One of the things you learn when you sell at conventions is that you will invariably have downtime. You’ll find yourself sitting in your booth with no customers around. You have one of two choices: either sit there, staring at everyone who wanders by with that hungry look of “Come buy from meeeee!” or you can find busy work that keeps the aura of desperation at bay. I quickly took up playing with felt in between customers. I started off just making little creatures for my daughter from the Aranzi Cute Stuff Book. Soon I moved on to making less little kid friendly projects: Gothic Love Charms, Poisoned Posies and the like.
One day I found myself with leftover green felt from the pumpkins project. I already had some red on hand, and I wanted to make a wreath. Thus, the Heartfelt* Wreath was born.
My wreath was made for the Yule season, but it is simple enough to change it up. Make one in red and pink felt for Valentine’s Day and then add some magick to it to bring in and enhance loving energies in your home. (See down in the “Make it Magickal” section for how to do that.)
This is one of those crafts that is great because it doesn’t require a lot of materials, meaning you could use it to clear out some leftovers in your stash. It also makes a fun project you can do with your kids to teach them some crafting skills.
- 2 pieces of 12″ x 6″ felt in two different colors
- 1 12″ x 6″ piece of craft weight interfacing
- Embroidery thread to match your felt colors
- 1 10″ x 10″ piece of foam poster board or cardboard
- A piece of ribbon or cording
- Embroidery needle
- X-acto knife
- Print out of heart templates
Start by printing out the template for the hearts and cut them out. The heart for the craft weight interfacing is slightly smaller than the felt as you’ll be whipstitching the felt around it.
Cut 12 hearts of the craft weight interfacing. Cut 24 hearts from the felt, 12 of color number one and 12 of color number two. I just place the template on the felt and interfacing and trace around it with a pen.
Sandwich an interfacing heart in between two hearts of the same color. Use six strands of the second color of embroidery thread to whipstitch the felt together. Run the tail ends of the embroidery thread between the interfacing and felt to anchor it. Do the same for the other hearts, using the contrasting thread for each heart (i.e. if you are using green and red hearts use green thread on the red hearts and red thread on the green hearts) You should end up with a total of twelve hearts, six of each color.
Now get your foam poster board, cardboard, whatever you are using. Draw a circle with a 9″ diameter. Draw another circle inside the first with an 8″ diameter. Using an x-acto knife cut both circles out so that you are left with a ring. This will be your wreath base.
Arrange the hearts, point side in, on the base. This is a fiddly bit as you have to arrange the hearts just so to get them all to fit. Once you have them arranged on the base glue them down. I used hot glue, but white glue or any other craft glue will work. Pick which heart will be your top. Don’t glue that one at the edges. You need a little play there for the cord to hang the wreath.
You are almost done! Once the glue is dry, cut a piece of ribbon about 10″ long. The wreath isn’t very heavy so it doesn’t need a heavy duty ribbon. I used a piece of satin rattail cording I had lying around. Run the cording between the felt and the wreath base on either side of one of the hearts. Knot the cording together to create a loop. This is your hanger.
Make it Magickal
Annoint your wreath with an oil made from adding rose essential oil to a carrier oil like sweet almond to infuse it with loving vibrations. Consecrate the wreath and hang it with loving intentions. Visualize those energies giving loving hugs to all who enter your home through tha door. You can also tap into the powers of the moon by making this wreath during the waxing moon to help increase the strength and reach of your wreath.
Go ahead and hang your wreath! If you make this wreath, post a picture in the comments. I’d love to see them.
*I’m pun avoidant, but when I posted pictures of the finished wreath my friend Amanda dubbed it a “heartfelt gift” and I found that I’m okay with sewing related puns.]]>