Megan Cavagnaro Dye from Monkey Beans shows you how to make today’s Zakka Valentine Bunting just in time for some sweet celebrations later this week! Learn more about Megan in her introduction, and visit her Monkey Beans shop where she donates 100% of her proceeds to charity.
Today’s Zakka Valentine Bunting is a sweet project that combines the nostalgia of conversation hearts with a zakka twist.
- ¼ yard Essex yarn dyed linen in Flax
- Fat eighths (9”x22”) of five print fabrics
- ½ yard Lightweight fusible interfacing
- 2 yards Cording/ribbon for hanging
- Red embroidery floss
- Assorted trims (I used scraps of cotton crocheted lace trims.)
- Pinking shears
- Sewing machine
Print out heart and text templates. Trace smaller heart template onto linen. Do NOT cut out the hearts at this point. Using this outline as your guide, center text template and transfer word(s) to linen. You can use an air or water soluble marker for this part. Do this for each heart you plan to make.
Embroider words using red floss in the stitch of your choice. I used a chain stitch.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the interfacing to the back of the linen. The interfacing will help to give the linen some additional stability and will help reduce fraying when you cut out the hearts.
Take one of the print fabrics, fold in half, right sides together. Trace large heart template onto wrong side of fabric. Pin through both layers of fabric to keep things from getting shifty and stitch along this line all the way around the heart shape. Do this for each of your print fabrics.
Carefully trim around the stitching. I use pinking shears to do this step. Don’t forget to clip the points as well.
Very carefully clip a small X in the center of just one layer of the fabric.
Turn heart right side out through this opening and press.
Using pinking shears, carefully cut out each linen heart shape, just slightly larger (about 1/8”) than the template outline.
Add trim as desired by stitching in place.
Tuck ends under and position linen heart on top of print fabric heart, covering the opening used for turning. Pin in place.
Stitch around linen heart on template line to secure.
Attach hearts to cording or ribbon by hand stitching in place.
Make It Yours:
There are lots of ways to put your own unique style into this project. Instead of zakka, you could go vintage using repro prints and pastel solids in place of the linen. Or you could embellish the hearts with additional embroidery, buttons or rick rack in place of the lace. Most of all have fun!
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