HOW TO SEW A SCRAPPY FABRIC STUFFED HEART / EASY PROJECT

scrappy fabric stuffed heart
stuffed heart

In this post, I’m going to show you how to sew a scrappy fabric stuffed heart. In a previous post, I gave instructions showing how to make scrappy fabric panels that you can use to make these adorable stuffed hearts.

This is a beginner sewing project that is fun and quite addicting.

What you’ll really like about this sewing tutorial is I will show you a way to sew two pieces of fabric together that are small shapes and have small seam allowances.

This is a method that maybe you haven’t seen before and will make this process so much easier and take the frustration out of sewing small pieces together.

Stuffed heart materials

Stuffed Heart Materials and Supplies

Stuffed Heart Instructions

1 -Decide which shape of heart you want to use.

You can trace a heart cookie cutter or use the FREE HEART TEMPLATE I HAVE CREATED FOR YOU.

Download it HERE.

2 -Trace the heart onto the back of the scrappy fabric panel.

I have used a fusible fleece on the back of my scrappy fabric panels as shown in the photo.

It’s unnecessary, but it gives the fabric more stability and something flat to trace the hearts with.

You can make these stuffed hearts any size.

You must leave at least a 1/4″ space around the heart for the seam allowance.

Don’t bring the heart’s edge right to the fabric’s edge.

If you’d like to learn how to make the panels, check out this post and video tutorial.

I would save even the little scraps because you could use them to make a cute cutout to place on a gift card or something.

scrappy fabric stuffed heart

There are so many fun things you can do with this scrappy fabric.

If you use pre-made scrappy fabric panels, you’ll want to optimize and use as much of the panel as possible.

DO NOT CUT OUT YET!

You will sew around the heart first, then cut it out. This method is SO MUCH EASIER and less frustrating.

stuffed heart tracing

3 -Sewing the stuffed heart

Place the backing fabric RIGHT SIDE FACING UP.

Then place the fabric panel or heat front fabric RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN and pin it in place.

Leave a space down on the bottom of the heart, about one and a half to two inches, for stuffing the heart, and then we’ll sew that closed when we’re finished.

stuffed heart

Backstitch at the beginning and at the end of the seam.

When sewing around the curves, if you need to leave the needle down and lift up the presser foot and adjust it just a little bit to get around that corner, you can do that. Just go slow.

When at the V in the heart, leave the needle down, lift up your presser foot, and pivot it. Then, continue to sew.

***You could also use a needle and thread if you don’t have a sewing machine. (I do have some tutorials showing you some stitches that you can use to hand sew).

trimming the stuffed heart

4 -Trimming the heart seam allowance

Cut around the heart, leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Clip notches around the curves and a straight cut at the heart notch.

Take care to NOT cut into the seam.

stuffed heart seam allowance

5 -Turn the heart inside out

Take the turning stick and turn the heart right side facing out.

pressing stuffed heartPoke out the points and smooth the curves. (I like pressing the ¼-inch seam allowance so it’s easier to sew the heart closed).

stuffed heart

6 – Stuff the heart

Fill the heart with stuffing, using the turning stick to push the stuffing into points and curves.

7 – Sewing the stuffed heart closed

To sew the heart closed, take the needle, double-thread it, and knot the end.

Take the needle and insert it just at the bottom of where you finished stitching from the wrong side of the fabric to the front, leaving the knot inside the heart.

Fold the ¼ inch seam allowance inside and pin in place.

Using a ladder stitch or slip stitch, sew the opening closed.

If you’d like to watch a quick tutorial showing how to do this, YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.

stuffed heart ribbon

8 – Adding a ribbon or twine to hang the stuffed heart (optional)

If you want to hang the heart, use a thin ribbon, jute, or yarn.

Decide how long you want it to be.

Thread the yarn needle and insert it into the notch of the heart.

Pull it through and take the needle off the ribbon.

stuffed heart ribbon loop

Make a knot at the bottom and then make another knot further up to create a loop.

You can tie a bow if desired.

Ideas of how to display and use the stuffed heartsstuffed heart doorknob

Hang it over a doorknob or a peg.

stuffed heart gift bagAttach it to a gift bag

stuffed heartHang on a bulletin board

stuffed heart bowlDisplayed in a bowl or a basket

Put in a valentine envelope

Fill a portion of it with some dried lavender buds to make a yummy-smelling sachet

Make a pincushion by filling it with crushed walnut shells and stuffing

stuffed heart broachSew a broach pin on the back to put on a shirt or sweater.

stuffed heart basket

There you have it.

Are you ready to get out your sewing machine, gather up some of your fabric scraps and make a cute scrappy fabric stuffed heart?

Please comment or send me a note if you have any questions.

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How To Make the Cutest Scrappy Fabric for Unique Sewing Projects

scrappy fabric stuffed heart

 If you sew, especially if you are a quilter, you are going to have fabric scraps. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make the cutest scrappy fabric panels that you can use to make some really unique sewing projects.

gift card holder

As you can see, I have my share of fabric scraps.

This is just a small portion of them. I have a video tutorial showing you my method of storing fabric scraps that you might want to check that out.

Oh, I just love the random look of different colors and prints thrown together.

I guess it’s the hippie part of me and the artist coming out in my sewing.

What do you do with this scrappy fabric?

Oh, you can make so many fun things.

scrappy fabric stuffed heart

This process is quite addicting and you’re not going to want to stop with just one scrappy fabric panel.

This is a beginner sewing project, something really fun to do.

So gather up your fabric scraps and let’s get started.

*If you don’t have a fabric scrap collections yet, no worries, just cut some small pieces off some of your favorite fabric.

Materials and Supplies Needed

1 -Getting Set Up to make a scrappy fabric panel

It’s nice to have a little basket that you can sit by the side of your sewing machine while you’re doing this project so that they are easy to grab.

You’ll want to have variety of colors and prints in your basket.

  • Press any pieces that my be wrinkled.
  • If you have a ¼ presser foot, apply that to your sewing machine.
  • Thread your machine with a neutral color of thread.
  • Have a pair of fabric scissors accessible.
  • Get your iron heated up.scrappy fabric pressing

2 -Cut out paper pieces

I like to use magazine pages because they tare really easily, however, some scrap printing paper will work fine.

You can make these scrappy fabric panels as big as you want, but what I find helpful is to not start with such a big panel but to just make little 6×6 inch panels, and then to sew those together to make a bigger panel.

I really like using this small paper cutter. It works great and really speeds up the process.

3 -Sewing the fabric scraps to the paper

***THIS IS LIKE ARTWORK, SO ANYTHING GOES!

The first piece that you’ll put down will be placed somewher in the center of the paper.

I like to kind of start with a smaller piece of fabric. It doesn’t have to be perfectly square.

Find another piece that is the same width as one of the sides. You can trim fabric down as you need, (that’s the beauty of having your scissors handy).

Place the pieces RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, lining up the edges you are joining.

Arrange them somewhere in the middle of the paper and sew them together using a ¼ inch seam allowance. NO NEED TO BACK STITCH AT THIS POINT

scrappy fabric

4 -Adding more pieces to the scrappy fabric panel

Fold the top fabric over and either finger press or you can use your roller tool to flatten out that seam.

Choose another fabric scrap. You want the top piece to have a straight edge, and you can trim the uneven bottom pieces after you sew. The scraps can be placed at an angle.

scrappy fabric

I like to place the scrap in different places before sewing to see if it’s long enough and that it looks like I want it to.

The fabric scraps that extend out to the edges of the paper, you will need to backstitch at the paper edge.

This will prevent the seam from coming unsewn when you are pulling off the paper.

It is a good idea to flip the paper over periodically and cut off the excess fabric about a ½ from the paper edge so you can see how much more you need to add to cover the paper.

scrappy fabric strips

If you don’t have a scrap that is long enough you can sew two or more scraps together to make a longer strip.

scrappy fabric

*** If you are sewing a lighter color of fabric onto a darker fabric, make sure to trim the seam so that you do not see the dark color showing through.

Continue adding strips until the paper is completely covered. 

I like to sew four panels together for most of my projects.

5 -Pressing the scrappy fabric panels

Once you have your panel complete give it a good pressing.

scrappy fabric trimming paper

6 -Trimming the fabric edge

After pressing the panel, take a ruler and trim the fabric even with the paper edges.

Using a rotary cuter is very helpful, however this can be done with a pair of scissors as well.

scrappy fabric

7 -Removing the paper backing

I find this process very enjoyable for some reason. It’s almost therapeutic.

Start ripping pieces of paper off the fabric until all the paper is removed.

If you can’t find an edge to pull, just crinkle the paper and it will usually tear, giving you something to pull.

Once all the paper is removed, give it another pressing.

Continue this process until you have as many scrappy fabric panels as you want.

scrappy fabric

8 -Joining the fabric scrappy panels together

Once you have the panels trimmed and pressed, arrange them how you would like them to look.

Place the top two pieces right sides together and sew down that seam backstitiching at the beginning and at the end of the seam.

 

Open that up. Sew the other two panels together.

Open up the seams and press.

So you don’t have a lot of bulk where the seams are joined here is a little trick.

Press one seam allowances to one side and the other facing the other direction. Line up the seam and pin or clip that in place. 

Then sew the seam.

scrappy fabric

9 -Stabilizing the fabric scrappy panels

You’ll want to stabilize the fabric with some kind of stabilizing material.

I really like this fusible fleece. You can also use cotton batting, or Soft & Stable foam batting.

If you do choose these materials, you’ll want to pin the fabric to the stabilizer in several places and quilt.

scrappy fabric fleece

10-Applying the fusible fleece

Place the stabilizer with the bumpy side facing up.

Then place the scrappy fabric panel onto the stabilizer with the WRONG SIDE FACING DOWN.

Before pressing, trim off any visible stabilizer with the ruler and rotary cutter. This will ensure you don’t get sticky glue onto your iron.

(If you ever get glue or need to clean the bottom of your iron, check out this tutorial HERE).

Press the fabric panel well until the stabilizer is adhered.

scrappy fabric

 

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German Pancake Recipe / Simple 5 Step Yumminess

German panckakes

Hey there, pancake lovers! In this post, we’re diving into the heart of German comfort food… the German pancake.

This German pancake recipe is simply delicious and ridiculously easy to make. There are only 5 simple steps in making them.

Picture this: golden, fluffy clouds of goodness drizzled with syrup or adorned with your favorite fruits and whipping cream.

You’re going to love them.

What is a German pancake?

A German pancake, also known as “Pfannkuchen” or “Eierkuchen,” are a delightful twist on the classic breakfast favorite.

Originating from the heart of Germany, these pancakes boast a unique texture and flavor profile that sets them apart from the typical breakfast pancake.

German pancake

My son and daughter-in-law introduced me to them, as they make them for breakfast several times a week.

All these years without even trying them, I’ve now become a big fan!

 

German pancake

This German pancake recipe makes a 9×13-inch baking dish size.

You can split the mixed batter into two small square baking dishes and serve them individually.

German pancakes are great for breakfast, brunch and even for a yummy and different dessert.

German Pancake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or (I like using oat flour)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 TB butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

 

German pancake oat flour

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Place a 9×13-inch baking dish in the oven as it heats up.
    In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, and a pinch of salt.
  • Don’t overthink it—just mix until it’s a smooth, lump-free batter. (You can even use a blender which makes it really simple).
  • Melt the butter in the baking dish in the preheated oven.
  • Once it’s sizzling, pour in the batter. The sizzle is the secret to that irresistible golden crust.
  • Pop the baking dish back into the oven and let the pancake bake for about 20 minutes.

Keep an eye on it; Watch the magic happen as this German pancake puffs up and turns a gorgeous golden brown.

Take it out of the oven, marvel at your creation, and then serve it up however you like. 

German pancake

What do you put on German pancake?

  • a light sprinkle of powdered sugar
  • a generous drizzle of syryp
  • your favorite berries and a dollop of whipped cream
  • chopped banana, peaches, blackberries or some of your other favorite fruits
  • for a more savory pancake: add a sprinkle of shredded cheese

There you have it, a simple, quick and delicious breakfast experience.

Want a little more protein? Serve with a turkey sausage patty or a few slices of bacon. Yum!

Here are some other German recipes that look amazing.

German Pancake Recipe / Simple 5 Step Yumminess

German panckakes

This German pancake recipe is simply delicious and ridiculously easy to make. There are only 5 simple steps in making them.

Picture this: golden, fluffy clouds of goodness drizzled with syrup or adorned with your favorite fruits and whipping cream. You’re going to love them.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Ready in30 minutes
  • Yield4

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour or (I like using oat flour)
    • 6 large eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 5 TB butter
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a 9×13-inch baking dish in the oven as it heats up.

 
2

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, and a pinch of salt. Don’t overthink it—just mix until it’s a smooth, lump-free batter. You can even use a blender which makes it really simple.

3

Melt the butter in the baking dish in the preheated oven. Once it’s sizzling, pour in the batter. The sizzle is the secret to that irresistible golden crust.

4

Pop the baking dish back into the oven and let the pancake bake for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it; Watch the magic happen as it puffs up and turns a gorgeous golden brown.

5

Take it out of the oven, marvel at your creation, and then serve it up however you like. Powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries—go wild with the toppings!

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