I’ve been rolling the idea of a hand-crafted locket around in my head for about a month now. I’ve tried making lockets out of all kinds of paper, craft foam, even aluminum foil- but nothing has worked out the way I envisioned it. Truthfully, I’m not great at sewing, so I kept putting a fabric locket off …until now.
After collecting my potential materials, I started by drawing the chalk outline of two hearts (connected at the curve) onto my wool blouse.
Next, I folded the heart in half (keeping them connected), and trimmed away the excess fabric.
I wanted the back of the pin to be sturdy and strong, so I cut out a paper backing from a grocery bag. At first, I wasn’t sure exactly where the paper backing was going to go, but I knew that in order to keep the heart pin upright it needed support.
While I figured out the configuration of the inside of the locket, I pinned down green rickrack trim all around the lid…
and sewed it in place.
Next up, I hot-glued the paper backing down onto the inside of the locket. Originally, I had thought I could place my photo onto the paper, and then sew another piece of wool directly atop the photo, but my sewing machine jammed while I was attempting this, and almost ruined yet another locket! Instead of scrapping the entire project for good, I ripped out the thread, and found a colorful and glossy catalog in my pile of mail. I cut out two heart halves and glued them down over my sewing mistake. Next, I cut out another wool heart to cover up the paper backing, and most of the colorful catalog paper. I cut out a small heart-shaped window from the wool, and hand-stitched it onto the glossy paper accent.
Finally, I sewed a little red fabric heart on the front lid of the locket, and sewed in an assortment of beads to give it a little more sparkle. Afterwards, I secured a safety pin to the back of my piece. The fabric locket was finally complete!
What I like about this locket, is that it’s cute enough to pass for a stand-alone pin. Not everyone needs to know that there’s a photo inside of me and my hottie husband.