Festoon your windows with sweet felt hearts for Valentine’s Day! They brighten up drab winter scenery and can be reused year after year. Kids who can handle scissors and enjoy sewing with a simple running stitch will enjoy this craft. The hearts and stitches don’t need to be perfect; a little imperfection and variation makes the garlands more charming! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make them:
Print out a Heart Garland Template and cut out all the hearts. Lay them atop a sheet of white wool felt (you should be able to get one large heart and two each of the three smaller hearts on a single piece of felt) and trace around them with a pencil. Try to cut along the inside of your line so the pencil won’t show when you hang up the garland. Repeat with a piece of red and pink felt.
Next gather up your supplies: seven hearts in each color, embroidery floss and a needle.
Take a length of embroidery floss (in a similar or contrasting color to your heart) about 3 feet in length. Knot one end. Beginning at the bottom of one of the smallest hearts, use a running stitch to sew up the center of the heart. Push this little heart to the bottom of the floss (you may trim the extra floss at the end).
Continue stitching through the center of each heart, going from smallest to biggest, then back to smallest again. Space the hearts about an inch or so apart on the floss.
I made three garlands, one for each color, but you can mix and match colors and sizes however you’d like. Use some tape or a thumbtack to hang your hearts in a window where they’ll catch some sun and spread warm cheer through the house.
Happy Valentine’s Day!