If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day craft to make then look no further! These palm sized, Hand Stitched Valentine’s Heart Felties are so fun and easy to make! The finished results are insanely adorable!
These little hand stitched heart felt dolls make for fun and cute handmade gifts, or even as a decoration. Add a string to make them as ornaments! They could even go on a cute kawaii necklace!
These felties really are super easy to make! I’m going to show you how to re-create this Valentines Day craft just how I did, with alternative no sew instructions for kids and those who’d rather not have to sew.
But I promise – even with all the hand stitching, these are fast to make.
Valentine’s Day Craft Idea – How To Make Kawaii Felt Heart Dolls
What you’ll need:
- felt scraps
- pipe cleaners
- needle and thread
- plush stuffing
- optional doll eyes, embroidery thread, or fabric markers
Step one: Cutting Felt Hearts
Begin by cutting out a pile of felt hearts. These could be cut by hand, or you can use my quick printable heart feltie pattern to trace the heart shape onto the felt.
Each Valentine’s heart feltie will need 2 equally sized, heart shaped felt pieces.
Step Two: Embroidered Faces
Next you’ll want to give your heart felties some character! I chose to use doll safety eyes, and embroidery thread to create the facial expressions on my dolls.
For a quick and easy way to add faces try using fabric paint or markers instead! Fine tipped sharpies work magic as well!
Step Three: Adding Arms and Legs
To add arms and legs to the hand stitched heart dolls you will sew some pipe cleaners into the middle of the dolls.
I sew mine in place by sending the needle halfway through the width of the felt. This way you can hold them into place inside of the doll without seeing any stitching on the outside of the felt.
For a super fast way to complete this step, use fabric glue or a hot glue gun!
Step Four: Sewing The Felt Hearts
Sew the two layers of heart shaped felt together, with the pipe cleaner arms and legs sandwiched between the layers.
Sew all the way around the outer edges of the heart until there is a small opening left. Use the opening to fill the inside of the heart with stuffing.
Once the heart feltie is stuffed full, sew the opening shut.
Step Five: Finishing Touches!
The last step to finishing the valentines heart felties is to create finished the arms and legs.
Trim the arms and legs to a smaller size using sharp scissors or wire cutters.
Bend the bottoms inward to create small loops as hands and feet.
Viola! You’ve create an adorable Valentine’s Day Craft project to share with your friends and family!
Have you created felties with my handstitched felt heart Valentine’s Day craft? I would love to see your creations! Feel free to share on social media, or email me pics of your work!
For more free patterns and Valentines day craft swing on over to the Free felt sewing patterns page.
I’m excited to announce the release of my newest PDF pattern! Its a felt and faux fur Stuffed Hedgehog Pattern!
These little critters are so fluffy and precious!
I created mine with extra fluffy and long faux fur. But you can create them in any color or fur style you want! There in lies the beauty of DIY! Make your own woodland plush stuffed animals with my printable PDF Hedgehog sewing pattern and tutorial available here!
I do hope you enjoy my hedgie pattern!
Also New This Month…
Suzy Pocket Doll Sewing Kit!
I’ve begun revamping and creating new DIY craft kits with updated boxes, materials, and patterns! This suzy kit is the first of it’s kind with a printed cloth dress.
These little dollies are so sweet! A perfect pocket companion or dollhouse doll.
And these kits make for a wonderful gift!
For now the kit is available in my Etsy shop, but keep an eye out as I add it to my DIY Craft Kit lineup.
As always, don’t forget to follow me on social media! Post your best pics of your handmade creations on Instagram and Facebook. Don’t forget to tag #Delilahiris so I can see and share your handi-work!
How does a surprise DIY crafty felt sewing kit arriving at your doorstep every month sound?
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In each kit you will receive the pattern and supplies to create your very own felt animals and dolls.
As a member of the Whimsy Club you’ll receive exclusive patterns and designs, as well as extras such as embroidery patterns and fun materials and notions. Box of Whimsy subscribers will even receive patterns and designs before they are released to the public! Here is a unique opportunity to be the first to discover my new designs and patterns!
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As a thank you to you for signing up for this special club here at Christmas time I have a special offer, and an easy way to give this as a gift.
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I first created this felt turkey stuffed animal pattern about a bajillion years ago (no really just about 6 or 7) for a old crafting website I used to publish. I held onto it for a long time. I even sold some of these little handmade felt turkeys in my Etsy shop!
Somewhere, someone, has this very turkey sitting on a shelf somewhere, or perhaps he or she brings it out during the holidays to sit on the Thanksgiving dinner table!
After I took down the crafting site, for years I would receive emails from people who had come across the photos of the turkey in my social media accounts. Everyone wanted to know “where could they find this stuffed animal pattern??”
So by popular demand, last year I republished the turkey pattern in conjunction with the sewing blog SewMamaSew!
And finally, after all these years, I’m sharing the free printable pattern and tutorial here with you!
Let’s Get Started!
What Materials Will You Need?
- felt sheets in several colors
- needle and thread
- beads or doll eyes
- turkey stuffed animal sewing pattern
Begin by printing the free turkey sewing pattern. Use the pattern to cut all of the different felt pieces necessary for creating the felt turkey.
We’ll start to sew the turkey by constructing the body first. If you are using safety style doll eyes on posts, you’ll want to install these first.
Pin the main body pieces together and begin sewing at the back of the body.
When you reach the front of the turkey’s head, begin sewing the front face gusset in place on one side.
Tie off your thread at the back of the felt turkey body. Begin sewing again at the frot of the head, sewing the opposite side of the face gusset in place.
Sew until there is a small opening left, large enough to stuff the body full of stuffing.
Sew the opening shut.
Next to create the turkey’s beautiful plumage! Using the turkey stuffed animal pattern, you should have cute several “feathers” in different colors. Pin several in place so that you may alternate colors. Sew the first few feathers in place.
Continue sewing feathers in place in this same manner until the plumage is full of beautiful, festive colors.
Once the feathers are sewn into place, sandwich the two plumage pieces together and sew the outer edges together.
Match together the two sets of wings. Sew around the edges starting at the back of the wing, leaving a small space open for stuffing. Fill each wing gently with cotton stuffing. Sew the opening shut.
Now to create the turkey’s legs! Match together both leg pieces and feet.
Sew the feet together on the outer edges, leaving a space open for light stuffing. Stuff the feet with a small amount of cotton stuffing and then sew the opening shut.
I like to also add stitches to create separate toes on the turkey’s feet.
Repeat the same steps for the leg, sewing the outer edges and leaving the end open. Stuff the leg with cotton stuffing.
Pin the leg to the foot and begin sewing it into place. Repeat all steps to create the second leg and foot.
Pin the beak in place on the front of the face and sew it in place as well. You can also choose to add waddles at this time.
Pin the felt turkey body to the sewn feather plumage.
Sew the body to the plumage with small stitches in the back. The smaller stitching will help for the stitches to blend in.
Attach the turkey wings with string joints. Creating string joints is basically stitching over and over in place to hold the appendages on in a way that they can still move and pose.
After sewing both wings in place, move on to sewing both legs on in the same way… with string joints!
Once both legs and wings are in place you’ve got yourself a super cute felt turkey stuffed animal!
I do hope you’ve enjoyed my pattern and tutorial! I’d love to see what you’ve made with my free turkey stuffed animal pattern! Stop by my social media and post a pic of your work. I may even feature it!
More Free Sewing Patterns?
Looking for some more free projects to dip your crafting toes into? Swing on over to my Free Felt Sewing Patterns Section to have a Look See…
Another Fun Stuffed Animal Pattern!
If you’ve enjoyed this turkey sewing pattern, you might also really enjoy my Mama Hen and Chicks pattern!
Create your own herd of tiny cute kittens with my printable stuffed cat pattern!
These little stuffed kitties are so precious! They are easy to make and fun to play with. They make for a perfect handmade toy, suitable for even little hands. Ore create them as handmade gifts or hanging ornaments!
I find that little black cats are just perfect for the Halloween season, don’t you?
What you’ll need to Sew Stuffed Felt Cats:
- my printable pattern
- colored wool felt
- needle and thread
- doll eyes (optional)
- embroidery thread
- wire or pipe cleaners
These felt cats are so easy to make! You can whip a single stuffed cat together in a matter of a couple of hours. The printable pattern includes the pattern pieces and instructions to sew your own felt kitties with sewn in wire for bendable, pose-able little cats.
Maybe you’re not ready to sew your own felt cats? Don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop to purchase ready made felt stuffed animals!
Now that you’ve discovered my pattern, you have the perfect rainy day project to make handmade gifts for the cat lovers in your tribe! I’d love to see what you’ve made!
Thanks for Swinging By!