Step 1: Materials
For the lettering, I used heavy duty fusible backing, and cut the letters out, turning them into iron-on patches.
Craft felt in pastel colors
Heavy-duty Heat n' Bond Thermoweb
Pinking shears (these are my industrial bad boys, but you can definitely find them cheaper)
Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
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Step 2: Trace and Cut
WIth the fabric doubled, cut out the heart with pinking shears.
Step 3: Fuse Letters
Again, using fabric that doesn't fray, cut a sheet of thermoweb the same size as your fabric (I used an 8"x10" sheet).
Using an iron, fuse the thermoweb to the fabric.
It is probably best to remove the backing before cutting out the letters, but I did not do that. Instead I cut them out first, and peeled the backing off later. If you like tiny detail peeling type work like that, you'll love this. I, however, do not.
Cut out your letters!
Once your letters are ready and your hearts are cut, space them on the front of the hearts and cover with paper or cotton fabric.
The heat required by the iron to fuse the letters will melt craft felt and seriously gunk up your iron!!!
Fuse the letters to the hearts really well or they will be the first things to be ripped apart by eager kittens.
** if you don't want to go to the trouble of cutting and fusing letters, try rachaelwhitaker's technique and embroider them!
Step 4: Sew the Hearts
If you don't have a sewing machine, or are not comfortable using one, you can definitely sew this all by hand using the backstitch demonstrated here by the lovely and talented jessyratfink!
Step 5: The Good Stuff
I experimented with stuffing with some polyfill first, then adding the nip, and finishing with stuffing, but there was an obvious change in color where the nip was, so I think mashing it all together before shoving it in is really the best - and messiest - technique here. And how do I know I've done something well if there isn't a huge mess afterwards?