What are Safety Hearts?
A red safety heart is made of plastic and it comes with a washer so that you can securely attach it to your toy. The hearts have a stem (also called a rod or shank) at the back. They’re secured onto a toy by pushing a metal or plastic washer over the stem. Once the washer is attached, it can’t be removed again, hence safety heart. These hearts are more secure to use than buttons if you knit, crochet, or sew soft toys for children.
Which Types of Crafts can use Safety Hearts?
Safety hearts are very popular with crafters who knit and crochet toys. You can also use them for plush toys or even insert them in a clay sculpture or mixed-media artwork. Some people also use safety hearts instead of a nose on their toys to add an extra touch of cuteness.
How Do You Attach a Plastic Safety Heart?
- Mark the spot where you want to attach the red safety heart by making a small spot with a felt tip pen.
- Use an awl, knitting needle, or chopstick to wriggle a hole in the fabric so that the stem of the heart can fit through.
- On the inside of your toy, push the washer over the stem. The raised side of the washer faces out. Press the washer down firmly until it rests against the back of the heart. Sometimes this needs a bit of force; I like to place a thread spool over the washer so that the stem of the heart goes into the hole in the center of the spool, then give the thread spool a firm whack with my fist 😉