Needle felt hearts are quick,
relatively easy and make the cutest gifts and decorations.
You need … Roving Wool, Felting Needles, Protective Foam Pad ( I use a dense sheet of packing Foam) and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Put the cookie cutter on the protective pad and pull off enough wool to pack out the cookie cutter. Push the felt well in so it’s well packed out.
Using a felting needle poke the felt down moving the needle all over the heart area evenly until the surface is relatively smooth. You will feel the felt start to thicken.
Turn the cookie cutter over and poke the felt all over again. Do either side a couple more times and then push the felt out of the cookie cutter and hopefully it should look a bit like this. It will feel very soft to squeeze at this point.
Now it’s time to start shaping. The first thing I do is poke down and emphasis the heart cleavage!
Then start neatening the edges by poking the sides in all around the heart shape. This will also fatten the heart shape.
To get a rounded edge poke the needle in at 45 degrees around the corner edges and into the middle of the heart. Again do this all around the heart. You can choose to do both sides. If you only do one side you will get a flat backed heart.
Work evenly around the edge shaping where necessary until you have the heart shape you desire.
It’s hard to explain but as you poke and condense the felt you also sculpt the felt. The best way to learn is to just have a go and play with moving the felt depending how you use the needle.
A wee word of caution. Felting needles are very sharp so keep a careful watch on things if you let children have a go. My girls are 7,7 and 8 at the they ’love’ making the heart. At the moment they find the edges a little tricky and need some input from me but I’m sure they’ll get the hang of it with practice.
You can leave the heart just as it is, add ribbon to hang it with, make badges, hair decorations, beautiful garlands. The choice is yours.
Felt hearts were shown on our weekly Google Plus Valentines Craft hangout. There were so many wonderful Valentine Crafts shown.
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