Kirstie's Handmade Britain

How To Make A String Of Hearts Garland

Heart shaped garland

If you would like to have a go at making the string of hearts garland featured in Kirstie's Handmade Britain, follow our simple instructions below.

By Kirstie Allsopp

Heart shaped biscuit cutters

Fabric (vintage fabrics create a wonderful effect)

Iron-on fabric adhesive

Bright embroidery thread

Needle for threading

Stuffing for hearts

Gold mini bells (available from craft shops)

A length of cord



Pinking shears




You needn’t be skilled at sewing to give this a go – the hearts are glued and the simple running stitch is just for decoration.


This craft project can be completed for under £10. The biscuit cutters are just to get a neat heart shape; you can probably draw it freehand.


You can probably make a good go of this in an afternoon - it depends how many hearts you want your garland to have!

Step One: Make The Template

Make a heart template by drawing round a biscuit cutter, or draw your heart shape freehand.

Step Two: Iron On Adhesive

Iron the iron-on fabric adhesive onto a square of your chosen fabric.

Step Three: Cut Out Hearts

Using your template, cut out two hearts from the fabric.

Step Four: Stick The Hearts Together

Peel off the iron-on adhesive, leaving a sticky residue on the fabric, and stick the two hearts together. Leave a gap for stuffing.

Step Five: Sew The Edges

Sew round the edge of the hearts with running stitch using the bright embroidery thread. Leave a gap for stuffing the heart.

Step Six: Pink The Edges

Using pinking shears, pink the edges of your fabric.

Step Seven: Fuse The Glue

Iron round the edge of the heart to fuse the glue (still leaving a gap for stuffing)

Step Eight: Stuff The Heart

Stuff your heart. Be careful not to overfill. The desired effect is padded, rather than overstuffed.

Step Nine: Sew The Gap

Sew up the gap neatly to finish off the heart.

Step 10: Embellish The Heart

Sew a bell onto the top of the heart.

Step 11: Thread Wire

Thread wire through the top of the heart, twisting to secure. Twist a loop in the wire so it will hang on the cord.

Step 12: Repeat

Repeat until you have your desired number of hearts.

Step 13: Gather Bells

Twist up little bunches of the golden bells on wire. Twist a loop in the wire for hanging onto the cord.

Step 14: Prepare For The Garlanding

Take your piece of cord and glue one of the ends so that it doesn't fray when threading. Tie a loop in the other end for hanging.

Step 15: Thread The Hearts

Thread the stuffed hearts alternately onto the cord, knotting them into place to secure, then tie a loop in other end of the cord.

Step 16: Hang It!

Hang your finished garland up!


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