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I made these little hefty hearts for the kids to put in their pockets on the first day at their new schools. I saw the idea on Pinterest (to which I am now hopelessly addicted) from the blog Curly Birds and thought it would be a perfect little reminder that their family loves them dearly. I used wool felt, stitched with a blanket stitch and stuffed with barley (and love). I had hoped the barley would add slightly more heft, but I am happy with the result nonetheless. I also added a drop of lavender oil, so it smells extra nice. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait on giving them until the first day though.
(Edited to add Curly Birds website on 9/7/11.)