Make your own felt heart with Kirstie Allsopp

Working with felt is an absolute joy, and this beautiful heart decoration is simple and effective and can be customised to hang on the Christmas tree. follow this step-by-step guide from Kirstie Allsopp to make your own felt heart.

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Handmade Felt Heart Decorations

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Red felt fabric
  • 1 x 50cm (20in) length of 4mm ribbon
  • Needle
  • Thread, either matching or contrasting
  • Polyester stuffing or sheep fleece
  • 1 or 2 small beads
  • 2 small buttons

1 Draw a heart shape on paper and cut it out. Pin it to the felt and cut out two hearts.

2 Take the piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Place it down the centre of one heart, so the loop sticks out at the top and the ends hang down below. Place the other heart on top and pin together.

3 Using a running stitch, sew around the heart about 5mm from the edge, but leave a 2.5cm (1in) opening.

4 Stuff the heart with polyester or fleece through the opening, then stitch it closed.

5 Thread one or two beads onto the ribbon at the bottom of the heart, tying a knot to keep them securely in place.

6 Sew a button on both sides of the heart for decoration.

EXTRACTED FROM KIRSTIE ALLSOPP CRAFT BY KIRSTIE ALLSOPP (published by Hodder & Stoughton); ALL PHOTOGRAPHS HODDER & STOUGHTON 2011; PHOTOGRAPH OF KIRSTIE ALLSOPP BY ALEX SARGINSON

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Find lots more practical projects and step-by-step guides in this new book from Kirstie Allsopp. With guides to jam-making, scrapbooking and lots more, there’s plenty to keep you busy well into the new year.