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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. Fina says:

    What a wonderful prize. I would love to have such an array of colors to work with!

  2. Veronica says:

    great prize and the horses are sooo cute!

  3. Jakoba says:

    This looks great, a lot of creative ideas to make!

  4. danine says:

    I love love love felt and these wonderful colors!

  5. Judith Ivy says:

    I love the ideas using felt. I wish I could sew as neatly as the examples! Practice, practice, practice!

  6. Olivia says:

    So cute!

  7. Merrilee Larsen says:

    I especially liked the branch with hearts. We made a mobile of hearts last year so this gives us a new felt project for this year. Thanks!

  8. Erin says:

    Oh! Pick me, Pick me!

  9. Jane says:

    What a fabulous giveaway!! I love working with felt!!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I just checked out Bear Dance Crafts, which is where the wonderful patterns come from. DARLING!

    The felted hearts my (4 year old) daughter and I have made look wonderful. We also used a lot of buttons for decorations. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Jennifer says:

    PS I even posted links from my Facebook to these sites – prepare to go viral!!! :-)

  12. ashaddava says:

    …our children would be sooooo excited to have all these colors of “real felt” to ‘work’ with…wonderful prize…thanks for all the project ideas…

  13. Fiona says:

    We have to make valentines for my son’s class and we love these hearts!! So easy yet so beautiful. I just love your blog.

  14. louise says:

    WoW!!!! Amazing giveaway!

  15. ashley says:

    what a warm and lovely giveaway! 100% wool felt is my favourite medium. I’m off to make these cute Valentine’s for my boys! Thank you.

  16. Amy Ackroyd says:

    I especially like the heart/dove mobile. Very nice!

  17. Kristen Blaker says:

    I heart this! (ha ha)
    Hope to make some of these for valentine’s day for my little ones. What a great idea!

  18. Shari J says:

    What a fantastic tutorial on the felt heart necklace and such a sweet tradition. I so appreciate the opportunity to win the generous felt package and the felt kits. Those horses would be something my grandson would love to have. Can’t imagine I will be lucky with this many entries but I wanted you to know the hearts were darling…….Shari

  19. Allison McLeaish says:

    We have been looking for a vday craft involving wool and felt, and cannot wait to make these lovely hearts with my children!

  20. Nancy says:

    I so hope I win!! I can totally see myself making the hearts for family and friends. I do embroidery and can envison the hearts with all sorts of wonderful stiches, perhaps even doing ribbon embroidery. Oh, my, the stuff of wonderful day dreams and plans. My five year old daughter would love me to give her one for Valentine’s Day. I can hear her in my day dream “oh, mommy, it’s beautiful!.”

  21. rosesmama says:

    Wow! What a giveaway! Thanks.

  22. Maria says:

    What a wonderful prize! Thanks for such a generous offer. I’ve been making little felt hearts like this for a few years and love your ideas of how to embellish them. So cute!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to work with wool felt.

  24. Shannon says:

    I just love those horses…I could make one for my daugher (the one who is horse crazy!)

  25. trudi says:

    Wow – how generous.
    Thanks for the opportunity – those horses are beautiful x

  26. Meredith says:

    I love love the hearts and doves! I made the doves (one white, one red) for our Xmas Tree. Wool felt is fantastic!

  27. Kathleen says:

    I love the idea of the pocket necklaces–so darling!

  28. Rachel says:

    Lovely! My daughters are excited to make some felt hearts for our house.

  29. Pasuhi says:

    oh I just love all the wonderful ideas ! What an amazing giveaway

  30. Kristin says:

    Looks great, I hope I win! Thanks for the offer!

  31. delight! these colors, shapes, and textures bring such fun! i would love to receive such a great giveaway!

  32. paola rod says:

    my children and I are going to try to make a mobil.

  33. Susie H. says:

    Oh wow!!! What a perfect giveaway! I’ve been eyeing the horse pattern to make for my daughter. And to have such an assortment of quality felt to work with, heaven! Thank you for the chance!

  34. Eva says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I would love to make a bird and hearts mobile for my little ones!

  35. Sara says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I’m very intrigued by the idea of bamboo felt. And the pattern kits are just darling.

  36. Tiffany says:

    I adore the felted valentine hearts. I am going to have to start that tradition in our family. My children are at that perfect age. The giveaway is awesome as well. The array of colors will inspire so many projects. It could keep a family busy for sometime…very generous.

  37. mamameadows says:

    Exactly what I’ve been hoping and saving for. These ideas are beautiful and delicious. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  38. Elizabeth says:

    What a great giveaway. Please add my name.

  39. Kristin W says:

    What beautiful gifts these will be. We have only recently begun felting and this would be a dream come true! Nice to discover these two new sources. Thank you!!

  40. Amanda says:

    What beautiful crafts that would be wonderful to give to my favorite Valentines – my family!

  41. Holly says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! Felt hearts are exactly what my girls are sewing for their preschool teachers right now. Thanks for the added ideas!

  42. J. Herron says:

    So lovely!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to try my hand at making the dove/heart mobile!!!!

  43. Melissa says:

    Great prize. I love woo felt l to teach sewing. Great because the seams are “healed” unlike when you sew with other materials.

  44. Bridget Lewin says:

    I heart felt!!!!!!! What a sweet valentine tradition! Thanks for sharing! I love the felt and the projects look like sooooo much fun!! love and light!!

  45. Dawn G. says:

    Felt is my favorite! this is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing the ideas and opportunity for some creative magic.

  46. Tara Jansen says:

    I can’t wait to start! I love the flower detail on the heart! My children will love it! Thanks for another great idea!

  47. Susan says:

    These are great giveaways. I love working with felt and the kits look very cute.

  48. cindy stenger says:

    What a great surprise to find such lovely Valentine and spring ideas! I love to work with felt and roving. I am inspired by your projects and look forward to trying them out. Thanks for all that goes into your magazine!

  49. Michelle Moe says:

    We just love all of the ideas from the magazine and have had much success in our attempts. We love to work with felt – both “store bought” and homemade from our sheep!

  50. julie247 says:

    I hope that bundle of felt will come my way! I can’t think of many things that would make me happier! Your projects are lovely.

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