Felt Conversation Hearts Tutorial + Free Pattern
Monkey saw conversation hearts in the store the other day and asked to try them. I bought her a small box and brought them home. We tore open the box and she dumped them out, insisting on sorting them before eating any.
With the anticipation built to the max, Monkey grabbed a pink one and popped it into her mouth … then promptly spit it back out.
She tried an orange one to the same effect. Then, proceeded to dump the rest in the dog’s food bowl. (Don’t worry – he didn’t eat them either.)
Needless to say, she was just a little disappointed that her exciting treat didn’t meet her expectations. So, I tried to rescue the day by suggesting we make some.
I sketched up a quick template. Then, we read phrases from the hearts and picked out our favorites.
I didn’t have any pastel felt on hand so we went with brights. I think they turned out just as fun and they definitely rescued the day.
To make your own felt conversation hearts you will need:
- The pattern
- Felt (a few different colors – scraps are perfect)
- Embroidery thread
- Freezer paper* (Optional – Check out this tutorial if you’ve never used freezer paper before)
- Cut out two hearts (a front and back) and a single 0.5″ x 12″ strip from felt
- Embroider your favorite conversation heart phrases on the front heart piece (for a quicker version, you could also use puff paint, similar to the way I made the cupcake game.) I included the phrases we used in the free pattern download but a quick google image search will provide you with an array of options.
- Using a blanket stitch, sew the strip of felt to the edges of the front heart piece
- Line up the back heart piece with the edges of the strip of felt and sew, using a blanket stitch. Leave a gap before finishing.
- Stuff the heart (I used a rotary cutter* and sliced up all my felt scraps super tiny, then stuffed the hearts with the felt scraps.)
- Stitch up the rest of the heart (there will be excess felt at the end of the strip, trim that off before sewing closed.)
I stuffed our hearts but you could also take the template and make some finger puppets or a little pocket to carry some Valentine’s treats (similar to these) or turn them into a garland.
And, if you need more inspiration check out our Valentine’s Day Board on Pinterest!