I was invited to create a heart inspired project for the super inspiring 31 days of Love series over at redtedart.com – A blog full of creative things to do for kids, with kids and by kids! I came up with this cute heart mobile idea using my favourite craft material – felt!
Here’s how to make your own…
YOU WILL NEED
Felt in 5 colours (approximately 10 x 20 cm large)
Water soluable pen or tailors chalk
Embroidery threads in black and various other colours
Download the heart template here, cut out and then pin to a piece of felt folded in two.
Cut out the felt heart. Then repeat with the other felt till you have hearts in five different colours (you will have 10 hearts in total)
On to one half of each heart pair draw eyes using a water soluable pen or tailors chalk. I’ve given each of my hearts a different expression.
Use black embroidery thread and sew the eyes onto each heart.
Use a contrasting colour of embroidery thread and stitch two matching felt hearts together. Blanket stitch works well and so does a more simple running stitch or over stitch. Leave a little opening at the top, fill with a small amount of toy stuffing then stitch closed.
Add some rosy cheeks by dipping the end of a cotton bud slightly dampened into a blusher compact. Dab the cotton bud onto the heart.
Thread a large needle with a longish length of bakers twine, sew through the top of the heart. Tie a bow then trim one end short and leave the other on the needle long to fix to the straw.
Push the needle through the straw (try not to bend it as you go). Decide where you want the heart to hang then tie a double knot in the twine and trim. Make a hanging loop by threading a piece of twine about 50cm long through the straw at both ends. Knot to secure.
Hang and admire.
If you are looking for more crafty felty projects my book Felt Sew Good has over 30 to choose from! Click here for more info.