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CraftSanity On TV: Valentine’s Day Woven Felt Heart Video Tutorial

My daughters love to decorate for the holidays and Valentine’s Day is no different. My mom showed me how to weave paper heart baskets years ago, and I’ve been wanting to weave some out of felt ever since. Yesterday I pulled out my stash of craft felt and got to work.

Here’s what you need to make woven heart baskets:

* Felt scraps, rectangles or yardage in at least two contrasting colors (You will need two 6 1/2″ x 20″ rectangles of felt to make the largest woven heart.)
* Fabric scissors & regular scissors
* Pencil or water soluble pen to trace template onto the felt
* Basket template (Download the PDF templates.)
* Velcro with adhesive backing (1″ square per heart)
* Ribbon to create handles for the basket (optional)
* Candy or other treats to put in the hearts

1) Cut out your template. Place it on the fold of a piece of felt and cut around. Repeat to cut out a felt piece in a contrasting color. Hold your template and a cut piece of felt up to a window and trace the cutting lines. Fold both layers of felt in half and stack them on top of each other with the piece marked with cutting lines on top.

2) Cut the slits up from the folded edge through both layers.

3) Now you’re ready to weave and the easiest way to show you how to make these hearts is to literally show you. So please check out the late night video my husband shot while I demonstrated how to weave one. The video was shot in one take, so brace yourself. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough to get the job done.

After watching the video, take a deep breath and start weaving. Instead of thinking of the weaving as an “over-under” weave structure, think of it more of an “inside-outside” kind of weave. You can do it!

Note: I decided not to add basket handles to my hearts, but you can add them to yours and then it will make sense when you call them “baskets.” : )

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Happy weaving!

P.S. I did a demo of this project on WZZM’s “Take FiveĀ  & Co.” morning show today.

Comments

Comment from Diane
Time: February 4, 2011, 10:59 am

Happy Valentine’s Day Jennifer!

Thank you for the excellent demonstration. You’re right, written directions for this project always mystified me. You made it very easy to understand. Now I have to round up my felt and bring it to the nursing home for a craft today!

Comment from April Hunt
Time: February 4, 2011, 12:22 pm

How cute! When my girl gets a little bigger we’ve got to try this out! :)

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: February 4, 2011, 5:27 pm

Very cute! Seems like this idea could be taken and modified into a cute scarf, too. :)

Comment from Heather
Time: February 4, 2011, 8:02 pm

Gluing them onto hair clips would be super cute too!

Comment from Aud
Time: February 5, 2011, 6:12 am

Great job!
Here in Norway these woven heart baskets are traditional “ornaments” for our Christmas trees, made from glossy, colored papers.

Hugs,
Aud

Comment from linda
Time: February 12, 2011, 5:35 am

Very cool – thanks for sharing. I love these kinds of crafts, it’s not so hard once you learn it, but the results look so complicated!

Comment from carrie
Time: February 13, 2011, 12:43 pm

I remember making these i construction paper in my 6th grade class… thanks for taking me back!

Comment from Carol
Time: February 20, 2014, 2:01 am

Thank you so much I was looking for a tutorial on how to make these. Can’t wait to get started.

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