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Felt Heart Craft for Valentine’s Day Gifts and Decorations

Updated on April 4, 2017
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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

Do you plan to use this felt heart hub to design your own projects?

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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

Other Projects You Might Enjoy Seeing:


• Build and paint a toy cradle for a special little one's playtime.

• Create a child's pillowcase designed just for them.

• Summer's coming--paint children's 4th of July tee shirts ahead of time.

• Decorative paint for a small cabinet turns it into a delightful piece with purpose.

Use these place cards for holiday dinners to help you customize and craft your own.



What do you think of these heartfelt craft projects?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Can i use fabric cloth, no felt here, i want to try this

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very clever gift idea for the little ones to give to their valentines!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! These are really good crafty works for Valentines Day. You can even make them in any season with different motives. Thanks for sharing.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      I love this, felt is wonderful to craft with.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Deborah-Diane:

      These really are good last-minute crafts, and they make neat toys for kids. Creating them for other holidays and for birthdays by following this basic design is an option to keep in mind. Thanks much for stopping in with your comment!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Perfect last minute idea for today!! Shared and Voted UP

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      FlourishAnyway:

      Thanks kindly! You and your daughter could have a lot of fun making these together. They are so simple and yet they offer a chance to get really creative.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a cute craft project! I'd love to make this with my teen daughter. Voted up and pinning.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      DDE:

      Thanks much for coming by to check out these felt finger puppets. I hope seeing their simple construction will inspire ideas for birthdays and other holidays.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Felt Heart Craft for Valentine’s Day Gifts and Decorations is a useful and creative hub for this special day.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      ologsinquito:

      Thanks very much! They were fun to make and so was the 2-part video. Teachers, parents, and kids can benefit from this method of making finger puppets throughout the year and I'm looking forward to making more one day. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      These look so easy to make and they're really cute. I'm pinning this because it's so timely.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      VVanNess:

      So appreciate that you came by and let me know what you think of these finger puppets!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      suzettenaples:

      Thank you for your visit and feedback here. I've enjoyed working with felt but have making time for the potential with it is another story!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I know some little ones that are going to love these this Valentine's Day! And the step by step video was a real bonus. Thanks! Very well done. Voted up!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      What great craft ideas you have for Valentine's Day! I love this hub and finger puppets are something kids just love. The bookmarks are a great idea also. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us. The video and your instructions are easy to follow and make this a great activity for kids also.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625 :

      Thanks very much, both for coming by and letting me know you like these heart shaped finger puppets!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome step by step video! The felt bookmarks are a great gift idea and look fun to make. Clever and creative! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      The bow was a thank you for taking a look at the video! :) Thanks very much for stopping in with your feedback!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Cute ideas and the video at the top was so clever. I loved the part near the end of the first part where the Valentine puppet was bowing to us...the audience. Up and useful votes! Thanks for the smiles.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Thank you! It's fun to have one smiling back at you after one is made. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are so cute, I may try the book marks myself. Always needing those and it looks like a fun thing to do. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      Yes, adapting these hearts to the paper Valentines for lollipops idea would be delightful. There are several ways felt hearts could be used and it would be fun to try them all out!

      Thanks much for stopping by and leaving your comment with ideas.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      What a cute fingerpuppet idea, and so simple to do. Have you ever seen those little paper Valentine's that you can slip a lollipop into? I was thinking this could be modified to do that, as well. Felt would be so much prettier. The garland idea is nice too.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Derdriu:

      Thanks bunches for your delightful feedback on these felt hearts. As always, I appreciate your visit very much!

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      RT, That's very Picasso-like thinking (with the imagination and passion of a child) to put the second heart slightly off center. It adds a note of realism and carries all the charm of a slightly crooked smile. Also, I particularly like the garland and mobile suggestions.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks and much appreciation for the timeliness of the hub and its adorable suggestions, Derdriu

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Mama Kim 8:

      Thanks much! A bouquet sounds delightful and if you make one I hope we get to see it here. :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This is adorable ^_^ I just love the look of felt. Thanks for all the great ideas... I think I want to make a bouquet of felt flowers now. Voting a bunch and pining!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Grandchildren are the very reason I designed these little finger puppets. :) Thanks for stopping in and adding your note about crafting with your granddaughter--congrats on your newest little one! :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Finger puppets for Valentine’s Day cute idea. My oldest granddaughter would have loved this. When she was little and would come over I had to do crafts with her. She's now having her own baby. Voted up and shared.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      aykianink:

      Agreed--the bestest! Thanks for stopping in with your comment! :)

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      Homemade is the bestest:-)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      That method should work well, so if/when you make one of these little hearts please let me know!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      braydonmoore:

      Thanks for your visit here as well as for leaving your comment!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Denise Handlon:

      Thanks much! You are right about felt being easy to use, making it being a fabulous material for designing new craft projects. So appreciate your heartfelt feedback ! :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- I think any of the things you suggested could work.. but I most like the idea of emailing and featuring it in the original hub with a capsule. I would be thrilled to add a capsule with your photo and profile info. Sounds like a wonderful idea and a great way to support each other here :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      Okay, how we could do this is indeed the question. Obviously, a redundant hub could be written by a reader, but that's not the goal, though a fresh one that contains a new spin on the project would be great.

      Sending photos via email so the author could add them and include a link to the senders profile page could work, I think. If you make one of these felt finger puppets and want to send me a photo I would love to post it. I would add a new capsule for readers' photos, as a matter of fact. :)

      The problems with allowing anyone to just post a photo on any hub could be solved by marking comments as "must be approved," which I do anyway, but don't know how possible that would be for HP.

      A person could also make the project, post a video on YouTube, then that address could be posted in a hub. Thinking it through, I can see some potential.

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      Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

      What a good creative ideas for valentines day so thanks for this.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      How adorable! I love using felt for projects b/c it's so easy to use. You don't have to worry about frayed edges like some other material. Very cute ideas here-thanks for sharing. UP/U/I/ and shared.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- I have often wondered how we could share finished project photos with each other here like that. Especially when one hubber inspires another to make something. Often, when discussing crafts in comments, I want to say I would love to see a photo when you are finished but at the same time I am thinking.. okay, how could we do this? It would be neat to be able to feature reader's projects with a link back, like you were saying.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      Thanks so much for sharing your idea for using these as goody bag toppers--such a good idea for classrooms! They are fun to make so I hope you get to do so soon. Maybe we'll get to see some of your creations? :) Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to upload photos of readers' projects with their name and a link to their profile page?!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      Thanks bunches. I hope this grandmama's design idea will be useful to teacher's and mom's!

      I just added a new group of photos at the end of this hub, and if I make more I will add them to this section.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      randomcreative:

      Thanks much for your input here!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      Thank you for coming by and for letting me know how much you enjoyed seeing this craft hub!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      Thanks kindly for stopping in to see these felt projects and for leaving your feedback!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      These little heart puppets are very cute! Something else that came to mind is attaching them to clothespins and use as a goody bag toppers. That would make a cute Valentine's Day treat. I actually have some red and white felt on hand..I may give this a try. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is such a pretty idea and fun for Valentine's Day. I can see how teachers could use this in classes and mom's at home could try this with their kids. You are so creative!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Snurre:

      Thanks very much! Appreciate both your visit and feedback!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a sweet little project! Thanks for the tutorial.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a cool idea and so well explained and easy to follow instructions. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      A very creative hub about creative ideas. Good quality presentation. Thanks!

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      Snurre 4 years ago

      This is a really good one! Great explanations that are easy to follow. Voted up and Interesting and shared.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      KA Pederson:

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed this craft hub!

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      Kim Anne 4 years ago from Texas

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

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      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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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      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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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 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.