Saturday, 25 August 2012

Shabby Chic Hanging Heart

So today, even though I have a list as long as my arm of other things I should/could do, my procrastination skills out-shone me and once the children left with their father for the rest of the weekend I decided to try something that wasn't on the list.

I blame the cream coloured upholstery fabric I picked up in a charity shop for £1.00 this week - it was just begging to be used for something quickly and I had in mind something lacy and tattered and definitely shabby chic in style.  Last night I happened upon a tutorial for a hanging heart here at Handmade Habour written by the talented Wendy and was itching to get going.

I've seen others like this and so wanted to create something a little less flat and so padded out the first and second layer and then just added as many little layers as I could.  In my stash of "things to use sometime" I have some fabric onto which I printed some vintage images with my inkjet printer so I added her and then embellished the whole thing with vintage buttons and rhinestones and as a finishing touch made a beaded tassel for the bottom.  There's room for improvement but I'm pretty happy with how it looks and I can see that there's opportunities to add secret pockets and scented petals to really make the most of the romantic nature of this.

Here's some of the fabrics and trims I sifted through to make it:


And here's what I made:




I'd love to know what you think.

Because I think this piece is quite romantic I'm going to enter it into the Vintage Elusions challenge.

And because I used Wendy's tutorial (and because I've not added anything for ages) I'm going to link this to Handmade Monday over at the Handmade Harbour and then a little later tonight I shall enjoy looking at what everyone else has been up to.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

19 comments:

  1. I love you heart! The fabrics and embellishments are all perfect! Pam

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  2. Thank you Pam - I have to confess that work by people such as yourself has been a huge inspiration recently x

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  3. I really like it. I also like the idea of adding secret pockets... the things you could put in there! I really like what you have done with this tutorial. :)

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  4. What a very pretty heart. I do like that sweet ladies face that is peeking out.

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  5. I love it, and would never have guessed you'd used my tutorial as it's so different - you've definitely made it your own. Well done, it's gorgeous - and thanks for linking up to Handmade Monday - enjoy x

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  6. Very romantic- love the image on the heart.

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  7. Oh wow! I love crazy shabby chic, so pretty. Is on my 'To Do' list but you know what those are like.

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  8. It's really pretty, I'm forever collecting bits but never getting round to using them. Some more printing onto fabric is on my to do list and it may have just got higher up!

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    1. Oh you should definitely give it a go - once you get the hang of feeding the paper and fabric through the printer it's really easy.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful, so pretty. Well done. Hope you have a good week.

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  10. So very pretty. Hearts seems to be a theme today! Yours IS very romantic and feminine. Lovely make.

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  11. Really beautiful and totally unique...love it! x

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  12. Absolutely beautiful !!! so so romantic .... Thank You for joining us at Vintage Elusions :o)) xx

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  13. brilliant i totally love this thanks fort joining us at vintage elusions and good luck emma xx

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  14. Stunningly gorgeous, love the heart. Thank you for joining us at Vintage Elusions this week. Abbie DT xx

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  15. What a beautiful piece of art. I love this type of vintage. Hugs Rita xx

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  16. Love your heart. Very classy and that printed image fits perfectly with it.

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  17. Oh wow, this is stunning. Thank you for joining in with the Vintage Elusions Challenge
    Lindsay xx

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