Upcycled Sweater Hearts

I love Valentine’s Day!

Here is another idea for you to use up some of your old sweaters, and better yet, the scraps from your other upcycled projects.
Here is a tutorial showing you how easy it is to make these upcycled sweater hearts and  patchwork hearts.  You will have a bunch made up in no time.

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

Cut out fabric pieces using sweaters of your choice.

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

With Right Sides Together (RST) sew piece 1 to piece 2.  Open that up and place pattern piece 3 (RST) and sew together.

If you want to hang your heart, baste a ribbon, jute or thick string on the right side of the heart back piece.

Gather the string or ribbon up and pin in the center of the heart, so it won’t get caught in the seam.

Place the pieced heart top to the bottom piece (RST) and pin in place.  Sew all the way around leaving about a 2″ opening to stuff the heart.

Turn inside out and stuff firmly.

With a needle and thread, slip stitch opening closed.

Ta Dah!

Sew a bunch up for all your Valentine’s, or just fill a basket full of hearts for a fun holiday decoration!


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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

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Sweater Heart Hand Warmer Tutorial

heart hand warmer

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, YEA!  I love this holiday!  I always like to make some kind of valentine gift each year and I think this year I am going to give these fun heart shaped hand warmers.  They are WAY easy to make and will be easy to mail to my family and friends.

I am terrible at sending out Christmas cards, but I do enjoy making and sending out valentine cards with a personalized note (of course).  That is one of my pet peeves, getting a generic card or letter in the mail.  Very rarely do you get something in the mail besides bills and advertisements.  Don’t you think it is fun to get a card in the mail with your name HANDWRITTEN and maybe even a cute sticker on the back of the envelope?  My mother-in-law and I still send notes back and forth every once in a while in the mail, and I just love it.  We do converse with email, but there is just something about a written note that really lifts your spirits.  Even with her arthritic hands, she still sends beautiful handwritten letters.

This little rice bags really do work quite well.  Just pop them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and place them in your coat pockets.  They are a great thing to send your kids off to school with, or take in the car on the way to work.

So……go to your felted sweater, fleece or flannel stash and pick out some cute, bright colors and get to work, and with your handwritten valentine note, send a set of cozy heart shaped hand warmers.

heart hand warmer

cut out 4 hearts

heart hand warmer

Sew around the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Leave about a 2 inch opening

heart hand warmer

Using a funnel, fill with 1/2 – 3/4 cup flax seeds or rice.

Flax seeds don’t put off as much aroma as the rice and tend to stay warmer a little longer, but rice still works quite well.
Go back to the sewing machine and sew the opening closed.

Ta-dah!  There you have it.
Finish them off with a ribbon and a note attached explaining how to heat and use the rice bags.

Click HERE to download heart pattern.

Check out my therapeutic rice bag pattern set in my craftsy and etsy shops.  Includes the heart and rectangle hand warmers, neck bag, eye pillow, back soother and foot warmer patterns.

heart hand warmer

My husband and I have become wimps.  We heat up the foot warmer every night and throw it in the bottom of our bed.  It works like a charm, keeps our feet nice and toasty!  This puppy stays warm for a good 3 hours or more.  All of these bags are really easy and fun to sew up.

Here is a link for the foot warmer tutorial.

heart hand warmer

If you have any questions, send me a note.
Have fun sewing!

large jar top

side jar label

Some jars work better to have a label on the side.

Upcycled Sweater Scarf Tutorial

Here is ANOTHER way to use up your felted sweaters.  This is such a fun, easy project to make.  I get comments on this scarf every time I wear it.

Upcycled sweater scarf tutorial:

The most time consuming part is cutting out the squares.

upcycled sweater scarf

Cut out 16 – 18 squares that measure 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.  Use sweaters
that have been felted.  (shrunk down by washing in very hot water and
dried in the dryer)

upcycled sweater scarf

Arrange the squares in a pattern that suites you.  Mix and match colors, textures and patterns that feel good to your eye.  Then stack them up in that order.  Starting with the piece on top, place two pieces together and pin in place.

upcycled sweater scarf

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, simply sew along pinned edge. Back stitch at the beginning and end of seam.  No need to worry about the edges fraying if the sweater has been felted.

Open those pieces up and place the next square on top, right sides together.  Pin in place and sew the seam.  Repeat this process until all pieces are sewn together and the scarf is the length that you desire.  Ta dah!  Now wasn’t that fun and easy!

upcycled sweater scarf

Now you have a stylin, whimsical, one of a kind scarf