Wear Your Heart On Your Stylish Sleeve

I’m obsessed with the idea of a DIY, but it has to be quick, or I get sidetracked by work, or bad reality TV. This project was perfect because it was fast and totally adorable. Here’s how you too, can wear your heart on your sleeve. Or shoulder, or hip, wherever you want.

  • First, you need to gather your materials. I’d suggest a vintage or inexpensive sweater to try this out on for your first attempt. I went with a Prabal Gurung for Target sweater, which I thought perfectly combined some spring colors. You’ll also need some felting wool (or wool-filler), a felting needle, and a thick foam pad to put behind the fabric you’ll be working on. I bought my supplies at Joann Fabrics, but you can find adorable versions at Uncommon Goods. I also grabbed a heart stencil, just to help me stay within the lines.
  • Next, pick out what wool you want to use, and rough it up. Felting wool is a little twisted together, and you want it to be super fuzzy. I went with a marled color, so that there was some variation.
  • Turn the garment inside-out (you’ll start from the wrong side). Slide the foam board under the area you want to felt. I started with the cuff of my sleeve. Place the wool over the fabric, and put the stencil over the wool. Now, poke away with that needle! It’s a great way to work out any aggression you may have built up. I started by outlining the heart and then filled in once I was comfortable. The more you stab, the flatter the wool will get.
  • Once you’ve filled in the heart outline, flip the garment to the right side. You should see the faint outline of the heart on that side. Use more wool to stab and fill in until you have a full heart.
  • I used some thread to outline the heart once I was done, but you don’t have to if you want a fuzzier look. After you’re done, it’s good to go. Hand-wash the garment, but don’t worry about that wool going anywhere – it’s stuck on there for good.

I have to give credit where it’s due. I got this adorable idea from a graphic designer friend who first saw it on Design Sponge. They also have an excellent and helpful video if you want to see what felting looks like live!

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