This tutorial will share with you a two-part Valentine's Day gift!
These Valentine gnomes present your loved one with a hand-made heart pin!
Here is the two-part tutorial for you to follow to make some for your family and friends!
.: Part one ~ Creating felt heart pins :.
With a small piece of cardboard folded in half, trace half of a heart along the folded side. Next you will cut this folded half-heart shape out completely. Open to reveal a complete and symmetrical cardboard heart template that will help us in the steps to follow!
Cut out two hearts in each color.
Next take out several complementary colors of embroidery thread.
You can embroider your hearts or leave them plain. Now begin stitching up your heart and leave a small opening to stuff them with wool.
Fill your felt heart with wool until it is quite full. We used a knitting needle to ensure the hearts were very evenly stuffed.
Next stitch a pin back onto the (upper) back of the heart.
.:Set aside your heart pins and prepare for Part II of this tutorial:.
.: Part Two ~ Creating Valentine Gnomes :.
Set out a pinecone with a thin point to the top of it. Place a medium-sized wooden bead over the point of the pinecone, securing it with glue. This will form the head of the Valentine Gnome.
Begin by cutting a triangle shape from felt. This will create your Valentine Gnome's hat.
Wrap the triangle shape around the wooden bead. You can make alterations accordingly until your gnome hat fits.
Now begin stitching up your hat by folding the triangle in half and stitching up the back.
Your gnome hat is now complete. Secure it to the wooden bead with a bit of glue.
.: Securing the heart pin to the Valentine gnome .:
Now take a length of embroidery floss and loop it through your (closed) felt heart pin back. The long lengths of thread can then be wrapped around the pinecone and tied in the back. (Leave loose enough so that the heart pin can be taken off to be worn.)
This little gnome is now ready to gift your Valentine with a sweet heart pin that can be taken off and worn while the Valentine gnome visits your nature table!