“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.” L.O. Baird
The best gifts for Valentine’s Day are the hand-made ones and those given from the heart. Doesn’t matter if a small child scribbles an “I love you Mommy” in crayon or someone special cooks a week night dinner, you always remember and cherish the personal gifts.
This year I’m making felted wool hearts for the special people in my life. The women will get one with an added touch of bling!
I look for 100% wool sweaters every time I stop at Goodwill. At $3.99 each, I’ve collected piles of them in every color.
Wash them in the hottest water temperature setting on your washing machine. They will shrink and felt in the dryer (also at the hottest setting). Be sure to purchase only 100% wool sweaters. They will not felt the same if there is even a small percentage of a synthetic fiber.
I cut out the hearts free hand, but you can use a pattern pinned to the sweater if you want a perfect heart. I prefer a more irregular shape.
Using embroidery thread and a blanket stitch, sew the two pieces together. Add a bit of fiberfill to give the heart additional shape. A running stitch works too.
I added some free form stars. Sew on a ribbon at the top if you want them to hang.
Add some bling using old (or new) rhinestone pins and buttons.
I think I will use mine as party favors for a girl’s only Valentine’s Day lunch.
What are you making for your Valentine?