It’s ok to start going hog wild with Valentine crafting, right?! I’m very excited, if you couldn’t tell. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to craft for. There tends to be a lot of glitter, red-and-pink is a great color combination… I could go on and on.
As I ease my way back into non-wedding crafting, I’ve been starting with simple projects that don’t take too long to finish but definitely get the creative juices flowing. I really wanted to experiment with wool felt after I saw this wool Christmas stocking project in Martha Stewart Living last month. I headed over to Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak and found a small selection of wool felt bolts to choose from – luckily red was one of the colors. I decided to start with two heart pins. One puffy, one flat. Be warned that wool felt isn’t cheap. This was definitely a special treat!
SUPPLIES – PUFFY HEART
Red wool felt
Batting (I used leftover batting scraps and pulled them apart to make them more fill-like)
Thin-tip Sharpie marker
Heart-shaped item to trace
Red embroidery thread
(I apologize for the bright photos! This was a late-night crafting project up in my craft room.)
Start out by tracing your heart shape onto your felt.
Place a piece of felt under the traced piece and pin together. With sharp scissors, cut the two hearts out.
With your embroidery thread, sew the pin backing onto one of the hearts.
Next, sew the two heart pieces together, with the pin on the outside of the pairing. I used a quick whip stitch to close the pieces together quickly. Leave a small opening on one side for stuffing.
Add your batting to the inside of the heart. Stuff to the firmness you like. I wanted mine full, but not too tight. Stitch closed and knot the floss on the back of the pin.
You’re ready to go!
For the flat heart pin, I simply traced different sized hearts, thanks to my Valentine heart cookie cutter set. I cut two wool felt hearts, but added in an additional heart cut from a shirting material. Add the pin first to the large main heart and then stitch one heart on top of another however you like.
Looking for wool felt? Check out Purl Soho for a nice offering.