Heart Felt Wall Hanging

I had so much fun making this, I don’t know why I quit!   I’ve included a tutorial for anyone interested in make one.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

You’ll need:

1 Square of craft felt

3 6″x6″ pieces of coordinating fabric (scraps are good)

Coordinating (or contrasting) thread

Embroidery floss

Approximately 1 yd ribbon

Scissors

Pinking shears (optional)

Embroider needle

Sewing needle (if hand sewing)

Paper

Sharp marker and/or water soluble pencil

Step 2:

Draw your hearts on a piece of paper or cardboard first.  The felt heart was drawn to be about 3″ long and 3.5″ wide.  The smaller heart was drawn 2.5″ x 3″.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  After drawing the hearts, cut them out and fold in half.  This will help make the hearts more even.  Trim around until both sides are symmetric.  Unfold and place small heart on large and make sure it’s visually pleasing!  (Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect!)

Step 3:

Using larger template and a sharp tipped marker, trace hearts onto your felt.  Make six.  After you’re done tracing, using pinking shears (or regular scissors), cut out each heart.  If using pinking shears, cut so that the zig zag of the blade is just outside of the line, using the line as a guide. (Pictured.) If using regular scissors, just cut along the line. The side of the felt heart with your template markings will now be considered the “wrong” side.

Step 4:

Using a water soluble pencil, trace the smaller heart on your fabric scraps.  Make two per print. Cut out hearts.

Step 5:

Pin the wrongs side of one small heart to the right side (unmarked side) of a large heart, making sure to center it.  Using either a sewing machine, or hand sewing, sew a running stitch1/8th of an inch around the perimeter of the smaller heart. Repeat this step for the remaining five pairs of hearts.

Step 6:

If you intend to embroider the hearts, you can free-hand on the prints, or use a water soluble pencil to add your own designs.  For the top and bottom heart, I used the fabric design as a guide for my embroidery.  On the middle heart, I wrote a letter “M” (for Maggie) and did a simple running stitch.  For instructions on embroidering, click here.  The wall hanging is made my sandwiching two of the felt/fabric hearts together, so I only embroidered three of the six hearts–the ones that would be facing forward when hanging on the wall.

Step 7:

Pull out your ribbon and fold in half.  Allow yourself an inch loop at the top for hanging, and pin a front and back heart, wrong sides together, with the ribbon centered vertically in between.  Pin in place. I hand-sewed each heart “sandwich,” but you can machine sew, if you choose.  I used a buttonhole stitch for the top and bottom heart, and a running stitch for the center heart.  If the top and bottom heart look different, it’s because the buttonhole stitch was pulled to the back for the top, and to the front for the bottom.

Step 8:

Tie the loose ribbon at the bottom into a bow–or don’t!  Just let the tails hang! 🙂

Questions and feedback are welcome–just comment below!

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