How To Make An Upcycled Scandi Woven Hearts Garland

Repurposed Denim and Wool Woven Hearts Garland

If you have ever been into a Scandinavian home you will probably have noticed woven hearts decorations. (Sometimes called pleated hearts). These lovely Scandi hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s but Christmas too and all year round.

Ever since spotting the gorgeous woven hearts whilst visiting relatives in Norway, I’ve been wanting to make my own. My mantle has been looking a bit bare since all the Christmas decorations have been taken down. I thought I’d cheer it up by making my own woven hearts garland to hang on it.

Often Scandi hearts are made from paper or felt in two contrasting colours. As I love to upcycle, my woven hearts are made from my two favourite fabrics to repurpose; denim and sweater wool.

These woven hearts garlands costs almost nothing to make. You just need a few scraps of denim and old felted sweaters to make the Scandi hearts.

Upcycled denim and sweater felt heart garland

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What You Need To Make A Woven Hearts Garland

  • Paper template – Available to download here
  • Denim scraps from old jeans
  • One long seam from the inside legs of a pair of jeans
  • Felted wool scraps from old sweaters or craft felt
  • Pen, iron, scissors and glue (or needle and thread).

How To Make A Woven Hearts Garland

  1. Cut out the paper template and fold it in half lengthways. Cut the slits where marked.
woven heart template

2. Fold the scrap piece of denim you are going to use in half and iron in a sharp crease. Place the folded paper template on top of the denim. Lining up the fold in the paper with the fold in the denim. Draw around the template with a pen.

Cutting out denim using template for Scandi hearts

3. Cut out this shape and cut in the slits. If you don’t want the denim cut edges to fray, spread a little fabric glue around the edges as this will stop it from happening.

Cut out denim shape

4. Repeat the last 2 steps, this time with the felted fabric. Felt does not fray so no need to glue the edges.

Denim and felt heart halves

5. For the next step you need to weave the two heart halves together (like the picture below). This is a little fiddly, but fortunately fabric is flexible and won’t tear.

Making upcycled woven scandinavian hearts for decoration

6. To finish off the heart I stitched the open round top sides together. If you don’t want to sew you can always just use fabric glue instead. Carry on making woven hearts until you have enough for a garland.

Stitched woven heart
A stack of woven hearts for a Scandinavian garland for Valentine's day.

7. Finally, lay out the Scandi hearts in the oder you want the colours to appear. Then pin or stitch them to a long denim seam. If you don’t have one you can always just use twine for this part.

Long seam from the inside leg of a pair of jeans.
Finished upcycled denim and sweater Scandinavian woven hearts garland.

All that is left to do, is to decide where to hang your Scandinavian heart garland. I like to hang mine on the door to my bedroom. I might just put it on the mantle for Valentine’s week. It’s my birthday on Valentine’s day so I like to put some decorations up!

Scandinavian woven hearts garland hung on the door.
Upcycled denim and felt woven Scandinavian hearts on door.

If you liked this post you might want to check out some of my other scrap denim and sweater wool posts.

If you are looking for more stitched heart projects visit allfreesewing.com

Scandinavian pleated hearts garland

50 Responses

  1. Your heart garland is wonderful – love the combination of denim and felted fabric! Great idea 🙂

    • Aww, thank you so much Marie. I thought the felt added a bit of colour to the denim.

  2. These are such a fun upcycle idea. While I’ve done other denim crafts, I’d never thought of using the jean seam before—clever!

    • Thank you Debbie. I love to use the seams of old jeans when I can.

  3. These are adorable and look fairly simple to make too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share Some Love party. Pinned.

  4. Love these!

  5. I love the woven look of these – so creative. We love seeing your projects at Merry Monday each week 🙂

  6. So cute! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party. I pinned this on Pinterest! Hope to see you next week.

  7. I’ve made felt and paper versions of these hearts but never thought of them for an upcycling project. Love it. Might give it a go with my teens. They’d love it. #GoingGreen

  8. These are really pretty and a lovely idea for upcycled Valetine’s decorations. Thanks for linking up to #GoingGreen and please do visit and comment on some of the other blogs that have been linked up.

  9. Claire, this is such a creative tutorial and I love how the garland turned out. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. Your heart decoration is adorable! Congratulations, I’ll be featuring it tonight at Merry Monday! Hope to see you at the party!

  11. Looks very easy to make, Claire, but oh, so effective. Made from denim and woollen sweater offcuts makes it even better. I’ve showcased your lovely heart garland today.

  12. I like ALL of your Norwegian projects!

    • Thank you. It’s the influence of marrying into a Norwegian family. I feel at home in Scandinavia and actually, think I might have been Scandinavian in a previous life.

  13. I love these denim hearts! Too cute!!! Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party!

  14. Super cute idea. I am pinning it. Have a great weekend, Kippi #kippiathome

  15. Brilliant Claire, and such a great way to use up scraps of any kind! I’ve always loved these hearts as well, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday and great to reconnect in 2019!

    • Thank you, Sara. It’s great to be back on crafting school Sunday.

  16. Thanks for sharing. I love upcycled anything and I have some Scandinavian heritage also but I have not seen these hearts before. I may just have to add them to my Valentines Decorations.

    • Thank you, they are a great scrap buster. I think they would look great up all year down.

  17. That woven look is so pretty and something different. I need to try this out Claire. Such a nice change from the usual red hearts.

    • Thank you, Mary. You know me I can’t resist an opportunity to use denim.

  18. This turned out great! Such an easy technique!

  19. Hi Claire. I love your up-cycled crafty ideas, this is such a great project. I know our readers will enjoy it. I have included your tutorial in my latest Top 10 in Craft inspiration for Valentine’s Day. https://craftylikegranny.com/valentine-crafts-adults/ Cheers Jodie 🙂

    • Thank you so much, I will check out the other Valentines crafts you have chosen.

  20. I used to make these out of paper – never thought to make them out of fabric!! This is a cute swag!!

    • Thank you, the fabric ones should be a bit more robust than the paper ones.

  21. These are soooo cute Claire! Not liking to sew I thought that these would be hard. But you make it look pretty simple! Thanks so much for the awesome directions! Love them!

    • Thank you. They are easy and can be sewn or glued which ever you prefer.

  22. Looks really adorable, Claire! I like being able to glue these together! I try not to have to haul out the sewing machine most times – too much work! Lol!

    • Thank you. I know what you mean about the sewing machine. I keep it up in my son’s room whilst he’s at college so easy access.

  23. Darling. Can’t wait to try these out.

  24. This is delightful! I think my daughter would enjoy something like that in her room! Thank you Claire xx

  25. I am going to give this a try next week. You gave very good instructions. Thank you!

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