge on your handkerchief
Turning down corners for a rolled hem
Turning down the corner before starting the next edge makes for a clean corner.

I decided to add a little embroidered heart in the corner of the handkerchiefs with the rolled hems. There are lots of embroidery tutorials on the internet, but this one at Wild Olive is very easy to follow and includes some great pictures.

The other hem option is a double hem. For mine, I pressed a generous 5/8″ hem and turned it under and pressed it again for a finished hem of just under 3/8″.

First pressing line at just over 5/8"
First pressing line at just over 5/8″

I also mitered the corners, because it eliminates some of the bulk and it has a nice finished look.

step one: trim a corner off the edge
Simply unfold the pressed edges and trim a triangle off the corner.
Next, press down the triangle edge.
Next, press down the triangle edge.
Refold and press your double hem.
Refold and press your double hem.
Refold and press your double hem and stitch close to the free edge.
Refold and press your double hem and stitch close to the free edge.

It may take a little bit of fiddling with it to get the hang of it, but it’s worth it for this more polished look.

Then choose one of those fun decorative stitches on your machine to add a little interest. These little happies will prove quite helpful this time of year, so why not make them extra pretty?

Whether decorative machine stitching, or a hand-embroidered heart, a flannel handkerchief is a hand-made gift that will quickly become a favorite.
Whether decorative machine stitching, or a hand-embroidered heart, a flannel handkerchief is a hand-made gift that will quickly become a favorite.
HAPPY 2 | HEART HAND WARMER

So this little guy was great fun to make. It’s basically a little rice pillow with a fuzzy little envelope style cover.

This little heart-shaped hand warmer will make all the snow so much more bearable.
This little heart-shaped hand warmer will make all the snow so much more bearable.

Here are the materials you’ll need for yours …

The heart hand warmer necessities
The heart hand warmer necessities

You can use a cookie cutter as the template for this one, about 1/2″ larger than the finished size you want.

The cookie cutter template and the finished hand warmer
The cookie cutter template and the finished hand warmer

Cut two hearts out of the lining fabric, an old sheet works great for this, and another piece out of your cover fabric, warm and natural batting is a fun option and the one pictured here. You also need to cut two more pieces out of your cover fabric. One will be the top part of the heart, the other will be the bottom and they need to overlap around 1/2″ in the middle.

All stitching for this project should be done at 1/4″, which means lining your fabric up along the right edge of your presser foot.

Heart lining with pins to show where opening needs to be
Heart lining with pins to show where opening needs to be

Stitch around the heart lining leaving a 1 1/2″ opening on one edge. Trim the edges and snip the curves so they lay flat when you turn your heart lining right side out.

Gently poke out the top curves and bottom point of your heart pillow as needed
Gently poke out the top curves and bottom point of your heart pillow as needed

 

Fill it with rice, leaving just enough room to move the rice out of the way and stitch up the opening.
Fill it with rice, leaving just enough room to move the rice out of the way and stitch up the opening.

Now is the time to embellish your heart with a little embroidery or trim if you choose to, and it’s a perfect little project to practice such things.

A rather rough looking embroidered heart, to prove that it truly doesn't have to be perfect, and may in fact have a little more charm when you end up stitching a slightly wonky little heart.
A rather rough looking embroidered heart, to prove that it truly doesn’t have to be perfect, and may in fact add a little more charm when you end up stitching a slightly wonky little heart.

Layer your heart cover, lining up the edges, in the following order: heart front right side up, top of heart back right side down, bottom of heart right side down.

First two layers: heart front and top of heart back - right sides together.
First two layers: heart front and top of heart back – right sides together.
Final layer: heart bottom - right side down and ready to stitch.
Final layer: heart bottom – right side down and ready to stitch.
Pin all three layers together and stitch all the way around the edge.
Pin all three layers together and stitch all the way around the edge.
Again, trim the edges and clip the curves.
Again, trim the edges and clip the curves.

Turn you heart cover right side out and convince the rice pillow to fit inside. This will take a little patience, but it will work.

These are perfect when you’re waiting for the heat to start pumping in your vehicle. Or maybe a few more to slip under the covers at the end of the bed before you crawl in at night.

Handkerchiefs and hand warmers
Handkerchiefs and hand warmers

So which one are you going to try first?

And who will be receiving yours?

And who will be drawn to win one of these Valentine’s Day happies?

SHARING A LITTLE LOVE SERIES

Find the introduction here.

Find Happy 1, flannel handkerchiefs, and Happy 2, the heart hand warmer, here.

Find Happy 3, the door hanger, and Happy 4, the tech bag, here.

Find Happy 5, the chalkboard heart gift tag, and Happy 6, the heart pot pincher, here.

Find Happy 7, the heart tea bags, and Happy 8, the zippered bags, here.

Find Happy 9, the fold over bag and our Giveaway winner, here.

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Enjoy! And good luck!

For Day 2 of this series, featuring door hangers and tech bags, click here

About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

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