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DIY Heart on Your Sleeve

by Grace Bonney

Today has been a full-on explosion of heart-related projects, so I’m happy to wrap up the day with one I’ve been dreaming of for almost a year now. At last year’s Gift Fair, Amy and I saw these incredible Woolfiller kits at the Sweet Bella booth. Perfect for patching holes in wool garments, they’re an ideal base material for about a million great DIYs. So when I started planning something for Valentine’s Day, I knew I wanted to find a project that would let me use this kit to play with the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve.

Last week I headed into the city to pick up one of these Woolfiller kits at Top Hat (Sweet Bella’s retail location). Each kit comes with all the tools you need and a great selection of pink, purple and peach colors. Using a simple heart stencil (I also tried a heart-shaped cookie cutter), I added colorful little heart patches onto a selection of inexpensive wool sweaters I picked up at the thrift store. The result was an array of hearts, not just on my sleeve, by on my elbows, back and shoulder. This would be the sweetest way to surprise someone you love — you’re not just mending a hole in their clothing, but also adding a little something special. The best part is that you don’t need any sewing skills. You’ll literally just be jabbing at the material with a needle, so it’s a quick and easy project to do after dinner one night. I made all of these while watching a movie and can’t wait to add another little heart to something else. (PS: I filmed a few quick video segments of me making this so you could understand the process. I found that the written instructions in the kit didn’t help as much as I’d like.) xo, grace

DIY Heart on Your Sleeve

Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Cost: Kit is $18.50


  • Woolfiller Kit (You can purchase here, call here or order internationally here.)
  • wool sweater/hat/gloves (or anything wool you want to patch/decorate)
  • heart stencil or heart-shaped cookie cutter (I used this stencil.)
  • Instructions

    1. Turn your garment inside out. Place the foam square under the garment where you’ll be putting your patch.

    2. Place a small, even patch of Woolfiller on top of the hole or over the section you’d like to cover.

    3. Lay your stencil on top of the Woolfiller patch. With the felting needles provided in the kit, jab into the fabric (over and over and over) inside the stencil until you’ve flattened out the Woolfiller patch.

    4. Flip your garment right side out, and you should see a good outline of the heart shape. Using that shape as a guideline, add smaller (thin) pieces of wool on top, inside of the heart shape. Using your needle, jab these pieces into place until you’ve got a solid shape on both sides. You can continue jabbing the needles into the wool if you want the shape to be flatter.

    (See the video below for a visual explanation. This step was hard for me to figure out when I tried this myself, so I wanted to explain it more clearly.)

    5. When you’re finished, flip the garment inside out and cut off any excess pieces of material with scissors.

    6. To wash, wash by hand or dry clean. The fibers won’t come out :)

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