Morning folks! It’s Monday, a brand new start to the week and back to the grind! But with Valentine’s Day looming I’m sure there’s plenty of you stressing over what to get and what plans to make……especially for those planning to propose! OOooOOooHHH! ;) Thankfully we don’t have to share all this anxiety as we’re not big into this day as the rest but that doesn’t stop us appreciating all the LOVE that’ll be in the air this week! :) Well, I’ve actually decided to do a two part DIY series this week for you, if you prefer the more handmade approach…..call me biased but I do think it speaks a thousand more words than commercially bought gifts :D
So my first Valentine’s Special DIY post is making these cute felt love hearts. I knew I wanted to do something that combined rubber stamps and writing messages so instead of making clay ornaments or cookies with words stamped into them, I decided to use the same concept but on crafting felt. All you need are FOUR key materials to make these bad boys which I think would be perfect as either ornaments or as a gift in it self. Oh and you can totally make them much larger too, which would really be awesome! I was a little restricted with time which is why I kept them small but a felt cushion would be one to do the next time, me thinks! :D
- Crafting Felt
- Thread + Needle
- A-Z rubber stamps + Ink
- A heart-shaped template
- 1. Use a heart-shaped template to trace around on your felt sheet.You can free hand draw this, do the folded-over paper method or like me, use something you may have about in the house.
- Once the outline has been draw onto your felt, carefully cut around it using a good pair of scissors
- If you’re making the one felt ornament then you will need to cut out two identical hearts out of felt for the front and back panel but if you’re making more then cut the amount accordingly.
- Pick out the letters you need to create your words/messages and get a good idea of how the words would sit within the heart shape – obviously, you want to centre the best you can. Dab the stamp onto the ink to ensure the ink has been covered thoroughly (not too much though!) and then gently place it onto the felt for a couple of seconds. You may find that if you press down a little too hard, any ink caught on the edges of the stamp would also appear on the felt! Now this could be part of the charm otherwise, try and avoid this by being gentle.
- It is up to you if you want messages or words on both panels so that you have two on the one ornament. Otherwise you could just stamp the front panel and leave the back panel blank. Alternatively, if you fancy it, you could have a different colour or material for the back panel…..the choices are endless! :)
- I used a bit of left over red felt for the loops (roughly 1cm in width and 10cm in length….once double it would be 5cm in length). You can use ribbon, twine, thread or cord for this and the length is up to you to play with. The one I opted for fits perfectly round door handles or picture hooks.
- Add a dollop of glue to fasten the ends of the felt loop and then again when you stick it to the inside/reverse side of the front panel.
- Now pick a thread of your choice and once you’ve place both the front and back panel together (you can use a dressmaker’s pin to hold in place) stitch carefully around the heart. I opted for red to keep it in line with the red used for the stamped words and the loop. The stitching can be dead simple; I’ve used a basic ‘running stitch’ done it but if you’re much more advanced or have more time on your hands then feel free to others like the ‘blanket stitch’ or ‘whip stitch’
- Remember not to stitch around completely as you will need to add the stuffing! So when you’re like 3/4 done (or what you think is enough room to insert the stuffing in) then gently add the stuffing – you really wont need much…probably like the size of your hand. Well, depending on the size of your heart, you can figure how much you’ll need.
- Once stuffed, finish of the stitching and hey presto – you have some cute little stamped felt ornaments! Its as simple as that! :)
I think these are great for all ages, adults and kids alike! I know I’d much rather recieve these anyonymously than a card ;) Oh and hey, you could add a bit of dried lavender if you want that extra bit of ‘romantic’ touch! Anyway, enjoy your valentines crafting and as always, if you give any of my DIY projects a go please do share them with me on my Facebook page (and hashtag it with #craftwithmolu) I get such a kick out of seeing them. Much love xxx