Valentine Hearts

Emma admires the heart she sewed

We were very snowed in Wednesday (pictures coming tomorrow – when we are due for EVEN MORE SNOW). To stave off cabin fever I agreed to help Emma and Johnny sew something. They’ve been asking for a while, but I put it off until a quiet Lily nap at home since they wanted to sew with real (a.k.a. sharp) needles. With Valentine’s Day on the way (and with it being Emma’s favorite holiday), we decided to make some Valentine hearts out of felt.


Emma sewing a felt heartJohnny sewing a felt heart

I cut out the hearts, and they stitched them together with a basic running stitch. Emma was able to do this mostly correctly on her own; Johnny had some very innovative stitch placement! One nice thing about sewing with felt: you can frequently undo stitches by pulling the needle back through the felt! It’s also one of the easiest fabrics to put a stitch through.

Johnny adds stuffing to his heart

Then we added stuffing – Johnny stuffed his heart, then got a bit hyper and started throwing the “snow flowers” all around the living room. Emma sewed her heart shut without stuffing it first (while I was dealing with the “snow flowers shower”, so we had to pull out a few stitches.

Johnny, very excited to have a heart he made all by himself (with help)

Then they celebrated having their brand-new hearts! Johnny was too excited to stand still for a picture! They played hide and seek with their hearts, and when Lily woke up from her nap, Emma made a third heart so all three kids could have their own hearts. Now they are planning their next sewing projects – including a T-rex for Johnny. That one might be a bit more challenging…

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

16 thoughts on “Valentine Hearts”

  1. The best part is that they made them themselves! Love it! I think for the first time our weather is lining up. The kids have been out of school for 4 days. It sleeted Mon. night just as the temps dropped to the teens. The roads were icy for 3 days so no school. Then last night snow fell. But tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to the 50’s by afternoon! Crazy weather!

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a great simple sewing project! I felt like I was in the room with you as Emma sewed her heart shut and you tried to contain the “snow flower shower”… It’s great that Lily got one, too. :) :)

  3. Whoa, I am so impressed that Johnny could sew too. I loved that they both worked so hard on their hearts. When my parents go home, we might start learning simple sewing too.

  4. LOL about making a T-Rex next! How fun for them to sew and make hearts! I’ve been wanting to get the square canvas stuff for Abby to practice stitches on, but felt is a great idea!

  5. This is a lovely idea for a beginner’s sewing project – B will love it. Have you ever tried doing a pencil drawing on some fabic in an embroidery hoop and then stiching over the top? They turn out great and it’s a lovely way to capture your child’s art.

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