Become a Heartist

Making hearts is easy to learn even if you’ve never sewed before.

Making hearts

It uses basic sewing skills with a few little tricks, and the kits come with instructions and the template for the original 1000 Hearts pocket heart.

Be warned: making hearts is addictive, especially once you see peoples’ response when you start giving them away.

young girl holding heart

Resources

  • Heart Starter PDF: The essential resource for making pocket hearts

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  • Single Hearts Flyer: The flyer for distribution with individual hearts.

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  • Materials List: View the materials list required for making hearts

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Video Resources

How To Cut Your Pocket Heart

In this video, 1000 Hearts founder Sarah runs through the best way of cutting out your heart from felt.

How To Make A Pocket Heart

In this video, Sarah runs through the basics of making a pocket heart.

Materials

Felt: I use only 100% wool felt, as it’s beautiful to work with and kind to the environment. It creates a quality heart that will withstand a lot of squeezing, holding and pocket-dwelling. I only use pure wool felt and all hearts distributed by 1000 Hearts are made from it too – it’s the only thing I’m really fussy about.

Stuffing: I started out using synthetic stuffing which you can get at craft stores. However, in the spirit of kindness to our planet as well as the people who inhabit it, I prefer to use natural fibres. You can get wool and eco stuffing from specialist stores and online.

Thread: If you’re using six-strand embroidery thread, I recommend using only two strands when stitching your heart (this is what I do). If you don’t want to split the thread, the single strand perle cottons work well and can be easier for groups, young Heartists and beginners.

Tools of the trade: Make sure you have good scissors; a big pair for cutting out hearts and a little pair for snipping thread and trimming edges. I use size 24 Chenille needles which have a larger eye for embroidery thread and are sharp for neat stitching.

Our Heart-Starter kits are the perfect starting point for becoming a Heartist – they come in packs appropriate for beginners and more advanced crafters, and are available in our store.

Two hands holding up pocket hearts

Becoming a Heartist

Making hearts is easy to learn even if you’ve never sewed before.

It uses basic sewing skills with a few little tricks, and the kits come with instructions and the template for the original 1000 Hearts pocket heart.

Make Your Own Pocket Hearts