by Fiona Duthie
These wool felt hearts have been a Valentines mainstay in our family for years. The hearts made their first appearance when my sons were quite young, starting a tradition of them coming downstairs in the morning to find a Valentines neck pocket each, hanging in the doorway and filled with little treasures. After discovering what was hidden inside, the boys would wear their hearts as necklaces all day and look more sweet than any Valentines candies have ever been.
We have made variations over the years; quilted cottons; knitted yarns; wet felted wool; folded paper….but always come back to these felt lovelies!
0.25 yard red wool felt will make 7 hearts- we used National Non-Wovens
2 inch square pieces colored wool felt, such as white, pink, lilac, yellow, or coral- we used
wool felt sheets from Bear Dance Crafts
red sewing thread or embroidery floss
ribbon or braided yarn for necklace or for hanging.
wool for stuffing
optional: embroidery floss and beads for embellishing
For Wool Felt Heart Pocket:
Step 1) Cut out two large hearts and one small heart (or any other shape you desire).
Step 2) Sew the small heart onto the large heart, using blanket stitch. Leave a small opening and stuff with a small amount of wool roving, or some fabric scraps. Finish sewing around the small heart.
Step 3) Sew around the large heart from widest point, and around the bottom to the other side, catching in the necklace ribbon or braided yarn. Secure the necklace well with a few extra stitches. Embroider a vine and leaf design on the small heart, and /or sew on some beads. As an alternative, cut felt circles in a range of colors and sew onto the large heart using either blanket stitch or running stitch.
The Wool Felt Hearts also make beautiful decorations, hung together as a garland or wall hanging or hung on a door knob. Try stuffing them with dried herbs for use as a sachet; with beans for bean bags or with wool or emery for a pin cushion. These make beautiful gifts – simple to make and lovely to look at.
To make the Filled Hearts, follow all the steps for the Wool Felt Heart Pockets, but in step 3, sew all around the large hearts, leaving a space open and stuff lightly. Finish sewing around the heart.
If your heart will be a hanging decoration, sew on a length of folded ribbon to the back.
You can also use the small heart pattern to make our Love Dove mobile. Cut out 16 small hearts in different colors of wool felt. Sew two colors together, using blanket stitch and leaving a small opening for stuffing. Stuff and finish sewing around the heart. Repeat for all eight hearts. It’s nice to use different colors for each side so the colors shift as the hearts catch a breeze.
The Doves are made from the Peace Doves pattern in the Winter 2009 issue of Living Crafts. To make the two tiny doves reduce the full size pattern by 72%. Sew on a thread hanger through the top of each dove and heart- we used some gold metallic embroidery floss for a little shimmer to catch the light. With its soft, fresh, colors, the Love Dove Mobile is charming to hang for Valentines Day, and to welcome Spring. Wouldn’t it be beautiful hanging over a child’s bed?
Felt and Pattern Giveaway
National Non-Wovens has generously offered an assortment of felt for the lucky winner! Their gift includes a perpetual calendar with many patterns, and …. ready for this? 36 each 5” square 100% wool felt sheets in 6 colors, 11 half-yards of wool/rayon felt in 11 different colors, along with 8 half-yards of bamboo felt in 8 different colors, a total of 25 colors of felt to add to your stash!
Wool felt is such a delight to work with. It feels soft and substantial in your hands, and is a perfect canvas for embellishing. In addition to the above, Bear Dance Crafts has a great assortment of wool felt kits for each season and are including 4 seasonal favorites here as a giveaway for
Living Crafts readers:
Butterfly Kiss: These two little butterflies hanging under a heart can be hung almost anywhere. Made with wool felt and bead heads, this project is easy enough for a beginner.
Heart Elf: Adorable heart elf comes with pink-toned felt and fairy-tale wool hair in pink and purple tones. She sits perched in a sturdy heart covered with felt and felt leaves, has little pink wings and little beads decorating her clothing.
In the Clouds: A hanging kit with lots of hearts plus clouds, with a doll on top of the largest cloud.
Wool Felt Horse: Make this wonderful hand-stitched wool felt horse with clear instructions and full-size pattern. Finished horse measures approx. 8″/20 cm tall.
To enter this drawing, worth over $200, please leave a comment on this post by Sunday 8 p.m. EST (February 6, 2011). Winner will be announced Monday.
And the winner is…
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||Real wool felt is a rare commodity these days…but the feel and colours are worth it! My kids and I love creating things with this naturally warm and beautiful fabric!