The very first thing that must be addressed before we get too far into this post: say or type the word "woven" long enough and you start to doubt whether it's a word. Like maaaaaaaybe start to doubt so much that you look it up in your dictionary. Moving on....
When I was a kid, I remember learning how to make the woven hearts that are traditional Norwegian Christmas decorations. However, they're hearts, which means that they have fallen prey to the bloodlust I've been exhibiting for all things hearts and Valentine's Day related. (I've never even been that big a fan, yet now it's showing up in all my crafting.) I only remember weaving these hearts in paper form though, and that's not going to work for Felt February. (I also remember making a version that was woven to be a pocket, but I couldn't really remember off the top of my head, so I'm going to fake it.) I'm presuming you know what I'm talking about. One of these little guys:
My paper prototype. I'm running out of felt so heaven forbid I waste it on something that doesn't work out.
These are charming and blessedly quick and easy to make. All you need is:
- a pattern (download mine at the bottom of this post, complete with my stray ink marks!)
- Pen, scissors, and ruler
- 2 colors of felt
- hot glue and glue sticks
- ribbon or similar
First, trace the basic shape of the pattern onto one color of the felt. Before you remove the pattern, make a mark at each end of the top horizontal line then make dots at the bottom of each vertical line. Once you remove the pattern, line your ruler up with the top marks you made and make dots that correspond with the dots along the bottom. If you really want to trace lines, connecting the dots, you can. I prefer to just eyeball it. Now do the same thing on the other color of felt.
Now before you start worrying about all this ink everywhere, let me put your mind at ease: this will be the back of the heart. Now grab your scissors and cut out the two halves and make your "fringe" by cutting from the bottom dot to it's matching dot at the top. You will have an uncut half circle at the very top of each half. Now the fun part: start weaving them together. You know how to weave: one strip goes over then under then back over then back under. I found it was easiest to pick the color I would be working with and let the other piece just sort of lay there. I also found that I could completely weave the first strip or two and then start working in the others.
Don't be afraid to use a little muscle to work and stretch the felt so it lays as you wish. You're the boss of this heart! When it's all woven together and looks the way you want, start picking up the excess felt at the bottom sides of the heart and putting a wee dot of hot glue there just to keep it in check. You don't have to press it down. That's the beauty of felt and hot glue: they are all too willing to stick to each other.
Let the glue set then you can trim off those pesky ends that are making your heart look funny. All done with the front!
You could leave it like this and glue it onto the front of a card or put some backing on it and make it an iron on patch or really all sorts of fun things. However, I'm rather stuck on the pocket idea, so I'm going to make a simple back. Put your completed heart on whatever felt you want and trace around it. Cut it out and check it against your heart. If it needs any trimming to match perfectly, do it now.
Place the side that you inked facing you and grab your hot glue gun again to make a thin line starting on one straight side, going down to the point, then up to the other straight side. Lay your woven heart on top of the glue line and let it set. After it has, determine the amount of ribbon or beaded chain you want and cut a length with enough extra for gluing. Sandwich one end onto the curved part and glue down, making sure both inside layers are caught in the glue as well. Do the same on the other end and let the glue set again.
I can't wait to see others' take on this! If you're participating in Felt February, let me know in the comments so I can add you to a special blog roll. On Twitter and Instagram, be sure to add #feltfeb to your description so I can totally stalk you can be inspired by you!