It’s that time of the year where the shops are filled with a plethora of Christmas ornaments, decadent treats, gifts, and that cozy scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sweet oranges, reminding us that Christmas has arrived! I have to admit I’ve gone ornament crazy as there are so many thing I would like for my house. Too many choices – not enough house space 🙂
As with anything I love a little project, and each year I try to add something handmade to my decorations so this year I’ve taken a few idea’s of the things that I’ve seen one of which is this cute little felt heart. As you can tell I love hearts, not that my house is filled with all things heart, except for a lot of love! I started on this project with my 9-year-old daughter as she had a sudden interest in embroidery.
I have these little hearts hanging in my house on the door knobs, in my car, the guest bathroom and my tree!I added some cinnamon and sweet orange essentials oils to the cotton inside, just to give me that Christmas scent wherever I go. I decided they were too sweet to keep to myself so I’ll be giving them as little gifts and thought that I would share with you how simple they are to make in case you are also looking for a little stocking filler for someone special this Christmas.
You will need:
- A couple of sheets of red and white felt
- Embroidery needles and thread
- Filling or cotton
- Essential oils (I used cinnamon and sweet orange)
Begin by cutting out some heart shapes on paper, then pin them on to your felt this way they won’t slide when cutting. You will need 2 pieces for your felt heart. Once cut take one piece of felt and sew little criss-cross shapes to form a snowflake. You can make them bigger or longer then I did, it’s totally up to your style.
Start to sew a blanket stitch onto the corners following all around leaving a small hole to stuff your cotton into.
Place your cotton inside and drop a couple of drops of essential oil directly onto the cotton. I put 5 of cinnamon and 5 of sweet orange. You could add more or less. Note: This works best with the red felt as sweet orange tends to slip through and leave a small yellow stain. This doesn’t bother me as it’s hardly noticeable, but if you’re thinking of giving it as a gift just bear this in mind so you’re not disappointed with the final product.
Continue with the blanket stitch all around till the whole is closed and complete with a hoop so that the heart can be hung. And you’re done!
You could present this wonderful gift by hanging it on a bottle of bubbly or just as is – Handmade By You, With Love.