A few years ago, we made these Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments. They’re a great project for beginning sewers, they go quickly, and even people who manage to prick their fingers and try not to swear in front of their kids every time they sew can manage them. So can kids.
But one tip? I wouldn’t try them for the first time with a roomful of second grade Girl Scouts who have really never ever sewed before. With only two other adults — one recovering from hand surgery, and one who may have ended the meeting crying quietly in the corner. Pace yourself.
As a project for three or four kids and an adult, though — it’s a great way to introduce sewing and you end up with a cute little ornament a very short time later.
So we adapted our ornaments as Valentines Day crafts. I freehand drew a heart on a piece of felt, though you could use a cookie cutter if you’re really unsure of yourself. Then we cut out two pieces of felt — a front and a back.
We sewed buttons onto one side of the felt. Since the two sides will be sewn together, I didn’t worry too much about the ugly backside when we were sewing the buttons on.
Ok, and how cute are these Laura Kelly buttons for Buttons Galore? You can find them here if you’d like.
Once we had all the buttons sewn on, we sewed the two hearts together using a simple overhand stitch, and stopping about 3/4 of the way around the heart.
We stuffed it with polyfil — being careful not to overstuff it and strain the stitches, just enough to make it puffy — and finished stitching up the heart. We took a 4 1/2 in length of ribbon, made it into a loop, and sewed it to the back.
Voila! A little felt heart. You could use it as a gift topper…or hang one on the door…or from your Valentine Tree (you don’t have a Valentine Tree? ok, me either…but if I ever do, I’ll put a few of these on it).
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