It seems we have a winner!
This project is being pinned, and repinned, and repinned. Rather than send you through the archives (but feel free, there are some good posts every now and then) I thought I'd make things easier and bring this back from the ghosts of Valentine's Day past.
This project is the trifecta of kid crafts.
Gather supplies and trace a heart in the center of your fabric. I used a heavy-ish twill so as to not show any mistakes. You could freehand it for a whimsical look, use a template, or do the fold-cut technique from grade school. Use a disappearing fabric pen, or light pencil marks.
The process is pretty straightforward. Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. For younger artists pull thread all the way through the needle and tie ends together. This prevents their needle from coming unthreaded. Also, a darning needle is sharp enough to pierce fabric, but not too sharp for small hands.
Pull needle up from back anywhere on outline of heart. Pull thread tight and push needle down across heart on outline.
Here's the trick. Working from the front: bring needle back up on outline close to where you brought needle down. In this way you will not waste gallons of thread on the back of your design. Hope that made sense!
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Cover back with felt if desired.
These examples were made by my twin six year olds, and their 8 year old friend in about 45 completely interrupted minutes.
----If you made it this far, I'll let you in on a secret. There is an AMAZING giveaway coming up in the next couple of days. (OK tomorrow, if I can get my act together).