Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! How are you planning to show a little love this year?
Inspired by our 2016 intention, I decided it would be fun to make valentines that last! Enter our “heart felt” valentines!
These handmade valentines are a sweet and unexpected way to show your loved ones how much you care.
I took inspiration from some of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories and came up with three fun styles for these valentines. The first is inspired by classic conversation hearts.
The second style is inspired by the valentines I made as a child using paper doilies & construction paper.
The third style has extra dimension and makes a great ornament, perfect for giving and decorating!
Aren’t they sweet? I can’t wait to deliver them to all my favorite people!
Ready to make some heart felt valentines of your own? These valentines require very few supplies and are simple enough that they could be a fun project to make with children!
For all versions:
- Download our heart templates here: NSB heart felt valentines pattern sheet
- I recommend printing on cardstock to make a sturdy template. I find it easiest and most accurate to trace the template directly onto the felt, rather than pinning a paper pattern and cutting around.
- Felt in any colors you prefer (I recommend a wool blend felt, though synthetic craft felt is fine).
- My color palette was inspired by classic conversation hearts (pale pink, yellow, light blue, green, white, purple) and I added a few, more saturated colors for accents (red, magenta, hot pink, light grey).
- Embroidery floss in colors that match your felt and also contrast it.
For conversation hearts:
- Fiberfill (a 12 oz. bag will yield many hearts!)
For ornament style:
- Thread to match felt for larger hearts (optional)
- Short piece of ribbon (~3”; optional)
- Needle for hand embroidery
- Removable ink pen (I recommend water-erasable)
For doily style:
- Pinking shears or scallop edge scissors (optional)
For ornament style:
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Using our template (NSB heart felt valentines pattern sheet), cut two hearts out of felt. On one heart, write out your message using the removable ink pen. Use a favorite saying or make up something special!
- Using red embroidery floss, embroider your message. I recommend using two strands of floss and a backstitch. Use more floss for a bolder look.
When complete, rinse out ink, if applicable.
- Place two hearts together, with message side out. Using embroidery floss that matches the felt, blanket stitch around ¾ of the heart.
I recommend starting in the dip at the top and stitching around one side down to the bottom point. Then, starting in the same place at the top, stitch around the heart bump on the other side and leaving a space of about 1.5” open for stuffing. Do NOT cut your floss at this stage, as it will be used to sew the opening closed.
- Pull a small handful of fiberfill from the bag.
Stuff the heart with fiberfill. I recommend starting with the bump on the partially sewn size, then stuffing the second bump, then the full body of the heart.
- When heart is fully stuffed, pin the opening, and sew closed with blanket stitch.
- You are now ready to start a conversation with your sweetheart!
- Want to make these a bit faster or more simply? These look just as adorable as solid colors! Just cut out a few hearts in each of the felt colors and then pair them at random.
Use floss in one of the two colors (or a different color altogether) to create your blanket stitch, providing a little visual interest.
These two-hue hearts look great on their own or mixed in with the conversation hearts!
- Using our templates (NSB heart felt valentines pattern sheet), cut one large heart and one small heart in two different colors.
- With your scissors, cut freeform scallops around the edge of the large heart. I recommend starting with a single scallop at the center bottom and moving up both sides.
You can save a little time by using pinking shears or other decorative scallop scissors.
- It’s time to embroider your smaller heart! Consider a simple valentine’s phrase like “love” or “be mine”, or plan to embroider a sweet motif like flowers or hearts. Not sure what to embroider? It may be helpful to trace the small heart onto paper to sketch out different styles.
Using your removable ink pen, plot your decoration on the smaller heart and embroider! I like to use flosses in colors that match the large heart for a cohesive look.
When complete, rinse out the ink, if applicable.
- Layer the two hearts, right sides up, centering the smaller. Using a running stitch, sew the small heart to the large.
- If desired, embroider a small motif in each of the scallops, using a color to match the small heart. This is a fun way to mimic or compliment your embroidered motifs in the small heart.
On the back, there will be two visible sets of stitches.
3-D Valentine Ornament
- Using our templates (NSB heart felt valentines pattern sheet), cut two large hearts from one color of felt and four small hearts from another.
- Using a sewing machine and thread, or a hand sewing needle with thread or floss, stitch the two large hearts together from center top to center bottom. This will create a total of four ‘arms’ that make up four large hearts.
Open between the two layers on each side and fold hearts on seamline.
- Center one small heart over one of the larger hearts, aligning the bottom point and top dip of the small heart to the seam- or fold-line of the larger heart. Pin the layers together on one side (I like to pin the left side first). Turning the ‘arm’ so your unpinned side is facing away, center a second small heart over the larger heart that now faces up. Pin one side of the new small heart to the large heart, catching the unpinned side of the previous small heart.
Repeat for all small hearts.
- Using a hand needle and embroidery floss that matches the larger hearts, begin sewing through three layers with a running stitch, working from the center top to the bottom around one side of the heart.
Repeat for all four ‘arms’. You will have four stitched small hearts.
- If you like, repeating the process of step 4, add an second row of stitches to the inside. Use a different shade of floss for visual interest.
Repeat a third time, with another shade of floss, if you prefer.
- Your 3-D valentine is complete! If you want to make it into an ornament, sew a small loop of ribbon to the top center. Otherwise, hand it to someone you love!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If hand embroidery is not your thing, consider using puff paint, glitter, sequins, buttons, or even printed fabric to help embellish your valentines!
Have a question or feedback? Please leave it in the comments below!