Stitching Hearts in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


Red Sweater Hearts FramedLast week I had a work-related training meeting in NYC. By the time I came home to Kansas I’d been in four planes, one train, and numerous cars and cabs, including a four-hour airport layover. Luckily, I’d brought along a project that hardly took up any space in my bag . . . hand-stitching little hearts made from the sleeve of an old red sweater. (If you predict a What Can You Make With A . . .? post coming up, you’re right!) I cut the shapes at home using a small cookie cutter for a template, then joined each pair together with a blanket stitch on my travels, leaving a small opening for stuffing and closing when I returned. What will I do with them? So far I’ve thought of:

  • adding a pin to the back for a Valentine brooch,
  • tying them onto baker’s twine for gift-wrapping,
  • displaying them in a pink heart-shaped bowl,
  • sewing or tying them onto a small wreath,
  • sewing them onto a pillow, and
  • stringing them together for garland.

Your ideas are welcome! β™₯

101 responses »

  1. Sew cute! I usually make fabric yo-yo’s when in dire need of hand occupation syndrome. What about putting one (or more) on a hairband in place of where you might put a fabric flower?

  2. Wow! What would you do if it were Eight planes, two trains, and numerous cars and cabs, including an eight-hour airport layover.? You are very, very crafty. I just love it:)

  3. Bless your heart, your exciting travel brought back pure hell from my travel days for work, after 365,000+ miles in seven years I finally said enough. I cringeddddddddddd when I read this post, but I really liked your creation!

  4. I like the idea of making them into a heart and attaching them to a board possibly within a box frame or on a pillow or… a little heart in a pocket of a doll or a bear for a child or a lucky dip of hearts for your hubby velcroed in a heart to a boad with a message of love/ love coupon under each or in a bowl with a number and a corresponding sheet of the same. or finally something I saw on pin interest, used as a love message all over the home in glasses case, in with sandwiches in a pocket of clothes he will wear and so on. but the main thing is they are hearts and I love hearts πŸ™‚

  5. Hang a few with fishing line, write “Love is in the air” on them. Put a drop of Essential oil as an air freshener.
    Write “Pay it forward”, “Love…pass it on” or “Love is free” and secretly leave them at places you go. Shopping, dining…..
    A magnet.
    They are cute!

  6. I like the idea of a garland perhaps strung thro some bare twigs either in a really large jug/ vase container or inside a window πŸ™‚
    Well done Crafty Kathryn πŸ™‚ Love them .

  7. Love these! If I was sitting near you on the train I probably would have asked if you sell them. So cute and I like the garland idea!

  8. I have 2 suggestions.One is to have a few with ribbon dividing them as a festive (any festival) decoration and the other is to give to special people when they need a little extra love and or courage such as sitting an examination, going to hospital or as a good luck token at a happy occasion such as wedding or party. I make small knitted hearts and I find them a very popular item. i enjoyed your post and all the suggestions. πŸ™‚

  9. I think is a very good idea to stay busy when you traveling make the time go fast and you not feel so bad about all the delays in the airports.

  10. These are so sweet, and my goodness, the possibilities are endless! And how funny that we both posted about Valentine crafts made with repurposed sweaters yesterday! Our creative karma aligned!

  11. Three things… 1. These are ADORABLE! 2. I love all of your ideas for what to do with them — I think my favorite being the wreath idea! 3. And now I have a sudden urge to go watch Trains, Planes, and Automobiles! πŸ™‚

  12. These are very sweet, you did a great job and you have lots of fantastic ideas of what you could create with them. I was thinking hair clips/hair accessories or even simply attaching it to a card with a lovely quote underneath….look forward to seeing what you make πŸ™‚

    • I LOVE those ideas! I have lots of little girls in the family who would love a heart hair accessory to wear to their Valentine parties at school! And I’m collecting ideas for handmade cards, too, so thank you! πŸ™‚

    • I guess I was too excited to sleep since I don’t often go off on adventures! πŸ™‚ And, truthfully, I spent a lot of time sight-seeing out the windows thinking, “I’m not in Kansas anymore!” πŸ™‚

  13. as a wife of a child youth worker who spend most of his day thinking of creative eduction tech….i would put numbers on each….and use them for a valentines math class… they are soft so if they get thrown….wont hurt which happens in speicalized schools more often then not lol

  14. I love your way to keep busy on a loonnnngggg commute! Perhaps you could put some lavender in the hearts along with the stuffing for sachets? (I don’t sew at all, so I don’t know if this is possible). Love your blog.

  15. You are so clever, I am always dragging a project with me, I love what you have made. Next time you are in NY, look me up πŸ™‚

    • I WILL! Are you anywhere near Pelham??? Oh, and a short part of my trip was visiting my sweet kids in Philly. As a hostess gift, I gave them the rag rug coasters I bought from your boutique . . . they LOVE!!! them! πŸ™‚

      • No, I am about 3 1/2 hours away, I am in the middle of the state. I am glad my coaster made a great gift πŸ™‚ I am trying to make heart ones now, but without any luck (so far)

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  17. That’s a fantastic idea for a mobile travel project. I’m always really annoyed with air travel that I can’t knit. But stitching presents all sorts of new ideas for whiling away the hours on planes and trains. πŸ™‚

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