Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to share a very straightforward tutorial for creating felted hearts. These simple felted hearts take about 5 minutes to make, and can be used in lots of different ways. They would make a sweet card, either glued or stitched on, or they could be felted directly onto a wool sweater or favorite blanket, or used to adorn a gift.
I originally made these based on this tutorial from Design Sponge. Here’s what you’ll need:
-wool roving, like this
-felting mat or piece of thick foam (I used an old memory foam pillow)
–felting needle (JoAnn and Michaels both carry these)
-heart-shaped cookie cutter
-an old sweater, blanket, or scraps of wool if you are going to felt onto something, rather than making separate hearts
Take a small piece of the wool roving and place it in your cookie cutter. It should be a thin layer, and you can always add more layers later if it looks patchy.
Then stab the wool over and over with your felting needle. Be sure to coax fibers to the edges of the cookie cutter with the needle to form the outline of the heart.
Once you’ve filled the cookie cutter shape completely, you can remove it and keep stabbing the felt. If you’re making separate hearts (rather than felting onto a blanket or sweater) you’ll need to peel them off of the foam. And there you have it, heartfelt felted hearts!
If felted hearts aren’t your thing, here are a few other sweet love-themed DIY ideas from around the web:
Thanks for reading along, have a great rest of the week everyone!
Your felt hearts are lovely and look like so much fun to make. I wonder how they might be made really sturdy to wear as pins. A glue mix? Already shops in Ecuador are hanging hearts in their windows. What a surprise.
Thank you Lynn! You’re making RHW so international! Depending on how thick you make them, the hearts are pretty stable, but I wonder if spraying them with a starch mix would firm them up even more. xo
I <3 your felted hearts, and your orange kitty cats!
My orange kitty cats heart the hot water bottle, that’s for sure! 🙂
All these ideas are inspiring me to make my own hearts. I didn’t realize you could make felt that way. And I love the ones sewn onto the hot water bottle cover and nestled next to the sweet cat.
Thanks Carol, they are super simple and sweet. I felted the hearts directly onto the hot water bottle cover (made from an old sweater and inspired by Katy G.), no need to sew them on!
Great Valentine’s post Mera! Two of my favorite things—hearts and wool!