Friday, 28 February 2014

Artful Times Challenge 50

Here we are again with another challenge at Artful Times and the theme this time is Anything Goes so I am sure everyone will join in with something they make during the next 2 weeks

You could have a chance to be the winner of the month and get £10 to spend at Oyster Stamps and a winner's award to display in your side bar. Or you could be our runner-up of the month and have a runner's up award. 

I made these ties backs/ornament

We bought some new curtains which are heavy and lined and just right for winter. Well we thought they were but they looked awful when they were just open and hanging down. My friend Valerie sent me some beautiful fabric scraps and I used one piece to make these heart tie backs which have made such a difference to how the curtains look when they are open.

Do pop to see what Von and Neet have made for this the challenge

I have written a tutorial on how to make them if you would like to have a go.

 Mine are tiebacks in the day and tied around the uplighter at night when the curtains are closed. If you have enough material you could make 4 sets and then have matching tiebacks and ornament all the time.

This is my heart shape-you can use this or one of your own, mine is in a 4 x 4 inches square this allows for a seam of an eighth of a inch. You can make yours smaller or bigger

You will need 2ms of cord or ribbon-1m for each tie back/ ornament
8 shapes of your choice-(enough material to cut-out 8 of the shapes.)
Needle and cotton to match the material
Knitting needle to help with the turning to the right side
light weight stuffing--I used a cushion pad.

Cut-out the shapes and place them in pairs

Now place them with the right sides together and lay the ribbon/cord inside the shapes with the end of the ribbon at the top middle of your shapes

Do this at both ends of the ribbon

Stitch around the edges leaving a gap at the bottom. This is the same picture as above and I drew in the stitching because my photograph of this stage didn't look very clear

Turn the shape right side out-if you pull gently on the ribbon it will help. You can also use a knitting needle to help shape the seams from the inside.

 Now stuff the shape and sew the gap up neatly-repeat at the other end.

That's one tieback done so now to do the next one the same.

Have fun

Love Chrissie x


  1. These tie backs are gorgeous and practical too! Brilliant. I didn't manage to join in the box challenge but will try harder for this one! xx

  2. Must get this post up on my computer so I can print out the instructions. These look fab Chrissie. Thanks for the extra - the tute!
    Neet xxx

  3. Lovely work, so glad you could use the scraps! Hugs, Valerie

  4. These look beautiful chrissie and such a great idea for your curtains. Love the heart shape. thanks for your lovely comment you left me
    x catherine

  5. Gorgeous tie backs, they would cost a fortune from a designer shop.
    Yvonne x

  6. Love these. So very professional looking. Great job. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

  7. Wow.. the heart decoration is simply AMAZING dear Chrissie and thanks a lot for showing how to do this!
    Happy weekend-
    Val is an angel as we know!

  8. Totally gorgeous Chrissie ! You really rock Sweetie ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  9. Wow Chrissie, you are multi talented. Your tie backs are beautiful and elegant. If I tried to see these, they would not look like hearts :) Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx ps..your journal page in the previous post is fantastic !

  10. h these are so pretty Chrissie and they are red...so romantic xxx

  11. These look magnificent! How fortunate that Valerie would have fabric scraps that would match your curtains exactly! Beautiful curtains also! ~Diane

  12. Stunning curtains and the heart tie backs just top them off beautifully.

  13. What a great make - and those opulent curtains look magnificent with the heart tie backs in place.
    Alison x

  14. These are fabulous Chrissie.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Your sewn hearts have come out so well Chrissie and love your curtains !
    Von ♥

  16. Hi Chrissie the hearts are so gorgeous and look so pretty. Love and Hugs Sandra XXX


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