Felt Heart Garland

Hello, my friends!

I needed something cheery to get me started this week!  Over the weekend, I worked hard on my Valentine's Day mantle.  I needed a garland of sorts.  During the fall, I saw all sorts of felt leaf garlands on Pinterest.  To me, there is nothing more "homey" than felt.  So over the weekend, I sat down and created something to help spice up my Valentine's Day decor.

This was the perfect project to work on while Mr. Oopsey Daisy was out of town. I watched a couple of chick flicks, and hand stitched these hearts together.

You can make your own with some scraps on hand!

Let's get started!

I started with the felt.   I secretly wanted to use all wool felt, but my frugal conscience got the best of me.  So I purchased the red and mustard wool felt, and I had the other colors on hand.  I LOVE the color scheme!  The mustard and turquoise were fun and unexpected pops of color.

Then I sat down and just started cutting out a whole lot of hearts!  I didn't use a pattern--just used the old traditional method of folding the fabric over to achieve a symmetrical heart.  I think I cut out about 90 hearts total.

It was 12:30 AM, and I couldn't thread the yearn through the needle for the life of me.  Finally I tried this trick of taping the end with masking tape. Duh!  It worked perfectly.

I knotted the end of the yarn to prevent fraying and then started stitching!

I made sure that I had plenty of excess yarn so I could sew as long of a garland as possible.  (I didn't want to have to thread that needle any more times than completely necessary!)

I wanted to be unpredictable, so I didn't repeat the colors in any certain pattern.  Crazy, I know!!

I just knotted the very end of the yarn, and started draping!

So what do you think?

Do you want to know something silly?

I really don't have a mantle--just this built-in area for our TV.  I avoid showing pictures of this area for some reason.  This might be its very first reveal on Oopsey Daisy. I am never sure how to decorate this little spot especially with the distraction of the television.  But one of my goals for 2012 is to be more real.  So this is us!

And I love how this little garland make our home so cheery and homey!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. This is such a great idea, easy to make and a great result. As you said yourself, perfect job while watching a chickflick (love doing that!).
    The needle and duck tape trick is such a great tip! Why didn’t I ever think of that?????

  2. I love this…I fall for all things felt and yarn and I absolutely adore the colors you chose! As for keeping it real…I don’t have a mantel either and just decorate the tops of 2 bookshelves that stand together. And I think your TV niche is WONDERFUL! It looks so homey and cozy!

  3. I love it! You always make such cute things. I don’t have a real mantel either, just a shelf that I pretend is one–it works. 🙂

  4. This is simply adorable, Alison!! And definitely a sewing project I can tackle. I am in love with the color scheme!! Different for Valentine’s Day, but still romantic. Love, love, love!

  5. That is so cute! Very creative Alison. 🙂

  6. This is darling! I love the colors that you choose. It’s looks so cute draped around your entertainment area 🙂

  7. We don’t have a mantle either. We have a fireplace (that actually works) but no mantle. It drives me crazy. We ended up putting up a floating shelf so we could hang our christmas stockings. I see all these cute things people do with mantles and little scenes set up. Garlands. Banners. And I think why didn’t the builders of this house make a mantle??
    Oh cute garland. I too love the colors. Traditional and non traditional. Love it.

  8. Adorable! Love the colors. Love it all!

  9. What a great idea. So cute and easy. Thanks for posting it!

  10. I love it!!! I’m adding it to Pintrest and hopefully will start cutting out hearts tonight! 🙂

  11. SO cute, Alison! Love these colors!

  12. I love that you didn’t just use the traditional Valentine’s Day colors! It looks great where you have it. A mantle is overrated anyways! I have one, but I feel weird putting crafty things on it with a picture of the Savior above it:) I can’t move the picture either, so I just deal with it. Take care!

  13. Love it! You did such a great job! I am going to add it to Pinterest!!!

  14. Thanks for sharing you “un-mantle”. We don’t have a mantle either and it is frustrating to always see cute ideas for “mantles”. I created a “mantle” in my home this year so I can put out holiday themed decor – it is the top of my fridge (since my kitchen is our main entrance) and the center of my dining room table 🙂 It is kinds fun to create displays for those two areas.

  15. Your heart garland is darling! It’s good to know I’m not the only one without a mantle:)

  16. So cute! This is just awesome! I am so glad I came across your blog. I am your newest follower and I would appreciate it if you followed me back at my blog! I am also doing a giveaway for free software!! You should come check it out at http://milliemorganmedia.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-memories-software-giveaway.html

  17. Love love love your sweet little heart garland! We don’t have a mantle either! I get so sad about decorating! I’m always craving a mantle! Your set up is still good for decorating though and it looks nice! 🙂

  18. That is so cute! I love felt and this one is really adorable 🙂 I made something similar with paper from magazines a few years ago.

    Visiting from Creations by Kara!

  19. I love this!! I’ve got to try it! 🙂

  20. I love the garland and especially the colors you chose. First time visiting from the Look What I Made party. Great Job!

  21. I can’t believe you handstitched them all together, but it looks fabulous!

  22. Alison,
    I was already impressed by this wonderful idea. Then I tried to do it and I was even more impressed!! I could not for the life of me get the yarn to go through the felt. So I just decided to sew them with the sewing machine together. It is defiantly not as pretty as yours but it is garland. : ) Great job!!

  23. Cute idea! I love it with the yarn!

  24. I really love the colors you chose to use! I shared your great garland with my readers. Come check it out!


  25. I love this!! Anything felt just screams my name!!! I just did a post on some Valentine Garlands too 🙂

  26. How fun.. love the color combo!
    Stopping by from TT & J and would LOVE for you to come by and link this up at my “Create and Inspire” Party! 🙂

    Thanks so much!

    P.S. New follower

    Angie from A Little Inspiration

  27. This is so simple but very cute…great weekend project!

  28. So cute and creative!

  29. I really love the colors you used – you could probably keep this up for awhile!!

  30. So simple… but SO cute!

  31. This is so pretty! I need a Valentine Garland and you’ve totally inspired me!

  32. I love this !!
    It’s so cute!!!!

  33. Love this! Sent this to a friend today!

  34. I love this project! Unexpected colors make it so non-traditional (which I love) and yet the felt is the perfect cozy touch. Lovely job… now I want to make one for my classroom!

  35. i love this garland so so much.

  36. I love almost anything with felt, and this is no exception! Great project!

  37. Love this, Alison! Featuring it tomorrow 🙂

  38. Wow that is GORGEOUS! I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine’s Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

  39. This is so cute! Love it!

  40. Loooove it! I wouldn’t think to use those nontraditional colors, but they totally work!

  41. This is so beautiful. x

  42. I love working with felt and these wreaths are beautiful!

    Kisses darling!

  43. I love this kind of art of felt ! I will still live only my art !

    I loved everything! Is perfect!!!!


  44. Alinson que artesanato incrível, você é muito talentosa menina, paranéns


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