Hi, it's Karin here today with a Sizzix Tutorial on how to make a heart-shaped hot pack using the Sizzix Bigz Pro die Heart and the Big Shot Pro with Standard Accessories. It's a great Valentine's Day gift for moms, daughters, friends and anyone you love (or even just like a whole lot).
This tutorial can be easily altered to use two fat quarters of fabric instead of the scrappy look. I used the 'made fabric' approach to use up pink, purple and red scraps. I'd add a few pieces and then compare it to the die so I'd know where I needed to add more fabric.
Once all the die blades are covered, it's time to die cut the heart.
Roll it through and you have a super cute die cut heart! This could also be appliquéd onto a pillow, wall hanging or mini quilt.
Using a scrap of batting, baste the heart to the batting. I used a small amount of 505 Spray and Fix adhesive, but pins are great, too.
For the back of the heat pack, I wanted to fussy cut a unicorn. With a large piece of thick paper (I used watercolor paper because it was handy), I die cut a heart and kept the outside part to use as a frame. Mark the edges of the heart on the fabric, line it up with the die blades and die cut the fabric.
Baste the back onto a second piece of scrap batting.
I straight-line quilted the front and back— easy peasy!
Repeat for the back piece. Right sides together, sew around the perimeter of the heart with a scant 1/2" seam allowance. Note: It's helpful to sew a curve under the point of the heart at the top; if you sew a point it will be bulky when you turn it right side out. Leave a 3" opening on one side.
Turn the shape right side out and lightly press.
With a paper funnel, fill with rice or flax seed. I used rice for this one as it's more economical and I had it on hand.
That's it! It can be zapped in the microwave to ease aches and pains, and also chilled in the fridge or freezer. I think my five-year-old daughter who loves purple and unicorns will appreciate this to help her stay warm this winter!
Thanks for stopping by,