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Wool Felt Hearts

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!

Materials

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

sewing needle

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.

Living Crafts Cover Winter 2009

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 Nonwovens

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

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
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

In the Clouds: A hanging kit with lots of hearts plus clouds, with a doll on top of the largest cloud.

Horses

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…

Vicki Compton 2011/02/05 at 7:47 am
  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!

Posted by Living Crafts on Feb 5, 2011 07:09 AM | 758 Comments

758 Responses to “Wool Felt Hearts”

  1. Melissa says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! There are so many crafty posssibilities! Thank you!

  2. Sarah says:

    I love working with felt. My boys and I would have so much fun with this assortment of beautiful colors! I am inspired to make the dove & heart mobile!

  3. Heidi says:

    What a great give away- I’ve made a number of kits from Beardance Crafts and they are all wonderful!

  4. Anna says:

    What a brilliant give-away. Thanks National Nonwovens!

  5. Amy says:

    What beautiful projects! I would love the opportunity to win!

  6. Carrie Williams says:

    These are so cute, especially those horses. I love making ornaments and dolls from felt, but have never treated myself to wool felt. Great projects!

  7. Stacy says:

    This is just awesome! Thank you for being so generous and for the chance to win!

  8. Katie says:

    I just purchased a toy-making book today with many fun felt projects. Wool felt is wonderful to work with, and I love the beautiful colors being offered!

  9. Jamie says:

    Those felt hearts are adorable!

  10. Kathrine says:

    Just discovered how much fun it is to work with felt – so many fantastic possibilities!

  11. Sandra says:

    Don’t tell me I’m late!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have read this yesterday evening and my little one called me – so I thought to come back to leave the comment later – oh, is it too late?

    I would so so love to win this – it is such an amazing giveaway!

  12. Kathleen says:

    I may become addicted to felt! K.

  13. Bonnie says:

    Love this!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  14. Amber says:

    The wool felt horses are so cute. I would love to make them.

  15. Zoe says:

    Such beautiful crafts! Am I too late? I was out at a birthday party for my in-laws that is a pretty good excuse no? Please include me in the giveaway!

  16. Yvonne says:

    Darling ideas… I made the dove at Christmas now I’m going to add some hearts… Love my subscription!!

  17. Tia says:

    Love it. Love the potential of felt, and how simple it is to use.

  18. Rachel says:

    I love working with felt and ever since I started using wool felt, I can’t go back. I can’t wait to start on some hearts!

  19. Cristina Eury says:

    such beauties in these pics! Love the felt!

  20. Amy says:

    these are so beautiful… please don’t tell me i’m late!! how lovely, and i would be delighted to win…

  21. Nikky says:

    These are so great I would love to give felting a try!!!

  22. Francesca says:

    What a beautiful felt and how many nice thing we could make with this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. jasanna says:

    Love the crafts in this blog.. so inspiring and if only I had more time to try some! <3

  24. Tracy says:

    I love this! I’ve just put it on my list of things to do! Thank-you.

  25. Helga says:

    Such beautiful felt and wonderful ideas for what to do with it. I would love to win this. Thank you for offering me the chance!

  26. jessica says:

    oh, choose me!

  27. Lauren says:

    So lovely.

  28. Shirlene says:

    I’m a new follower of this blog and love it! So many wonderful ideas! I’m excited for the fun my 3 yr. old and I will have this Valentine’s day trying the “heart-felt” necklace idea. Your posts help to spark my creativity. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Dawn says:

    Wonderful ideas, thanks for the opportunity if I’m not too late here in England x

  30. Kathi says:

    Thank you. i made one of the heart necklaces for my daughter’s valentines dance. It actually became a small purse, but she loved it. I hope to receive the felt because I want to host a sewing party. Thank you. Kathi

  31. ani says:

    oh my! Amazing giveaway! Now I’m off to make valentine pouches for my boys. Thanks :)

  32. Connie F. says:

    Congratulations Vicki!!!!

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  37. judy rancourt says:

    just what i was looking for my girls and boys that are just learning to sew will love these hearts they will allow them to learn the basic stitches and yet be creative thank you

  38. Bee says:

    Inspiring. Thank you for posting.

  39. Amy Dougherty says:

    I only have faux felt to work with (the real felt is not in the budget) but I still think my residents will enjoy this project whole heartedly!

  40. jacquie weills says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas…Love the hearts and would love to have the horse pattern…
    LOVE your magazine………..

  41. Katie M. says:

    How adorable! I have worked with wool in the past and find it to be one of my favorite passtimes.Any hand stitching catches my eye-would LOVE and APPRECIATE if I won. Hugs!

  42. jennifer says:

    Lovely wool projects, inspirational!

  43. Sarah L says:

    I love working with wool felt! What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to in!

  44. Ann says:

    I lived in Germany for 4 years and seeing these types of crafts as well as quality of fabric/fiber makes me feel like I still have a piece of Germany right here at home. Thank you for the great ideas – and making it so easy to access.

  45. Nancy Vater says:

    I love working with felt for crafts, puppets and flannel board stories. Hope I win!!

  46. Elizabeth says:

    FELT, FELT, FELT…I love it..it is so soft, so warm, and so fun to work with.. The crafts on this site are so sweet..I could just sip green tea and craft with this all day….would love to win and promise I would share…have a felt party!!! thanks for all the sweet ideas… happy felting!!!

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