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Nordic Holiday Hearts

Nothing says Nordic décor more than handmade holiday hearts. The simplicity of a hand-sewn heart is a timeless holiday tradition, made all the more Nordic by adding simple red, white, and beige fabrics to capture this popular design.

Rather than buying fabric by the yard, I opted for a pre-cut batch of quilter fabric - not only does it keeps the cost low, but it also ensures that you have a themed fabric design that will make decorating simple. Instead of pulling out my sewing machine, I stitched these hearts by hand, each one taking less than 15 minutes to sew, stuff, and seal.

If sewing is not your strength, you can always swap out the needle and thread for fabric glue to achieve the same look. When deciding on a fabric theme, look for class fabric colors like, berry red, forest green, gray, white, black and beige, and then for geometric patterns similar to a holiday sweater.


  • 2 Sheets of 4 inch X 4 inch fabric for each heart
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Heart shaped paper cut out to trace the heart onto the fabric
  • Stuffing
  • Ribbon
  • Jingle Bells
  • Fabric safe pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric pins (optional)

Step 1: Draw a heart onto a sheet of paper that fits inside your 4x4 inch fabric square; Use that to trace the shape of the heart onto the inside of the fabric using a fabric safe pen.

Step 2: Place your fabric squares together so that the outside of the fabric (with the heart shape drawn on it) faces the outside, and the fabric you want shown on your heart faces the inside. If you wish to pin the fabric together, place the fabric pins on the inside of the heart to secure the fabric in place.

Step 3: Thread your needle and start at the bottom of right side of the heart, sewing along the pen mark until you get mid point along the other side of the heart; leaving a small gap at the bottom left side of the heart.



Step 4: Use your fingers to turn the heart right side out and then stuff the heart by inserting the stuffing in the open gap you crated.



Step 5: Once stuffed, pin the gap closed, and seal the heart shut by sewing the remaining space with your needle and thread.

Step 6: Decorate the heart by looping the ribbon at the top of the heart, securing the loop with a drop of hot glue. And then, complete by using your hot glue gun to secure the jingle bells in place.

Note: Other decorative elements can include natural jute rope, fir tree foliage, cinnamon sticks, painted pressed wood and pinecones.

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