When the going gets rough, you know it’s time for an easy craft.  Cue: felt.  And if there’s anything my elementary school education prepared me for, it’s cutting out hearts (and I know that may sound suspect coming from a high school teacher, but I don’t mean that as a diss).  It’s downright therapeutic.  Just fold the felt and go to town with the scissors, machine sew them together in one long string, and voila, heart garland!

Construction hint: I thought it would be easier to go pointed side first, but turns out I was wrong.  The presser foot does better with the top side of the heart than the point.

I had the idea for this after seeing these at Shim + Sons, but I feel this must have been done somewhere else before…maybe Martha (which, now that I have AdBlocker, is much much more enjoyable)?  I don’t know.  The felt came from Heather Bailey.  And I have to also mention: those lovely pieces of lenticular art above the mantel were Mr Rae and my Christmas gifts to eachother last year.  They are both from the Science Shows You How series by our friend, Detroit artist Chris Dean
If you’ve made a Valentine’s Day garland, please share!
Categories: garland, holidays
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98 Responses to The Easiest Heart Garland. Evar.

  1. noolygirl says:

    I am so gonna try this!!!! so pretty!!!

  2. Corey~living and loving says:

    oooooo this is just plain fun! :) thanks for sharing it.
    have a great day!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Very cute! and easy!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. AprilMayAugust says:

    Oh I am SO making this! I'll be sure to share my photos with you when it's done!

  5. Anna says:

    more felt jealousy here, I might just have to nab me some of that heather bailey felt. I love it on your mantel.

  6. Andrea says:

    I like, I like!

    Here is the garland I made last year (but is hanging up right now) …

    Notice our matching candlesticks? Gosh we have good taste, don't we?

    I also have new bunting in my shop, which might have to make it's way into our decor too!

  7. pinksuedeshoe says:

    I am making this. Today. My daughters first birthday is on Sunday, and this is going to be PERFECT! Will post pics soon… like tomorrow :o )

  8. beck says:

    I love this garland! I was thinking of something similar yesterday but I had the hearts going the other way, standing up! Gorgeous colours x

  9. star.originals.stuff says:

    oh – SEW simple :) thanks!

  10. Adventures in Dressmaking says:

    That is so super cute!! I want one!

  11. Grandma G says:

    So simple, yet so pretty!

  12. Mary says:

    L.O.V.E. this!

  13. leigh says:

    love the colors! it's so pretty!

  14. A. says:

    your mantel is freaking awesome!

  15. Care says:

    I've got to do it!

    Wonder if there's any good television on (for cutting hearts during!) tonight……

  16. dana says:

    Ohhhh! I LOVE it!

  17. Rachelle says:

    i'm a sucker for anything felt! these are just too cute and they look so easy. i'm thinking maybe of adding fabric on the other side? we have the old fashioned love heart candy rolls at our place, a perfect match for valentine's day!

  18. Myrnie says:

    Love the colors- makes for such a sweet mantle-scape (is that a word??) You reminded me of what we did last year! I went with hand stitching so Ernie could help me, and lots of space in between. I used leftover hearts to dangle from the chandelier in the dining room, too- seems like I always have stuff hanging from that light fixture :) I gave mine away last year, I think it's time to make more!


  19. Whosies says:

    That is so smart! Your interview over on the blog is up! come take a peek–


  20. SaraReno says:

    These are great! I can't wait to try it out with my daughter.

  21. lisarenata says:

    I am loving it. Very cute. I will have to make. ;)

  22. tini-uk says:

    Thank you so much for this idea. I have already made two, one for our playroom and one to give to a friend. It was just the right project to finish before I had to go and pick up my child from pre-school.The picture will have to wait until my husband is back, but I will put it on ohsewwonderful.blogspot.com

  23. Care says:

    Did it! I am addicted; I want to make more!! ……How many heart garlands is too many?


  24. kristena marie says:

    Oh, it's so pretty! And truly simple. Thanks for sharing, Rae!


  25. Jenna says:

    i LOVE this! totally gonna do it. ;)

  26. Deborah Raymond says:

    I actually gasped when I saw the first picture. I am LOVING this idea and it is the easiest thing! Thanks.

  27. Eva says:

    i love it. can't wait to make some heart garland

  28. Jamie says:

    I found you from the Made blog. I love the garland so much that I made one today & posted it on my blog, linking back to you, of course! Thanks for the fun project!

  29. smallgrapes says:

    Love them. I don't have quite the color stash that you do, but red, cream, white, and burgandy should fit the bill appropriately! Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  30. Roselee says:

    Lovely! I saw something similar on purlbee – the New Year's garland. My 3 y.o. daughter and I made that and thought a Valentine one would be fun, too. We'll see if ours stacks up to yours! :)

  31. Wendy says:

    Super cute, I do plan on making something like this!

  32. Brandy says:

    I love this idea Rae! I had to make it right away! Thanks so much for sharing! What a fun, fast, adorable garland!

  33. pinksuedeshoe says:

    Finished! Only, I used paper. I have more scraps of that!

  34. liz says:

    what a fun, springy idea. i'm in the middle of making my first ever quilt and this little craft might be a good distraction from all of the geometry brain confusion right now… thanks for the idea!

  35. Susan says:

    Thanks for the inspiration Rae!!! I blogged about here…

  36. Kim says:

    This is adorable! I definitely want to try this.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    oh.oh.oh. i shall make one or two of these!

  38. Jessica says:

    I love this garland–and I have everything to make it!!

  39. Mommafo says:

    I absolutely love this. never even considered sewing down the middle!!! Great idea.

  40. De Javu Crafts says:

    I love the garland…i have been seeing these everyone, and i def need to make some…..
    So im having a giveaway on my blog….i was wondering if it was alright if i could make one of your Butter cup purses…(refer them to your tutorial of it) and give it has my giveaway…
    Come on over and let me know…

  41. christi says:

    love this!

  42. The Bauers says:

    Thanks for the great idea!!! I tried it out and am now kinda obsessed with them!! How fun would these be for different holidays!
    here is my blog with some pics of the garland! Thanks again

  43. Bethany says:

    I was just blogging about how I'm having a "bad" crafting streak! Time for something simple – this is perfect. Very cute – thanks for sharing! :)

  44. Jessica says:

    This is so cute! I loved it so much I made it and blogged about it. Left a link back to yours in there :D


  45. The Ramirez Trio says:

    Looks fast and easy. Even for me. and totally cute

  46. Julie says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this project. It was so fun, super easy, and a great way to get rid of my scraps! yahoo! Here's mine:

  47. lynn says:

    My four year old and I just made your adorable garland this afternoon. I think I made the hearts a bit big, and may attempt another with smaller ones. But regardless I love the simplicity of this festive decor.

  48. The Unlikely Homeschooler says:

    So fun and easy!
    I found a felt "LOVE" to add to it as well.
    http://theunlikelyhomeschooler.blogspot.com/2010/01/valentine-garland.html thanks for a quick cute and best of all SIMPLE craft idea

  49. Amy B says:

    I love this idea! I went home right after I read it and made one!


    Thanks so much for the tutorial and idea!

  50. Jennifer says:

    After reading this I remembered a bunch of red felt a friend gave me so I made one for our house. I love your colorful one but since red is the main theme of my Valentine day decor I didn't mind so much not having all the pretty colors. =) Thanks for sharing

  51. Melissa says:

    As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to make it. I finished mine up last night: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53073161@N00/4308372647

  52. KJ says:

    I reached your blog via Balancing Everything. Lovely garland. I will try it!

    Here is our valentine's garland.


  53. 6p0120a78e43e4970b says:

    this is absolutely precious. i'll be doing this one tomorrow most likely. :) for some reason, this year i'm feeling like all of February should be spruced up like the other winter holidays. Yay!

    tiny twig

  54. Miranda says:

    I loved it, had to make it, and invited over some friends to join! Thanks for the inspiration for a fun craft-it-up night!


  55. Tiff says:

    OMG! I have to give this a try.What a great beginner's project for my daughter to do!

    I'm listing crafty projects on my blog today. Feel free to enter your link. http://www.three-peas.com/2010/01/craft-project-thursday_28.html

  56. emily says:

    anyone wanna make one for me? no sewing machine & i've looked everywhere for one.

    love the colors shown here….we have boys around here so it's nice to have some variation on colors.


  57. Tammy says:

    I made one! Blogged here!

  58. Deborah Raymond says:

    Here's mine. Thanks for a fast and fun decoration.

  59. Heather says:

    I made a similar one last year but never posted directions! You are awesome…I sent all my friends who wanted to know how over here to see how. I am in love with your color combinations and different sizes of hearts!! Now I think I need another one…

  60. Carrie, The Modern Housewife says:

    thanks for the great idea! it was fun.


  61. Brittany says:

    I made this, but I just used cheap felt and I think it would be better with the good stuff. I just used what I had. Next time I will try and leave a little more space mine bunched together. It is super cute though!

    I also cant wait for the boy month. I have one little boy and I am so excited!

  62. Natalie says:

    I love it and made one the same day of reading your post…thanks for sharing…http://www.natalieclayton.com/1/post/2010/01/hearts.html

    Looking forward to "Celebrate the Boy" in February!


  63. Christie says:

    Thanks for sharing! You inspired me to try a little twist on it with my kids. My blog is alemonsqueezyhome.blogspot.com. I love your blog!

  64. miyo b. says:

    omg – just made 2 of these! one with more pinks for my daughter, and one with more boyish tones for my little man. super easy!

  65. Jessica says:

    I made 3 this morning. Thanks for the great idea!

  66. HeartShapesandCupCakes says:

    I really love this and want to make mine NOW!! Will have to wait until I can get supplies tomorrow

    I have posted it on my blog here http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2010/01/easiest-heart-garland-evar.html hope that is ok??

  67. "Cottage By The Sea" says:

    So cute! I must have it. I'm going to have to go to one of the three storage places we are storing all our crap whilst we do a remodel and find my sewing machine. Thought I could do without it for a few months, saw your heart garland, and realized I couldn't. I'll send you a picture when I'm done.

  68. Krista says:

    I love this and I love how mine turned out! Perfect for my little guys first Valentine's Day.

    You can see mine here:

  69. drj says:

    Totally cute and so easy! This will be a perfect way to occupy my croupy daughter tomorrow.

  70. Carrie says:

    Thanks for the idea. I made one to keep busy while my husband was out of town since I can't sleep when he is gone.

  71. Jan says:

    I loved this idea so much. I didn't have any nice felt lying around but was able to make something similar using craft foam. Thanks!


  72. Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    Super duper cute. And so easy! Now I just need a mantle!

  73. Kristen says:

    so simple & fun! Thanks for sharing! Here's my attempt:


  74. paws says:

    Way cute, and I don't even like hearts in general.

  75. Holly C. says:

    I just made a red heart garland from a thrifted 29 cent cashmere sweater. The hearts are a little floppy, but I still love it!


  76. Stacey - Elle Belle says:

    So sweet and so super simple! Just the thing I needed to add a little Valentine love to our living room: http://ellebelleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/felt-heart-garland.html

  77. von Hand zu Hand says:

    i love it! such an easy and colorful way to brighten up a room.

    thanks for sharing the idea.

    i set a link. i hope you'll agree.


  78. Aurora says:

    I just found your blog and made this ADORABLE and easy garland, along with a wreath that it inspired me to make. You can see it here: http://piersonnest.blogspot.com/2010/02/love-is-in-air.html
    Love it! oh, I'm now following you :)

  79. Mary Beth says:

    love love love! going to create it now!

  80. Tracy says:

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! You can see ours here:


  81. Mary Beth says:

    so in love with your blog!!
    And this is fabulous! Made mine last night!

  82. Ziezo says:

    I made one a few days ago after the initial posting. Instead of draping it around something, I hung it from a lampshade (no enough felt for a long garland). The movement of the felt hearts make it a beautiful piece above my table. . .

  83. Sheila says:

    Adorable! Now, if only I had a mantle. :)

  84. danielle says:

    I made one! Thanks for the darling idea.

  85. Pati says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!I made one and linked back to you: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2010/02/heart-crafts.html

  86. Jennifer says:

    thanks for the inspiration! pictures of the one I made are on my blog:


  87. Vivian says:

    Not only is this too cute but you could translate it into any seasonal motif cut out. Love it!

  88. shantel says:

    So cute! I'm linking this idea (and your first picture) to my blog:

  89. Wylie says:

    Here’s my garland from last Valentine’s Day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wyliehunt/5392423413/

  90. This garland is precious! Just posted in a garland round-up on Craft Gossip! Happy Valentine’s Day!!


  91. Janet Borzelleri says:

    What type of thread did people use for the felt garland?

  92. pedro says:

    me la maman putos hijos de su reputisima madre mechupan el 8=====D—— PERRAS

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