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Stuffed Paper Hearts

These paper sack stuffed paper hearts can be easily made with items you already have at home!

stuffed paper hearts
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

I throw in a little decor here and there, but really not much.

But this is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts, and they usually get to make an appearance.

These are a fun and simple Valentine’s Day craft using brown bags, stamps, and a little bit of stitching.

I think you’ll love them!

Stuffed Paper Hearts
Did I mention how super duper simple these are to make?

I made 9 of these hearts during nap time!

I was completely inspired by these stunning hearts at Vintage Fairy Tales that I discovered via Pinterest.

And since there is no tutorial for them and mine are a little different, I thought I would show you how to make them!

supplies for Stuffed Paper Hearts
Stuffed Paper Hearts Directions

1. Start with a lunch sack-sized paper bag (affiliate link).

2. Fold the base flap back down over itself.

3. Cut off the bottom flap with a pair of scissors.

4. With the bottom flap cut off you can now open the bottom of the bag to see the sides folded inwards.

5. Pull open the sides and smooth them flat so you now have a large square of paper bag rather than the original rectangle.

decorate Stuffed Paper Hearts
6. I made a heart template from a piece of cardstock, but you can draw them freehand if you so desire. I draw terrible unsymmetrical hearts so I need a template!

7. Draw as many hearts as you can on the back of the bag (the side with the seam). I was able to fit 9 hearts (mine are ~3 inches wide).

8. Decorate the paper as you see fit. I whipped out several acrylic stamp sets and got my ink on.

9. As I used each stamp on the back of the bag, I also used it on the front of the bag in roughly the same area so that the hearts would look the same on the front and back.

stitching Stuffed Paper Hearts
10. Using a paper piercer or thick needle, poke evenly spaced holes around the inside of your heart. Don’t get to close to the edge or the paper may rip later when we stitch it together.

11. After piercing holes in all of the hearts, cut them out (front & back together) with a pair of scissors or Xacto knife.

12. Start stitching (from the back) from the bottom of the heart and work your way around.
I’m using 3 pieces of thread.

13. Stop about 3/4 of the way around the heart and find something to stuff the heart with batting, grocery bags, etc. Just about anything will work.
I like the crunchy sound the grocery bag makes. 😉

14. Gently stuff the heart. If you’re too rough it may tear. Use a pair of scissors to help push the stuffing into the corners.

15. Finish stitching and tie the two ends together in the back of the heart.

Stuffed Paper Hearts
Continue on with all of the hearts!

trash container for Stuffed Paper Hearts
By the way, remember that piece of the bag we cut off in step 3?

It makes for an excellent trash receptacle!

all of the Stuffed Paper Hearts
Now the hard part is deciding what to do with them.

Put them in a hurricane? Scatter them on the dining room table?

Put them in a wire basket?

I went with turning them into some Valentine’s garland!

And, to keep up with my winter decor, I paired them with some snowflakes.

Stuffed Paper Hearts garland
I strung up some lace (if you follow me on Facebook you know I just came in to a LOT of lace) and grabbed some mini clothespins and went to work hanging the stuffed paper hearts and snowflakes.

In the photo directly above you can see another variation I made of the stuffed paper hearts.

I love the addition of the lace!

Basically follow the same directions as above, but stitch the lace as you go between the two pieces of paper bag.

These stuffed paper hearts would also make for some adorable Valentine gifts if stuffed with small pieces of candy!

Though I’m not sure I could allow anyone to actually take it apart…

 

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cindy

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

A blanket stitch around the outside would be very cute.

gail

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Michele

Those stuffed paper valentine hearts are adorable! so sweet!

I never decorate for vt's day. ;)

suebow

Friday 18th of April 2014

Love your hearts . I did something similar with a bird template and think your hearts and my birds will make aa fab garland

Krek wak wou

Thursday 16th of February 2012

What a great idea! Love it! I am gonna try to make my own! Thanks for the inspiration!Greetings from Holland, Nicole

Annet

Wednesday 15th of February 2012

Cute and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.I will visit your blog again.Regards, Annet

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