Thursday, February 7, 2013

Please Welcome: Jeran from Oleander and Palm

Hi there, this is Jeran from Oleander and Palm.  I'm really excited to be here and share this Valentine's Day wall pendant with you.  I've been having a lot of fun with this geometric heart pattern for Valentine's day.  I even made a giant paper version of this for my wall.

I don't know about you, but I love working with fabric. It comes in every color and pattern imaginable and adds a tactile and textural element to crafts. I think a lot of folks are intimidated by fabric because they think sewing will have to be involved. But, this fabric craft is really simple and requires NO sewing at all.  So don't be scarred, let's have fun with fabric.

1 large fabric napkin (at least 16" wide) 
4" strip of cotton fabric (I used white, pink and light pink)
a small piece of wonder under (iron-on paper backed fusible web)
18" piece of wood dowel
small piece of glittered card stock
string or yarn for hanging the pendant
fabric glue (I like Fabri-Tac)
scissors or rotary cutter

So, here's how you make it. First, start by ironing on your wonder under to the backs of the fabrics you will use for the triangles. Once it is adhered, remove the paper backing.

For the gold triangles, I painted a small piece of white fabric with Martha Stewart's metallic gold craft paint. Once it was dry, I ironed it to set the paint. Then the wonder under can be adhered to the back of this fabric as well.

Now you will need to cut 20 triangles. Start by cutting ten 2 1/2" squares and then cut the squares in half diagonally. I used a rotary cutter, but scissors and a template would work find as well. I cut 8 each of the pink fabrics and 6 of the gold.

Arrange the triangles in the pattern you would like. 

Then arrange them in the middle of the cloth napkin and when you are satisfied with their placement, iron them in place. 
Then to hang the pendant, you will want to either sew or fabric glue the top of the napkin down 1", making a tube opening for the dowel.
I painted my dowel gold and attached an arrow and feathers on either end that I cut from some glittered card stock. And finally, I simply tied a string to either end of the dowel so that I could hang it.

I hope you enjoy this Valentine's Day pendant, I'll be hanging mine for years to come.  Happy Valentine's Day!



  1. I love this! We loved the original, too and this twist on it is so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've never thought of ironing fabric for artwork. great idea Jeran!

  3. Great project and so simple! Neat idea.

  4. It's got that geometric origami feel to it. What a fun concept and a beautiful piece. You guys always find the cream 'o the crop.
    You think that would work with, say, an Iron Man pattern? Musings....

    The Cheeky Daddy

  5. I'm not a huge Valentines day person (might be a cultural thing - I'm from Australia) but I've been wandering around the house, then popping back here again, trying to figure out how to push other things aside and find the time/space to make one! Thanks for sharing this idea, lets just hope I have enough wonder under in the cupboard...

  6. The arrow on the dowel is just plan clever! Looks cute!

  7. The whole piece is beautiful, but I especially love that the dowel is an arrow!

  8. Love this... and just checked out your blog- and I love how you have incorporated this design all over your home. So fantastic... and not too cutesy. Love it!

  9. Great idea and great directions! donita

  10. This is very cool and original! I am so surprised you paint the fabric like change the color! That's so smart!

  11. love the pendant idea! you got my creative juices goin', Jeran!

  12. I really like your idea to paint the fabric! I'd love to make one of these! - heidi adams

  13. This is really neat. I love that it's a no-sew fabric project! I'd love to use this method to make a quilt wall hanging... much easier than actually quilting!