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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Janet S. says

    Christmas is my favourite, followed closely by Halloween and Easter. Thanks for the chance to win.


  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Pepper says

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

  7. Emily C says

    My favorite is always christmas. I always make my gifts so i prepare months in advance.

  8. says

    I love making spring time crafts, so Easter is my favorite. I always make cute stuffed animals for baskets and this years we made paper mache eggs. Way too much fun.

  9. Deb Heffner says

    My favorite holiday for crafting is Christmas…..I make lots of handmade gifts.

  10. Wendy Hatton says

    Any school holiday for me. Then my grand children are about and love dipping into my craft supplies.

  11. 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.”

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Muireann says

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

  15. H.alda says

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

  16. Paula Wirfel says

    It’s hard to choose, but I’d say Christmas is my favorite, but Halloween runs a close second!

  17. Debbie says

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


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