Magazine article Sunset

Light or Heavy Hearts ... Filled with Sand or Fragrance

Magazine article Sunset

Light or Heavy Hearts ... Filled with Sand or Fragrance

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Stuffed with potpourri or white sand, these light or heavy hearts make easy-toassemble necklaces or pincushions for Valentine's Day. The necklace doubles as a sachet. The 2-pound pincushion also serves as a weight to keep sewing patterns from shifting during pinning.

For a necklace, you'll need pattern paper, 1/4 yard cotton fabric, coordinated thread, about 1 1/2 ounces potpourri (available at crafts stores and some florists), polyester batting (optional), a large embroidery needle, and a skein of pearl cotton.

From paper, cut out four hearts (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 3, and 3 1/2 inches across). Trace onto the wrong side of fabric with a soft pencil, making eight 2 1/4-inch hearts, four 2 1/2inch hearts, four 3-inch hearts, and two 3 1/2-inch hearts (measurements permit a 1/4-inch seam allowance). On each, make a 1/4-inch clip where the heart dips at the center. Pair hearts with right sides together; pin, then baste, leaving a 1-inch opening on side for potpourri. Machine-stitch, then turn right-side-out through opening.

Next, stuff hearts with potpourri and hand-stitch openings. If you want a necklace with a milder scent, fill some of the hearts with batting.

To assemble hearts, start with the smallest. Thread 1 1/2 yards of pearl cotton through one side near the top of the heart, leaving a 1 5-inch length at one end for tying the necklace.On the heart's opposite side, make a large knot.

String and knot the hearts in the following sequence (these are measurements before sewing): 2 1/4-inch, then 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, 3, 2 1/2, 2 1/4, and 2 1/4. …

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