Needle Felt Hearts

Needle felt hearts are quick, relatively easy  and make the cutest gifts and decorations.

Needle Felt Hearts 2

You need … Roving Wool, Felting Needles, Protective Foam Pad ( I use a dense sheet of packing Foam) and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.  

Roving Wool

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.

needle felt heart how to

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.

needle felt heart how to

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.

Yellow Felted Heart

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.

Needle Felt Hearts

Felt hearts were shown on our weekly Google Plus Valentines Craft hangout. There were so many wonderful Valentine Crafts shown.

You might also like the following Valentine posts I’ve done : Pipe Cleaner Hearts

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Red Ted Art  - Recycled Crayon Hearts (1 min),  Heart Key Ring (1 min 42 sec), Heart Stones  (2 min 10 sec), Shaving Foam Marbling (2 min 4 sec), Salt Dough hearts (3 min 50 sec), Kids Chaos2 Makes 1 Puzzle Card (5 min), Hand Hearts (5 min 40 sec), Paper Quilled Heart (5 min 22 sec), Plum Heart Pie (    ), Zing Zing Tree - Pipe Cleaner Hearts (7 min 20 Sec), Wool Heart Wreath Decrations (8min 20s), Needle Felt Pebble Hearts (), Domestic GoddesqueMagazine Heart Garland (11 min), Apple Cinnamon Hearts (12 min), Glitter Heart Cake Toppers (12 min 50 sec), Candy Cane Roses (14 min 10 sec), Me And My ShadowRustic Heart Wreath (16min 20 sec), Birch Bark Heart Tea Light

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24 Responses to Needle Felt Hearts

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  2. Ali Clifford says:

    these are QUITE BEAUTIFUL Anthea :)

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  4. Ooooh they are so pretty! You really make me want to have a go!!!!

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  6. I so want to have a go at these, where would I get a selection of bright roving wools?

  7. These are lovely! I think my seven-year-old would love this activity! Pinning!

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  9. Liz Burton says:

    These are so beautiful. Time to crack open my gift set that’s laid unopened for 2 years and have a go methinks! Thanks for the tute x

  10. Oooh, I love your hearts so much! So many pretty colors! I’ve just been getting into needle felting myself and I’m having a wonderful time with it. How do you like it thus far?

  11. you make this sound so simple, I think I would love to have a go. The look beautiful too

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  15. I want these lovely hearts! I have never felted before, but you make it look SO easy! I am seriously contemplating doing this project this weekend…

  16. Christie says:

    These are so cute!

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