Share some love in your community by making these scrappy fabric hearts, and leaving them for others to find. This is a fun and inexpensive way to brighten someone’s day with a little reminder that they are loved.
How to Make Scrappy Fabric Hearts
These little hearts are a great way to use up your leftover fabric scraps. They’re meant to look scrappy and imperfect, so feel free to use whatever supplies you have on hand.
- fabric scraps
- sewing machine and thread
Cut your scraps into strips that are between 1” – 1 1/2” wide and sew together.
Feel free to mix different colors, patterns, and widths.
Cut into heart shapes that are approximately 3 1/2” (or whatever size you like).
You can freehand the hearts, or create a little pattern to trace.
Cut a heart shaped piece of batting and place it under your fabric heart.
Put the two layers on top of a piece of backing fabric. Sew around the edges of the heart, securing all three layers together.
I use the sewing machine for this step, but you could also hand sew if you prefer.
Cut around the heart shape to trim the backing fabric.
Add a ribbon hanger.
Sew or glue a loop of ribbon to the back of the heart.
Add a charm (optional) and a tag.
Our tags say, “Take me home as a reminder that you are LOVED!”
All that’s left to do is hang these hearts in public spaces in your community where others can find and claim them!
We like to put ours along walking trails, in parks, on trees near the library or local shops, and at the pond. Even my dad gets in on the fun!
- Try combining different colors and patterns of fabric to create unique hearts!
- It’s ok if your hearts are different sizes rather than all being the same.
- You can keep creating and sharing these long after Valentine’s Day; feel free to share love all year.
Frequently Asked Questions
We use fabric scraps that are left over from other projects. Originally, most of it came from Missouri Star Quilt Company. You can save 25% on any fabric (or other) order at MSQC using this link.
We try to stay on public property, in places like parks, playgrounds, common areas in neighborhoods, walking trails, etc. Try hanging them on tree limbs or bushes, putting them on benches, and wherever else someone will notice them.
Anything you want! Ours invites the finder to “take me home as a reminder that you’re loved.” This gives them permission to take the heart rather than just leaving it for others to see.
More Valentine Projects
If you enjoyed this project, check out these other Valentine craft ideas!
If you try these projects, make sure to share your photos in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so we can all be inspired. Hope to see you there.
Scrappy Fabric Hearts
- sewing machine and/or sewing needle
- fabric scraps
- charm (optional)
- Cut your scraps into strips that are between 1” – 1 1/2” wide and sew together.
- Cut into heart shapes that are approximately 3 1/2” (or whatever size you like).
- Cut a heart shaped piece of batting and place it under your fabric heart.
- Put the two layers on top of a piece of backing fabric. Sew around the edges of the heart, securing all three layers together.
- Cut around the heart shape to trim the backing fabric.
- Add a ribbon hanger.
- Add a charm (optional) and a tag.
- Hang your hearts for others to find!