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How To Make An Upcycled Scandi 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 for Christmas and all year round.

Since spotting the gorgeous woven hearts whilst visiting relatives in Norway, I’ve wanted to make my own.

My mantle has looked bare since all the Christmas decorations have been taken down. I thought I’d cheer it up by making my 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 cost almost nothing to make. You need a few scraps of denim and old felted sweaters to make the Scandi hearts. I’ve also made some Scandi embroidered hearts, which you might want to check out.

Upcycled denim and sweater felt heart garland

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What You Need To Make A Scandi 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

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

woven heart template

Step 2: First, fold the scrap piece of denim you will 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

Step 3: Next, 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

Step 4: Repeat the last two steps with the felted fabric.

The Felt does not fray, so no need to glue the edges.

Denim and felt heart halves

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

Making upcycled woven scandinavian hearts for decoration

Step 6: Finally, to finish off the heart, I stitched the open round top sides together. Carry on making woven hearts until you have enough for a garland.

You can always use fabric glue if you don’t want to sew.

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

Step 7: Finally, lay out the Scandi hearts in the order you want the colours to appear. Then glue or stitch them to a long denim seam. You can always use twine for this part if you don’t have one.

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.

This Valentine’s sewing project is featured in the A to Z of denim crafts and in this collection of adult Valentine crafts.

There is a tutorial for making the paper version of these woven fabric hearts in this collection of DIY Scandinavian decorations. The paper ones can be opened up to form little hanging baskets for the Christmas tree.

As well as making denim hearts, I also make patchwork denim stars.

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

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Sunday 7th of February 2021

I love this idea. I returned from my stepmother's home with some of my dad's shirts that I wanted to turn into some kind of decor. I was thinking of a pillow, but I like this idea better, as he was half Swedish and the hearts will remind me of him. I was wondering if regular shirt fabric is too thin and if it would need to be stiffened or reinforced somehow. There are a couple of brushed cotton/flannel shirts that are heavier weight and I thought they might be OK. How stiff is the felted wool you used? Do you have suggestions for how to use the shirts? Thanks in advance.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi, the felt was a little stiff. However, your old shirts might not be stiff enough. I’d try one first and if it doesn’t work think about using interfacing or a starch spray to stiffen the fabric. Thank you 😊

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Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Hello! Visiting you from Threading My Way post. I absolutely love these hearts and cannot wait to try them one day.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Thank you. They are a great way to use up small scraps.

Marie Blackburn

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Your heart garland is wonderful - love the combination of denim and felted fabric! Great idea :)

Claire Armstrong

Friday 8th of February 2019

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


Monday 4th of February 2019

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!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

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