DIY Easy Felt Heart Garland

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Hello, friends!  I’m popping in with my first post of the year (at least it’s still January, right?!) with a little tutorial for you – an incredibly easy felt heart garland!  A little something to spruce up your home with some valentine’s day flair.  Ready?  Ok, here you go.  Here are your materials:

  • heart template
  • felt (I used red and pink craft felt sheets that I believe I got at Joann)
  • scissors
  • marker (I used a disappearing ink marking pen)
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • twine some sort of thin string (note: I had originally wanted to use twine but it was too thick to string through the hearts)
  • large embroidery or tapestry needle

This was maybe the easiest project ever.  And economical.  I already had all the materials at home so that makes it free, yeah?  I realize that this project may be super self-explanatory since it’s soooo simple, but I’ll go ahead and share how I made mine anyway!  Cool?  Cool.

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First, you will need to cut out a heart shape on card stock for your template.  My heart measures about 2.5″ x 3″.  Next, get out your felt sheets (or scraps) and trace your heart with a marker or pen.  Trace as many as you wish. We will be using two heart pieces to make one stuffed heart.

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Cut out your hearts.

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Next, take two hearts and align one on top of another.  Pin if you wish and sew along the edge of the hearts using a 1/8″ seam allowance, making sure to leave about a 3/4″ opening somewhere near the bottom of the hearts.

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Stuff your heart with the fiberfill stuffing, and then sew the opening closed, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.  And now you have a cute little stuffed heart!  Wasn’t that easy?  Go make some more!

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Finally, take a large embroidery or tapestry needle and string through all the hearts you’ve made for your garland.  I strung through the upper middle part of each heart.  And felt is so dense that the needle pushes through easily, even right through my machine default 2.5mm stitch length that I used.

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And that’s it, folks!  Now go hang up your heart garland and smile each time you walk by it!

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And, juuuust in case you were wondering, I also made those adorable XOXO and heart pillows you see up there in the first photo with my little man.  They are also available in my Etsy shop: MADE to play.  Yes, the shop is finally up and running!  My friend and I had to get all the logistics and legal stuff all squared away first, but we are super uber excited about it (and I’m totally cheesing right now, ha)! Come by and take a peek when you have a chance! 🙂

heart, jen

yup, that’s a new signature you see up there — new year, new signature! happy (belated) 2015!

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Love Bugs

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Can’t believe this year is passing by so quickly!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s hard to avoid its presence (not that I would want to – it’s one of my favorite days of the year!) – there are hearts everywhere.  We were invited to a Valentine’s party by a good mommy friend of mine.  And even though I was told not to bring anything, I couldn’t show up empty-handed.  It’s only natural to give out little Valentine’s goodies from Ethan to his little buddies.

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I stole this idea from one of my favorite blogs, Shanty 2 Chic (these girls are amazing crafters).  They have some really cute free printables on their site.  There were three treat bag designs but I fell in love (hard) with the Love Bugs.  I pretty much copied everything about these treat bags except that I filled them with the original gummy worms (and not the sour ones).  I also printed out the recipient’s name on the back of the tag because I’m just not a fan of my own handwriting!

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They’re simple, but so cute!  I love them!  And the best part was, it was super easy and super quick to put together, mainly because I didn’t have to do any designing.  I love when all the work is already done for you!  Now go make some treat bags for your friends too!

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xoxo, Jen

Valentine’s Day Prep

Love is in the air! Love has been in the air ever since our little Ethan came into our lives. He brings such great joy to our hearts and we can’t imagine life without him. Our little sweet pea.

But it’s that time of the year where I have an excuse to make pretty things to hang in the house. I have been obsessed with bunting banners lately. Really obsessed. I have been pinning tons of them to my Banners board on Pinterest. It’s such a simple way to dress up the home for a festive feel during any holiday. We had a little Valentine’s playdate for Ethan and his buddies at my house yesterday. I knew that a little decorating was in order. I had never made one before but thought this would be the perfect time to start!

I wanted to make a pennant bunting out of burlap. I just love the old vintage and rustic look of burlap – not to mention that it is eco-friendly too. And relatively inexpensive to buy if you’re not able to find some recycled coffee sacks anywhere. The burlap was $3.99/yd at Joann Fabric and I had a 50% off coupon, making it only $1.99/yd. Great deal.

I found an awesome (and super easy) tutorial for a Valentine’s heart banner over at Finley & Oliver. I pretty much followed it step-by-step, but used cotton fabric instead of felt for the hearts. I wanted a long banner so I made it with 17 pennants. I hand stitched them together using some thin jute twine. I made a happy birthday banner as well since we were also celebrating my friend’s birthday. The font I used is called Carnivalee Freakshow. I used Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On adhesive on the burlap and the fabric seemed to stay on pretty well. I love how the banners turned out!

The playdate was loads of fun. I had a talk with Ethan about sharing before his friends came over. I know that this “mine!” thing is just a phase, but still… I wanted the playing to be somewhat pleasant. It worked, I think! Ethan shared his toys like a big boy. We had a Valentine’s playdate too last year with the same kids. We took a cute group photo of the babies back then when they were barely crawling. So we wanted to do it again this year to compare with last year’s photo. I think it was a little easier to get the kids to sit still last year. All it took was some singing and dancing on our part. But that was before they turned into these wild, I mean, energetic, mobile creatures. 🙂 They are all so adorable and lovable.

The babies at 8-months-old last year on Valentine’s Day.

Flash foward a year later… the kiddos (now 20-months-old) in the same order as above.

Here are the kids cooperating for the camera — BEFORE we moved them around to reflect the order of the original photo from last year!

And finally, pictures of all the yummy treats!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Jen