Get the love flowing this month with an easy Valentine’s craft. With just a paper plate, a hole punch and yarn, you are on your way to a beautiful and lovely hand-sewn heart. Plus it teaches the basics of sewing and is great for all skill levels.
- Paper plate
- Hole punch
- Grab a paper plate and decide what size heart will fit on the interior portion of the plate. Fold a piece of paper in half, draw a half-heart and cut it out. Then unfold the complete heart and trace around it on the backside of the paper plate. Carefully cut out the interior of the heart on the plate.
- With a hole punch, punch holes along the exterior of the heart shape. Make sure to leave enough space from the edge of the heart for complete holes.
- Tape one end of a long piece of yarn to the back of the plate or you can tie it around a hole to start. Sew the yarn back and forth through the holes. There really is no wrong way to do it, but it works well if you go from side to side or top to bottom.
- When all the holes have been sewn through, tape the end of the yarn to the back of the plate.
- You can either use the sewn heart plate as an actual valentine and write a love message on it or punch another hole in the top and hang the plates together as a heart banner.
This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.