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Decorate for Valentine’s Day with our easy 5 minute Felt DIY Heart Garland! Customize this project with different colors of felt. So cute not only for decorating the home but also to decorate a classroom or to use as a photo prop!
I love holidays. I’m firmly in the camp of “Why celebrate for 1 day when you can celebrate for a week or even better– a month!!!” I wish that Christmas would never end (as I’m writing this my husband is outside taking down our Christmas lights, much to my chagrin). The only thing that makes me feel a bit better about Christmas ending is knowing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!
You may have noticed in the super cute heart garland that Miss Bean posed with last week in our DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Shirt post. Here’s a reminder in case you missed it.
The technique I used for making the garland has been on my mind for several years now! A few years ago I was at a store when I noticed a gorgeous felt mobile. I examined it to see how it was put together and it was using this technique! Last April when I was at SNAP I helped Cricut put together a display for their booth and it was made this way too! I’m excited to pass this technique along to you today because it’s so easy and can be used for a variety of projects!
Ready to get started? Read on for my Easy 5 Minute DIY Heart Garland Tutorial.
Easy 5 Minute DIY Heart Garland Tutorial
-Scissors or Cricut Maker
-Sewing Machine (this is the one I have)
-Thread in coordinating colors (this is one of my favorite brands)
If using a Cricut Maker:
Optional: Cricut Transfer Tape
Step 1: Cut your hearts from your felt using either your scissors or your Cricut Maker and My Cricut Heart Garland Cut File. If using scissors I recommend using a template like this one to create beautiful, uniformly shaped hearts.
Cricut Pro Tip: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using my Cricut Maker to cut fabric. The rotary cutter and fabric cutting mats are game changers for the sewing world. I was noticing that I was going through cutting mats quickly because when I cut felt or fleece it left lint behind on the mats. Now, I have a cutting mat that I use just for cutting felt and fleece. I lay a piece of Cricut Transfer Tape over the cutting area of my mat with the sticky side up and then lay my felt on top of the transfer tape.
I have my Cricut Maker cut my design, then I weed my project and all of the lint is left on the tranfer tape! I can get a number of cuts out of one piece of transfer tape before it loses it’s stick and then I peel it away, and replace it with a new piece of transfer tape! I even store my mat with the transfer tape on it, by laying the clear protective layer that comes with mats over the transfer tape. This is my easy and inexpensive trick for extending the life of your fabric cutting mats when using felt and fleece!
Step 2: Lay your hearts out in the order that you want them to be in your garland, then put them in a stack in that order.
Step 3: Thread your sewing machine and pull at least 6 inches (or however long you want the “tail” of your garland that you’ll hang it by through the sewing machine needle. Next place your first heart under the pressure foot and sew straight across it. I did this by lining up the top of my heart with the 1 inch mark on my sewing machine which makes my finished garland all line up nicely.
Step 4: When you get to the end of your first heart you will need to determine how much space you want to be between your hearts. Sew straight off the edge of your heart, continue sewing to release how much thread you want between each heart, then place your next heart under your pressure foot and continue sewing. I did 4-6 stitches between each heart.
Step 5: Repeat this process until you sew across your final heart in your garland. Sew off the edge of your heart and pull 6 inches or thread or more from your machine for the tail to hang your garland by then cut the thread with scissors.
Viola! You have a beautiful heart garland to decorate for Valentine’s Day with!
[hr gap=”30″]Tell me… Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Where would you hang your heart garland? These would be so cute to decorate school classrooms with or to use as photo props! Have you tried out the new Cricut Maker yet?[hr gap=”30″]
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