This cute DIY heart cut-out shirt is a perfect beginner sewing project and so festive for our favorite February holiday!

It’s time for a fun beginner DIY heart cut out shirt!

At the end of last year, in a reader survey, I asked you guys if you wanted to see more DIY projects here on MERRICKSART.com and there was a resounding “yes.” So I’m excited to share a really cute and easy idea for DIY Valentine’s Day shirts for you, your daughters, or friends!

This would be a really fun DIY sewing project to do for a girls’ night with friends since it requires very little sewing.

Make this DIY Valentine’s Day shirt your own with these modification ideas

I also love that you can make this with a tee, a sweatshirt (like I did here), or even add it to a dress. And you can use whatever colors and heart sizes you’d like.

It’s completely customizable!

Materials needed for this project

  • Plain top or dress (I used THIS SWEATSHIRT)
  • 2 sheets of felt (any color – you can do one color or several!)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

Directions to make this top:

  1. Cut out felt hearts. They should be about 2 1/2″ tall and 3″ wide. Use a cookie cutter or paper pattern to keep them all the same size.
  2. Try on the shirt and position the hearts as desired. Carefully pin in place while the shirt is still on. Tip: pin one vertical row in place, then sew. Then pin the next vertical row in place, then sew. Repeat.
  3. With the hearts pinned securely in place, sew down the middle of each vertical row of hearts, attaching them all to the shirt. Repeat for the second and third vertical rows.
  4. Once all three rows are sew in place, carefully sew around the border of each heart, stitching it in place. Make sure the T-shirt lays flat and smooth when sewing the hearts. Repeat until all the hearts are completely attached. Turn inside out and press flat.

Note: hand wash only

It’s such a simple project and so fun to make for you, your kids, or your friends. Try it!

photos by Aubrey Stock

Easy DIY Heart Cut Out Shirt (Beginner Sewing)

This is a cute heart shirt you can make for Valentine’s Day!

ombre heart sweatshirt

This cute DIY heart cut-out shirt is a perfect beginner sewing project and so festive for our favorite February holiday!

 

outfit details:

distressed jeans (on sale!) – wearing my normal size
pink sweatshirt
spotted sneakers
pearl earrings

 

It’s time for a fun beginner DIY heart cut out shirt!

At the end of last year, in a reader survey, I asked you guys if you wanted to see more DIY projects here on MERRICKSART.com and there was a resounding “yes.” So I’m excited to share a really cute and easy idea for DIY Valentine’s Day shirts for you, your daughters, or friends!

This would be a really fun DIY sewing project to do for a girls’ night with friends since it requires very little sewing.

 

Make this DIY Valentine’s Day shirt your own with these modification ideas

I also love that you can make this with a tee, a sweatshirt (like I did), or even add it to a dress. And you can use whatever colors and heart sizes you’d like.

It’s completely customizable!

ombre pink sweatshirt for Valentine's Day
pink sweatshirt with hearts and blue levi's jeans

Materials needed for this project

 

  • Plain top or dress (I used THIS SWEATSHIRT)
  • 2 sheets of felt (any color – you can do one color or several!)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

 

illustration of heart shirt for valentine's day

Directions to make this top:

1. Cut out felt hearts.

They should be about 2 1/2″ tall and 3″ wide. Use a cookie cutter or paper pattern to keep them all the same size.

2. Try on the shirt and position the hearts as desired.

Carefully pin in place while the shirt is still on. Tip: pin one vertical row in place, then sew. Then pin the next vertical row in place, then sew. Repeat.

3. Tack the hearts down first.

With the hearts pinned securely in place, sew down the middle of each vertical row of hearts, attaching them all to the shirt. Repeat for the second and third vertical rows.

4. Attach each heart individually

Once all three rows are sew in place, carefully sew around the border of each heart, stitching it in place. Make sure the T-shirt lays flat and smooth when sewing the hearts. Repeat until all the hearts are completely attached. Turn inside out and press flat.

Note: hand wash only

 

It’s such a simple project and so fun to make for you, your kids, or your friends. Try it!

 

photos by Aubrey Stock

pink sweatshirt with hearts, blue levi's 721 jeans

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24 Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this outfit and D.I.Y! Super cute!
    http://www.geekyjessy.blogspot.com

  2. Heidi D. says:

    So cute! What a great DIY, thanks for sharing!

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

  3. Celeste says:

    LOVE the DIY. So simple, so cute!

    Celeste
    http://wineandalines.blogspot.com/

  4. Natali says:

    Fantastic clutch and jacket! Your top is so cute and I like the way you’ve styled the rest of this outfit around it. 🙂

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  5. Naomi Weima says:

    Really cute DIY! Question though – if you’re using felt, how will this wash? Doesn’t felt usually shrink? Thanks!

    makeitupstylediy.blogspot.com

  6. Danielle says:

    Love this!!! I’m totally going to do this diy for me & little one. Where do you get your plain t-shirts for projects like this??

  7. I love how versatile this shirt is. You can wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo
    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

  8. Kristina says:

    Your tee is so freaking adorable!!

    Kristina does the Internets

  9. April says:

    Can’t I just buy yours? 🙂 Super cute tee, but I’m so DIYed out. I just want to buy the thing.

  10. such a beautiful shirt and the blog posting timings are perfect. Thanks for the diy guide.

  11. Blyane says:

    love this and totally making it! QueStion…what size SWEATSHIRT did you buy? Xs?

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  13. Paige Stanley says:

    This is so so cute! Someone else in the comments had my same question about washing the felt and I saw your reply. But could you use cotton material hearts instead of felt? But how would you sew them without the edges getting all frayed?

  14. Devon says:

    Did you use a stretch thread? When you put it on did you have issues with the thread breaking when the sweatshirt was stretched? Would you recommend heat and bond and a zigzag stitch?

  15. Jess says:

    Merrick, what size sweater did you order? I bought a small and it is super long.

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