in this blog post you can find easy instructions for making your own scandinavian woven hearts from leather remnants – perfect for Christmas and other festive events!
Hiding behind the 19th window is a Julehjerte (Danish), Julhjärta (Swedish), or Juletrekurv (Norwegian). This is what we call a Christmas heart and it is a beloved Scandinavian Christmas tree decoration. Just imagine, the oldest preserved hearts still around today were woven by famed author Hans Christian Anderson in the 1860s.
Traditionally, these Scandinavian hearts were simply made from two pieces of glossy paper (as in these instructions from Wiebke, offered in German language). This creates a small basket in which little sweets or small things for the Christmas tree can be placed.
Make Your Own Scandinavian Woven Hearts – DIY Instructions
In my entry, I will show you how to make precious Scandinavian woven hearts out of durable leather remnants. These hearts can be used, for example, as practical key chains or cute decorations for gifts of money. And to go with this, you will also get my sewing pattern as a free download for your own creative ideas.
- Free pattern from “Selbermachen macht glücklich”: (download HERE)
- Leather remnants approx. 19 x 5 cm in size and in 2 colors
- Optional: BERNINA non-stick presser foot # 52
Print out the PDF pattern in its original size and use either the complete pattern (above) or the half pattern (middle right) if you are cutting out the material along the break.
Cut the pattern twice out of the desired material. Use different colors so that the contrast will be beautifully emphasized when woven. A seam allowance is not included and is not needed with leather remnants.
How to weave the Scandinavian heart:
The weaving is shown step-by-step in the following images. I find that this kind of work is easiest to understand using images, since it is hard to explain in complex words. Once you do it yourself, you will see that it is very easy.
Stitching the upper opening:
Afterwards, the upper opening is stitched up close to the edge. When doing this step, you can use the Zigzag foot #52 with non-stick sole if you wish; it is particularly well-suited for working with leather because of its gliding sole.
And there you have it! The Scandinavian heart made from leather remnants is complete. In addition to the possibilities of using this heart as a key chain and monetary gift decoration, you can also turn the robust leather hearts into a beautiful outdoor Christmas garland. The creative possibilities are endless!
I hope you have fun making these hearts and I wish you a wonderful Christmas season!
Lots of love,