Time for another Christmas tutorial! Today, learn how to make a felt heart ornament covered in buttons.
This button heart ornament is part of a set of cute felt Christmas decorations I designed for docrafts Creativity magazine last year.
I'm sharing all the tutorials so you can sew a whole set of ornaments, or mix and match your faves. So far I've shared the snowman bauble, the stripey stocking, the reindeer bauble, the sparkly star and the angel bauble. The final two projects will be popping up on my blog in the next couple of weeks.
- templates (see the bottom of this post)
- red felt
- red sewing thread
- assorted red buttons
- a mini ribbon bow and matching sewing thread (I used a fabulously sparkly glitter bow from the docrafts Create Christmas range and white thread)
- white embroidery thread (floss)
- white narrow ribbon
- toy stuffing
- sewing scissors
- sewing needles and pins
To make the button heart:
the templates provided to cut out two heart shapes from red felt.
2. Arrange buttons. Lay out on one heart then sew onto other. Leave space at edges for sewing together and adding bow. Smaller, lighter buttons = best for this. Sew buttons on securely with several stitches of double thickness red thread.
3. Add mini bow with a few stitches in centre - to attach the silver bow I used white thread.
4. Cut a 15cm (6 inch) length of narrow
white ribbon. Fold the ribbon into a loop and sew the ends to the top of
the undecorated heart shape. Use whip stitch and red sewing thread,
sewing into the felt not through it.
the front and back heart pieces together so the ends of the ribbon are
sandwiched between the two layers and the loop sticks out the top above the bow.
Hold or pin the two heart pieces together
and blanket stitch around the edge, using half strands of white
embroidery thread. Stitch most of the way round - folding the bow forward as you sew behind it - and leave a gap for stuffing.
Tip: start your stitching at one side, so the gap for stuffing is along a straight edge.
Add small pieces of stuffing to gradually fill the heart, stuffing it
lightly so it's evenly filled but still very squishy. Then sew up the
gap with more blanket stitches and finish your stitching neatly at the
The seventh tutorial in this series will be posted next week.
Want more Christmas project ideas? You'll find lots of free seasonal tutorials in my tutorial archive.
For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.
Click here to view the template sheet, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.