This portable, foldable chalkboard heart is the perfect valentine for your favorite little artist.
It can easily be made with chalkboard fabric, and when you are finished, the heart that you sew folds up compactly in such a way that you can store some chalk and a small eraser inside.
Basically, it is the same idea as the sandwich wrap I showed you a few months ago, except this time instead of a square, I cut a heart shape for Valentine’s Day.
To make my pattern, I cut a heart out of Wrapping paper, and played with the size of it until I found the perfect size for wrapping up a few sticks of chalk inside.
Here you can see the general idea of how it gets folded up into what looks like an envelope. Kids could decorate the outside to make it into a cute, one piece, fold-it-up-into-an-envelope valentine.
So, to begin, cut your pattern to the size heart that you want to use. You’ll need to cut two hearts out, one out of a chalkboard fabric, and the other out of whatever fabric you want on the outside.
To sew it up, there are two ways of doing it. You can just put the two cloth hearts together, right sides out, and serge around the outside border of them. That’s the easiest way, although I will have to say that it was difficult to finish the seams well where they come together at the point in the top center with my particular serger. I had to touch mine up with a finishing seam on my regular sewing machine when I was finished.
If you don’t have a serger, though, you can still make this pretty easily by putting the two heart fabrics together, right sides facing each other this time, and sew around the edges, leaving a small space to flip your heart right-side-out afterwards. I would recommend leaving your space along one of the straight sides of the heart, rather than at the top where it’s curvy. It makes things easier for closing up the space later on.
Once you flip it right side out, sew up the open space. I usually do that by sewing all the way around the edge of the entire project, very near the seam, folding the edges of the fabric under at the open part, so that they are sewn closed by that appearingly decorative seam. By doing it that way, it can be closed in a way that looks similar to the rest of the seam.
I started to make another one that way, with my sewing machine, to make sure that it would work out well. I was in a hurry, and didn’t finish it, but you can see the way the seams look in the sewing machine version in the picture above.
One thing you want to keep in mind when working with the different chalkboard fabrics, is that you want to be careful with where you use pins, if you use them, because they can leave a permanent mark. I tend to use clothespins to keep everything together anyway, so that wasn’t a problem for me.
Also, depending upon the chalkboard fabric you use, an iron may melt it. So, just try using your hands to smooth everything out as best as you can. It tends to hold its shape pretty well anyway.
To finish off the project, I decided to make a little heart eraser using craft foam and felt.
All I did was to cut a small heart out of felt, and then glued it onto a slightly bigger heart that I cut out of craft foam.
Just like with the Sandwich wraps, you can make your closure with either an elastic band, or some plastic snaps. I had bought a lot of plastic snaps for other projects awhile back, and find those to be the quickest, easiest way for me. I just folded up my chalkboard heart, and marked where I thought the ideal place would be for my snap, and placed it there.
Once your snap is in place, you are all set. You can wrap up some pieces of chalk, the little heart eraser, and snap it all together for your favorite little valentine. I hope they love it!
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