Review & Giveaway: Heart-Felt Holidays

The winner of this giveaway is commenter #85, Claire, who said: “I love making things all the time and I can always do with new ideas. There isn’t a day go by with out me making something. To own this book would be great, I love the parrot, do hope I can win, thanks for this chance.” 

Congratulations, Claire!!


Newly released Heart-Felt Holidays takes you through a year of felt crafting with 40 projects to make celebrate the holidays and changing seasons.  The book is brought to you by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio, authors of Fa La La La Felt.

Within the book are the templates and full instructions you need to make a wide range of projects, from felt mustaches to birthday crowns, Valentine brooches to Autumn table runners.  And then there are felt wine bags (no-sew), an adorable groundhog phone case, a felt slice of pumpkin pie, and a mistletoe kissing ball, and more.

Most of the projects fall into the “very easy” category, using basic hand stitching or machine sewing techniques.  They’re all relatively quick to make, which seems appropriate given how busy our holiday preparations can be.  Make them for yourself, or give them as small holiday gifties to friends and family.

Honestly, I thought all of the projects were super cute.  But if I had to pull out some of my favorites, they’d be:

Bunny Pal

This little felt  bunny sits on a table (or mantel, or bookcase) with his arms wrapped around a colorful felt egg. His fluffy tail is a large yarn pom pom.  His picture appears on the cover of the book, and gives me a silent “awww….” moment every time I see it.

April Showers

What is more perfect on a gray, rainy day than a bright, happy umbrella?  Simple shapes framed in embroidery hoops make an eye-catching and cheerful wall display.

Seeing Shadows Phone Case

I already mentioned this project in the paragraphs above, but it really needs a photo to show how incredible cute it is.  Look at his little ears!  And that sweet little groundhog face!

Yo Ho Ho Pirate Parrot and Eyepatch

Wear a felt eyepatch and pin an oversize felt parrot to your shoulder, and you’ve got an awesome pirate costume.  Wear it on Halloween, or on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Bat Costume

Another cute costume made from felt!  This one is a felt bat mask and a set of felt wings stitched to a long-sleeved shirt.  According to my daughter (8 years old), it could also be easily adapted to make her a flying squirrel costume.




I’ve got a copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader.  To get yourself entered into the giveaway, just leave me a comment here telling me your favorite holiday for crafting.  I’ll choose one comment at random as the winner.  Giveaway closes at midnight CST on Monday, April 23, 2012.

Good luck!


  1. MelodyJ says

    I love to paint glass ornaments for Christmas. Also, I like to bake for most holidays.


  2. Genevieve says

    My mom started her own holiday for the first day of Spring. We called it Everybody Birthday Day. On this day she would decorate the house with decorations weade just as if it was one of our birthdays. Since we were not only celebrating the people in our family, we were also celebrating the plants and creatures outside, the decorations were mismatched but beautiful in our eyes. We would also make gifts for each other, dog treats for our dog, bird treats to hang on the trees , add bows to bushes, etc. I still celebrate Everybody Birthday Day with my own children.

  3. says

    I love Valentines day for crafting – great way to be thoughtful and give gifts really from the heart with all the care and consideration that comes from making something.

  4. angie chappell says

    i love christmas but also love when Im doing a project and im finish it and out of the boo can hand them the quilt and make their day and mine

  5. Niki Roka says

    My favourite holiday for crafting is Christmas. Last two years I’m sewing tree ornaments for decoration, and I love them. Once it’ll worth a lot for my grandchildren hopefully 😉 Also I love making sweet things for my little son who is 7 months old. He loves the handmade crafts I make :)

  6. sue says

    I love crafting all year round, but if I have to choose one, it’s Christmas. I love making ornaments for my friends.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. Siaron says

    Every season/ holiday is different. I love Christmas crafting for inside the house and for making gifts but also love Easter/spring crafting for making things for outdoor living and getting ready for the summer when the children have more time to do their own craft projects.

  8. Terri Aden says

    My favorite holiday to get crafty with is Halloween1 I love making costumes for my grandson, and making quirky things to decorate with.

  9. Linda Kennedy says

    I love making the (big) kids and the grand-kids halloween costumes. The more over-the-top, the more fun.

  10. Salome says

    Just made fabulous Easter eggs with my sister! and sew a beautiful basket to go with it!! LOVE EASTER and egg decoration!

  11. Judith R. says

    I love making Halloween costumes for children. I once even made a one-size-fits-all bunches-of-grapes costume (one bunch of grapes for the front and one bunch for the back) with felt green-leaves necklaces and bracelets.

  12. Victoria says

    Christmas. Christmas 2011 I decided to have a DIY tree and we made all the ornaments. I got my 3 year old involved with coloring pictures and I would cut them out in the shape of a christmas theme (snowman, gingerbread man, star, etc.).I plan to do that for christmas 2012 too.

  13. Chris says

    I love crafting for birthdays. I get to do so many things for both genders and different interests. Whenever someone’s interests change, I get to learn about a new subject matter while finding ideas for crafts.

  14. Karen B. says

    I like Halloween because I like finding ideas that make Halloween fun but not too scary —-it is for the kids in all of us, after all :)

  15. Theresa says

    Christmas,is my favorite also! I give an oranament a year to all our family & friends & always have some on hand for when some one “new” stops by! So we love Christmas espically withe making gifts withe the children,Thanx for the Giveaway! :)

  16. Leah says

    I love any holiday for an excuse for crafting, but I probably do the most at Christmas time. I already have “Fa La La La Felt” so I’m SURE I would love this new book!

  17. Vickee DeLadurantey says

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite Holiday to make decorations, edibles, and costumes. I also love crafting for my granddaughter. Felt food, felt buddies and anything I think she would like to play with.

  18. says

    Although I love bunnies, the only holiday I craft for is Christmas. Valentines and Halloween aren’t such a big deal over here, we dont’ have 4th July or Thanksgiving, obviously! I don’t celebrate easter as I’m not religious, so that just leaves Christmas!

  19. Claire says

    I’m not just following the crowd but, it’s Christmas. I like to make lots of stocking fillers, and they are not just for my Grandchildren!!

  20. Diane says

    I don’t need a reason for crafting – it’s just something I have to do! But, I do get the most inspiration when it comes to Christmas. Easter is a close second – so many cute things!

  21. says

    My favourite holiday for crafting is Valentine’s Day. Great opportunity to show how much you love someone and I love heart shapes and flowers and the colour red. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Candy says

    I love to craft for Christmas. It enjoy making handmade ornaments (sometimes out of felt) for the tree. Would love winning this lovely book!

  23. Ellen says

    I don’t get to craft much these days but I do make the time for birthdays – I love crafting special cards for my family and friends and personal gifts to go with the cards.

  24. Pepper says

    Picnics! BBQ! Longer evenings outside by the poolwith family and friends. Happy, bright, and fun!!

  25. Brenda J. Moore says

    I’ve always had a soft spot for that most colourful of STAT holidays…Halloween. Love seeing small kids waddle around in bulky costumes trying to say the words “Trick or Treat” and coming up with “Twick or tweet.”

  26. Claire says

    I love making things all the time and I can always do with new ideas. There isn’t a day go by with out me making something. To own this book would be great, I love the parrot, do hope I can win, thanks for this chance.

  27. Kathy H says

    My absolute favorite holiday for crafting is Christmas. I especially love to do ornaments as sweet little gifts for my co-workers and neighbors. They usually work up quickly so you feel like you’ve really accomplished something quickly. I always make something handmade for everyone on my gift list. I feel like I’m giving them a little piece of my heart! Be especially blessed, Kathy

  28. Muireann says

    Although Halloween is my favorite holiday, I love making ornaments and decorations for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. H.alda says

    Valentines day is definitely the holiday I enjoy crafting for. Hearts, glitter and construction paper all the way!

  30. Debbie says

    I love crafting for all holidays but my favorite would be Fall – encompassing Halloween and Thanksgiving.


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