Share your love with this Valentines Heart Sweater DIY, using safety pins for the heart will keep it from being too sweet.

Valentine Heart Sweater DIY Feature


Supplies to make your Valentines Heart Sweater DIY:

  • 1 Sweater
  • Lots of safety pins
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY Supplies
step 1
Layout your sweater on a flat surface.

TIP: Take a sheet of paper and slide it inside your sweater. This will make pinning your safety pins much easier and faster.

Using your tape measure, measure down from the center front of your neckline.

I measured 3 inches down. This will be the highest point on your design.

Take your safety pins and pin out from your center point to mark the top of each side of your heart.Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY Measuring

step 2
With the tops of each side of your heart pinned you can take more safety pins and lay them out in the shape of a heart to decide how big and what shape to make your heart.Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY Layout

step 3
When you have the size and shape of your heart laid out, use the rest of your safety pins to fill in your heart.Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY Animated Gif

step 4
Once your heart is filled in with safety pins, you are ready to do some embroidery.

My sweater had 2 small holes in it on the side and thats where I decided to put my embroidery. It just sort of worked out.

Use your pencil to lightly draw the lines for where you want to make your letters.

I marked an X and O.Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY Marking Guides

step 5
Take your embroidery thread and your needle, be sure to tie a knot in the end of your thread and start sewing your letters.

TIP: To keep your embroidery thread from pulling loose, on your first stitch before you pull your thread tight, on the back of your sweater run your needle through your thread just above the knot. This loops your thread so it wont pull out.

I sewed two lines for my letters of simple stitches. You can get as fancy as you want with your stitches. I wanted mine to have a simple look to it.Safety Pin Heart Sweater DIY SewingValentine Heart Sweater DIY Close Up

By mixing up your colors and using safety pins for the heart, this Valentine Heart Sweater DIY doesnt have to scream Valentines Day and you can wear it all year round (weather permitting).

I used an old favorite sweater that had developed some small holes, so this DIY kind of came out of necessity, I couldnt bear to get rid of it.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think and how yours turns out.


  1. Do you think I could do this using a tshirt? Living in Southern California a sweater isn’t very practical unfortunately…

    • Hi Morgan,
      Yes, you could absolutely do this on a t shirt. Just make sure it’s not a tissue tee or very light weight, otherwise the safety pins will weigh it down too much.

      • Thanks Cathy! It is a super cute idea. I found you through Pinterest and I’m so glad and excited to read all your blog posts!

        • If you did have a really thin tee shirt you could iron some fabric stabilizer to the inside. It is very cheap and easy to use. It would keep the safety pins from ripping the fabric if you happen to get one of them caught on something.. Little hearts would be fabulous for one of those tee shirts that get those stains that you can’t get out. You know what I mean?
          It would be a good idea to turn the shirt inside out when you wash it also.

          • That hadn’t occurred to me – can you wash the shirt with the pins?

          • Hi Morgan,
            I would hand wash it, just to make sure the pins don’t get caught on anything or get pulled and tear the fabric.

  2. Great idea using safety pins. I just bought some and I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Hi Cathy!
    I’ve featured your Sweater Refashion on a Roundup on my blog SergerPepper!
    Easy but stunning, as we like!
    Hugs from Italy,
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

  4. This is so easy and amazing DIY! Great idea! Nice blog.


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