Advent Calendar Project – Week 21

(Every week until December 1st we will be making a small Christmas ornament that can be used in our Pocket Advent Calendar. Join us in making all 24 or just pick and choose your favorites.)

This week’s ornament is a little rustic and a little Scandinavian.
Advent Calendar Project - Week 21
It’s very easy to make, but burlap can be a little tricky to work with since it frays so easily. Make sure to treat it gently  and sew your seam twice then you’ll be fine.

Burlap and Button Heart

Advent Calendar Project - Week 21

  • red felt
  • natural burlap
  • red thread
  • stuffing (I used polyfil)
  • butcher’s twine (mine is from Ikea)
  • red buttons


  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • glue (I used tacky glue)

1. Cut a heart out of the red felt. Use that heart as a template to cut one from the burlap as well.
Advent Calendar Project - Week 21
2. Sew the felt and burlap hearts together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do one side of the heart first and stitch over the same line twice (burlap really needs the second stitching to hold it in place). Do the other side of the heart, but leave about 1″ unsewn for stuffing.
Advent Calendar Project - Week 21
3. Very gently,. fill the heart with stuffing through that open hole. A chopstick, knitting needle or pencil is helpful here. Don’t over stuff the heart. Sew the stuffing hole shut. Make sure to sew it twice.

4. Glue a loop of the butchers twine to the top of the heart for hanging (you could also have sewn it in while you were sewing the heart together). Glue a button on top of the ends of the twine.
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Add more buttons as desired.
Advent Calendar Project - Week 21

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13 Comments to Advent Calendar Project – Week 21
    • Ros
    • I just made some burlap hearts last week! The felt on the back is a good idea – I used burlap on both sides and they are a bit fragile. Mine were inspired by an IKEA wreath that had red and white yarn wrapped round it with the little hearts hanging inside.

    • Alverdine
    • That’s adorable! I just wandered in through a link on another craft blog, and this tute couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m feeling pretty blue about spending this Christmas on my own, a long way from family… but I’ve got plenty of stuff in my stash to make dear little things like this and brighten the place up. 🙂 🙂

    • Name Irene
    • These are very nice ornaments, kind of rustic, can make them decorated with evergreen
      sprigs and berries. There are many designs to make with burlap, mittens, stockings, stars, etc., and there is a burlap with a laminated backing which
      makes it easier, just sew and stuff, it doesn’t unravel and leaves a nice edge.
      Thanks for your tutorial, I will try this, all the best.

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