Felt Heart Craft for Valentine’s Day Gifts and Decorations

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Are you ready to begin crafting felt heart finger puppets to use as little gifts or decorations?Red and white felt, or needed colors to fit projects for other holidays.Paper for making patterns, pen, and craft sticks round out your supply list.
Are you ready to begin crafting felt heart finger puppets to use as little gifts or decorations?
Are you ready to begin crafting felt heart finger puppets to use as little gifts or decorations? | Source
Red and white felt, or needed colors to fit projects for other holidays.
Red and white felt, or needed colors to fit projects for other holidays. | Source
Paper for making patterns, pen, and craft sticks round out your supply list.
Paper for making patterns, pen, and craft sticks round out your supply list. | Source

Create Felt Heart Finger Puppets for Valentine’s Day Gifts and Decorations


This sweep-you-off-your-feet craft project hub with inspiring ideas for designing your own gifts and decorations has a variety of easy to make felt hearts waiting to be used in any number of ways.

Taking you from finger puppets to jewelry to dessert, you’ll wish you had more time to spend making these delightful Valentine’s Day creations. Hint--you will also want to keep the method in mind for other holidays.

Supplies for Felt Heart Finger Puppets


You will want to gather the following items before starting your heartfelt finger puppets so your time will not be interrupted with having to search out supplies:

• Felt Squares or Felt Fabric

• Scissors

• Coordinating Threads

• Needle

• A Sheet of Paper

• Pen

• Craft Sticks

• And last, but not least, an afternoon or evening set aside for having fun!



Step by Step Method for Making Felt Heart Finger Puppets


Though the following method is for one of the heart puppet designs I made, as you read through the directions remember that the same process can be used for most any design. Be sure to note the photos and their captions for more detail, and feel free to post questions below.


1. Fold and cut the paper into quarters and then eighths. These pieces will be used to make small patterns.

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Fold and cut the paper into quarters, then eighths to use for making various patterns.From the eighths cut patterns for a front and back piece (in this case two hearts), one smaller than the other.Cut one large heart from the felt that will be your back piece (in this case the white), and one smaller heart from the felt that will be the front piece of your project (in this case the red).Fold the back piece (white heart) in half, and about three-quarters of the way from the top cut an approximately 1/2" slit, depending on the size of your craft stick.Draw a design and cut it out of contrasting felt (the i in this case), making sure it is sized to fit the front/smallest piece.Position and sew the cut out design to the smallest piece/red heart.  Sew the smaller front piece/red heart to the larger back piece/white heart.Insert craft stick into slit to use as a stick puppet or cake topper or to just open it for using as a finger puppet.  How cute is this first design?  I decided to add to it before finishing the set, though...Layering pieces for a new design.Embellishments can be cut from small pieces of felt and incorporated into designs so don't toss them right away!Adjust patterns to fit the piece before cutting out an embellishment.A cute set, but not quite balanced.  Drawing out my designs before beginning would have been a good idea.Adding a heart to the i design balanced this set of finger puppets perfectly.First batch--three to say I Love You, and two heart smiley faces.  What do you think?Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Fold and cut the paper into quarters, then eighths to use for making various patterns.
Fold and cut the paper into quarters, then eighths to use for making various patterns. | Source
From the eighths cut patterns for a front and back piece (in this case two hearts), one smaller than the other.
From the eighths cut patterns for a front and back piece (in this case two hearts), one smaller than the other. | Source
Cut one large heart from the felt that will be your back piece (in this case the white), and one smaller heart from the felt that will be the front piece of your project (in this case the red).
Cut one large heart from the felt that will be your back piece (in this case the white), and one smaller heart from the felt that will be the front piece of your project (in this case the red). | Source
Fold the back piece (white heart) in half, and about three-quarters of the way from the top cut an approximately 1/2" slit, depending on the size of your craft stick.
Fold the back piece (white heart) in half, and about three-quarters of the way from the top cut an approximately 1/2" slit, depending on the size of your craft stick. | Source
Draw a design and cut it out of contrasting felt (the i in this case), making sure it is sized to fit the front/smallest piece.
Draw a design and cut it out of contrasting felt (the i in this case), making sure it is sized to fit the front/smallest piece. | Source
Position and sew the cut out design to the smallest piece/red heart.
Position and sew the cut out design to the smallest piece/red heart. | Source
Sew the smaller front piece/red heart to the larger back piece/white heart.
Sew the smaller front piece/red heart to the larger back piece/white heart. | Source
Insert craft stick into slit to use as a stick puppet or cake topper or to just open it for using as a finger puppet.  How cute is this first design?  I decided to add to it before finishing the set, though...
Insert craft stick into slit to use as a stick puppet or cake topper or to just open it for using as a finger puppet. How cute is this first design? I decided to add to it before finishing the set, though... | Source
Layering pieces for a new design.
Layering pieces for a new design. | Source
Embellishments can be cut from small pieces of felt and incorporated into designs so don't toss them right away!
Embellishments can be cut from small pieces of felt and incorporated into designs so don't toss them right away! | Source
Adjust patterns to fit the piece before cutting out an embellishment.
Adjust patterns to fit the piece before cutting out an embellishment. | Source
A cute set, but not quite balanced.  Drawing out my designs before beginning would have been a good idea.
A cute set, but not quite balanced. Drawing out my designs before beginning would have been a good idea. | Source
Adding a heart to the i design balanced this set of finger puppets perfectly.
Adding a heart to the i design balanced this set of finger puppets perfectly. | Source
First batch--three to say I Love You, and two heart smiley faces.  What do you think?
First batch--three to say I Love You, and two heart smiley faces. What do you think? | Source
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day! | Source

2. Draw and cut out a heart approximately 2" tall on one piece of paper, and a smaller heart on another.

3. Fold the largest heart in half and use sharp scissors to cut a slit no larger than 1/2” (size it to be slightly smaller than your craft stick) about 3/4 of the way down from the top of the heart.

4. Draw and cut out an i shape from another piece of paper, adjusting size of the i to the smallest heart shape. You can see that I decided to make a straight i rather than give the letter a base.

5. Position and neatly sew the i shape to the small heart with doubled thread using an overcast or whip stitch, or an embroidery stitch.

6. Use the same stitch to sew the small heart to the large one. Don’t be afraid to position it off center for interest.

7. You can now insert the craft stick to open the slit, making it easier to place on a finger or to use as a craft stick puppet.


The Last Batch for this Year (Probably)

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A little practice and you'll be able to sew smaller details on your finger puppets.A running stitch around the contrasting heart design is a nice change.Don't forget to cut the slit in the back of your large heart…but if you do forget, it's not impossible to cut it after you finish sewing your puppet, just tricky.  :)
A little practice and you'll be able to sew smaller details on your finger puppets.
A little practice and you'll be able to sew smaller details on your finger puppets. | Source
A running stitch around the contrasting heart design is a nice change.
A running stitch around the contrasting heart design is a nice change. | Source
Don't forget to cut the slit in the back of your large heart…but if you do forget, it's not impossible to cut it after you finish sewing your puppet, just tricky.  :)
Don't forget to cut the slit in the back of your large heart…but if you do forget, it's not impossible to cut it after you finish sewing your puppet, just tricky. :) | Source

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Variations on the Felt Heart Finger Puppet Theme


Once you’ve practiced making the first finger puppet you are ready to enlarge your little family of hearts. The group of photos beside this paragraph show you the set of three I created to say “I Love You” for distant grandchildren.

The u pattern turned out a little wide so I simply folded it in the middle to fit the felt heart it would be sewn to. After sewing it on I dared myself to cut a tiny heart out of the corner of that heart shape and it was a successful attempt, but I recommend doing cut outs before sewing embellishments on.

After the set was made I decided to sew a small heart to the corner of the i heart to balance the design of the set out. That was also successful, but more careful pre-planning would have saved me a little stress induced sweat.

Designing the face hearts was fun stuff. These are my first attempt, but I’m looking forward to designing some with more expression one day. Yes, that far-in-the-future one day... If you beat me to it I hope you’ll write a hub on the process so I can link it here!


DIY Tutorial on Basic Hand Sewing Stitches for Felt Projects.

Bonus Ideas for Using Felt Heart Finger Puppets


• String your hearts together to make garlands.

Make a mobile out of your heart creations.

Make necklaces and other jewelry.

Make cards and add a finger puppet.

• Make cake toppers with your heart puppets.

Keep in mind that this heartfelt Valentine’s Day craft is seasonably adaptable.

Think flowers for spring, stars for summer, pumpkins for fall, and snowmen for winter holidays. Make plans now to enjoy felt finger puppets for all of your special occasions!

Take a Look at how Your Felt Hearts can be Used To Make Jewelry

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What do you think of these heartfelt craft projects? 58 comments

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

You are so talented with crafts and have such good ideas. Now that my children are adults and the grandchildren are in college, I don't do much about Valentines day, but it is a lovely idea.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

What a cute idea! I love it. I'm enjoying felt right now so love new ideas.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Pamela99:

Thanks--there's always something to design and create. :) Hope you get to send your kiddos an extra little I Love You next month!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Glimmer Twin Fan:

Thank you--I appreciate that you let me know you enjoyed this heart hub! Looking forward to seeing some of your current felt projects soon…? :)


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KA Pederson 3 years ago from Texas

great article! love all the photos! voting up and useful~!


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