This is a really easy embroidery project suitable for beginners. It doesn’t take too long to complete and is really easy to do. These hearts also make a fantastic home-made gift.
- Scrap paper or cardboard
- Sharp scissors
- Two different coloured pieces of felt (or suitable material – the outer piece should be fairly robust but the inner piece can be a much lighter fabric if required)
- Coloured thread
- Embellishments such as ribbons, buttons and beads
- Pins or safety pins
To make the embroidered heart:
- First, you need to create a heart stencil. To do this, fold a piece of paper in half and draw half a heart with the centre of the heart being the fold of the paper
- Cut around your stencil and open the paper out – this will ensure the heart shape is pretty symmetrical.
- Fold your heart in half and draw a smaller half-heart inside it. Again cut around this and open the paper out.
- Now you have two heart stencils – one large and one small
- Using your stencils, cut out three heart shapes from your felt or fabric – two large and one small.
- Put one of the large hearts away to one side.
- Use pins to attach the smaller heart to the inside of the larger heart.
- Now sew the smaller heart onto the larger heart using a straight stitch. Don’t worry about the stitches not being completely perfect – slight wonkiness is all part of the charm!
- This is the fun bit! Place embellishments such as buttons or ribbons onto the heart. You can also embroider things directly onto the hearts. Once you are happy with the placement of your embellishments, sew them on.
- Once you are happy with the look of your heart, take the large heart you put to one side and pin it to the back of your embroidered heart.
- Using blanket stitch, sew the two pieces together using blanket stitch (if you don’t know how to do blanket stitch, this YouTube video is a good introduction) leaving about an inch open
- Stuff the heart lightly and then continue stitching the two pieces together.
- You can either use a piece of ribbon as a hanger or you can just use a loop of your embroidery thread to enable your ornament to hang.
I offer my patterns free of charge. If you have made this pattern and liked it, I would really appreciate it if you would make a small donation to the SANDS charity.