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How To Make Scandinavian Embroidered Hearts Decorations

It sometimes feels a bit flat in January once all the Christmas decorations have been put away. To perk me up, I start crafting for Valentine’s day, by decorating my home with lots of hearts. I’ve just added some Scandinavian embroidered hearts to my mantle.

Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s day, I display many of my handmade heart decorations all year round. Crafts, like my upcycled woven Scandinavian heart garland.

what you need to make embroidered hearts

Scandinavian Embroided Hearts Decoration

One of my favorite handmade Christmas decorations are my Scandi felt Christmas trees, they were the inspiration for these Scandinavian embroidered heart decorations.

The hearts featured the same simple embroidery as the trees. But this time with red thread on hearts. The embroidery stitches on these hearts are really basic. There are no complicated stitches to learn.

I made these embroidered hearts out of some leftover felt. But you can use any scrap fabric you have, such as drop cloth or cotton. Just make sure it is in a white or cream color and is easy to embroider. The advantage of felt is that it doesn’t fray and is easy to stitch.

To display the hearts, I used just a branch and some twigs. I love to use natural elements in my Valentine’s crafting. Before, I have made a pine cone flower heart and a painted rustic wood slice heart. Both of these decorations feature in my gallery wall all year round.

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What You Need

branch for display base.

How To Make The Embroidered Hearts

1.. First, using the fabric pen, draw on the felt, around the heart cookie cutter. Then cut out two felt hearts for each Scandi heart. I cut out 12 felt hearts to make six different embroidered hearts.

drawing around the heart cookie cutter

2. Next, using the water-soluble fabric pen, draw an embroidery pattern outline onto one of the felt hearts. I have six different embroidery designs to choose from, which you can download here or for free.

Embroidery patterns

3. Next, thread up the needle with red embroidery thread. I just used an embroidery thread thickness of two threads. Then, using simple running stitches, stitch over the pattern

drawing the pattern on the felt heart
starting embroidery

4. Next, pin the embroidered heart to a blank felt heart. Then, stitch them together around the edge with a running stitch. Leave a gap at the tip of the heart for stuffing.

Top Tip: If after stitching, some of the pen marks are still visible, run the heart underwater and leave to dry. The water should dissolve the ink.

stitching the two hearts together.

5. Repeat with the other five hearts. Using either my embroidery designs or ones of your own.

all six embroidered hearts

6. Next, through the hole in the bottom of the heart, stuff with a small amount of fiberfill. Then place the end of a twig (or bamboo skewer) into the heart and stitch the hole shut around the twig.

Stuffing the felt hearts

7. I used twigs of various lengths between 8 and 15 cm long, as I didn’t want my embroidered hearts all displayed at the same height.

Embroidered Scandi hearts for a mantle decoration

Making the display base

8. Finally, make a display base for the felt hearts. I used a lovely silver birch branch. A large wood slice would work well too.

Drill six holes into the base of the branch, one for each heart. Make sure the holes are slightly wider than the twigs. Then, place a small bit of white tack, onto the end of the twig and place it in the hole. The white tack will keep them in place.

Drilling holes into branch base

I used white tack rather than hot glue to secure the twigs as this gave me the flexibility to change the order of the hearts when I wanted to.

Cute embroidered hearts valentine's decoration
Embroidered hearts craft decoration

I love how these embroidered hearts look on my mantle and they go with many more of my Nordic and Scandinavian crafts I have decorating my home.

Scandi embroidered heart decoration

You should check out some of my other cool adult craft tutorials on the site. I have other felt Valentine’s crafts like these heart felt flower brooches and a lovely upcycled sweater felt heart.

I even have a Scandi felt bauble craft which is probably a bit of a Christmas version of these embroidered hearts but in monochrome.

Yield: Scandinavian embroidered heart decoration for Valentine's

Embroidered Hearts Decoration

felt Scandinavian embroidered hearts

This is a really simple and affordable craft to make cute embroidered hearts for Valentine's day. Includes a tutorial on how to display them in a cool way on your mantle using sticks and branches.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Cream or white felt (but can use other fabric scraps such as drop cloth)
  • Red embroidery thread and embroidery needles
  • Small twigs, six in total between 8 -15 cim in length
  • Thick branch about 12 inches long or a wood slice
  • Fiberfill

Tools

  • Heart shape cookie cutter
  • Water soluble fabric marker
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter cut out 12 felt heart shapes Two for each embroidered heart.
  2. With the fabric pen, draw the embroidery design onto the felt heart (free to download)
  3. Next, using red embroidery thread stitch the pattern using a simple running stitch.
  4. Pin a plain heart to the embroidered heart and hand stitch them together. Leave a gap at the tip o the heart.
  5. Then, stuff the heart with fiberfill at the hole.
  6. Stick one of the sticks into the hole and then stitch it closed.
  7. Next, drill six holes into the branch base.
  8. Finish off by placing a heart on a stick into each of the holes. White tack can be used to hold the sticks in place and preven them from wobbling.
Embroidered Hearts decoration

If you are looking for Valentine’s decor for your walls check out this watercolor heart decoration.

You can find more of my stitch craft projects here.

Beth

Monday 18th of January 2021

Fabulous project Claire! Thanks for sharing over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party, you are my feature this week! CHEERS!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Thank you, that's amazing, I look forward to seeing the feature.

Naush Samama

Monday 18th of January 2021

Claire, these little hearts are adorable. I am inspired to try them out !! Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party. Have a wonderful week. Naush

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Thank you, have fun giving them a go.

Kristie

Monday 18th of January 2021

I try not to feature the same blogger twice in one party, but your hearts were so divine I had to! Drop by to the Little Cottage Link Party to see your features.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 18th of January 2021

Thank you so much, that is awesome a double feature, I will be popping in soon.

Lisa

Monday 18th of January 2021

These are absolutely adorable! Lisa

Claire Armstrong

Monday 18th of January 2021

Thank you so much.

Cecilia

Sunday 17th of January 2021

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Thank you, and thanks for hosting.

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