Felt Heart Decorations from South Africa

Heartfelt- heart decorationsSimple, elegant, bright and cheerful these heart decorations are exactly what I’d make myself for a friend’s Christmas present. Hand-made by the ladies of the Heartfelt project, they are full of love, just as if you’d made them yourself  – giving the extra the joy of a hand-made gift.

To tell the truth, I’m a little nose out of joint here, as Heartfelt was the name I’d picked in the unlikely event that I actually got around to creating a business out of my own felt sewing projects. I never did and they have, so I wish them very well with their initiative and am glad that they have so many lovely products to be worthy of such a brilliant name!

Heartfelt are a community initiative in South Africa, creating employment in a poor rural area and bringing new skills to the community. They create all sorts of felt products besides these (think magnets, keyrings, toys and mobiles) so go and browse for inspiration if you are looking for a special and individual gift. The website has a proper shopping cart and converts prices into several international currencies, so makes online shopping very easy – a welcome change from so many small sites and a sign of an efficient business!

These felt heart decorations cost R29 (about $3.50)

Soft Merino Felt Heart Ornaments

red and purple felt heartsI love the depth of colour in these gorgeous felt heart ornaments: purple, pink and red make for a richness that almost glows from teh picture..

Hand felted from soft merino wool and decorated with red silk fibres, these felt heart ornaments make wonderful gifts for anyone you love. I can see them as Christmas tree ornaments or decorations for a child’s room, as favors for a Valentine’s Day party or as a little gift for a treasured daughter on Valentine’s Day.

They measure 2 inches across and come as a set of two which costs 7.50 euros or approx $10 from Namenia Felt on Etsy. Bear in mind they have to be shipped from the Netherlands, so order early to get them in time.

Pretty Personalised Appliqué Heart

personalized-heartSo much work and love has gone into the making of this heart that it is perfect for a loving gift, whether to sweetheart, mother, friend or grandmother.

Choose the name or word that you want to have embroidered on the calico heart for a really special gift. Felt hearts, buttons and beads decorate the heart and you can also request your color preference.

This heart is really affordable for the amount of hand-work that has been lavished on it!

Costs $10 from Inkidesigns at Etsy

Pretty Hand Felted Heart

felt-heartA gorgeous soft love token, this felt heart would make a lovely Valentines’ Day gift for your beloved.

It is made from hand-felted merino sheep’s wool and silk fibers, then embroidered with a delicate design. It also has a little angel charm on the back. Stuffed with a fiber filling and dried lavender it smells good too.

It would also make a lovely romantic Christmas stocking stuffer to be hung on the tree ever afterwards!

Available from Purple Platypus on Etsy and costs $15.

Love Heart Banner

love-heart-banner
If you want to say ‘I Love You” in a way that can’t be mistaken, how about hanging up this banner of bright felt hearts for your loved one to find. Hand-made from felt , hand embroidered and decorated with sequins and ribbon they are so gorgeous and cheerful and a labour of love in the making.

Made to order from Etsy so allow 14 days for the making and delivery. They cost GBP 17.50 and are dispatched from the UK.

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