1.18.2011

Felt Valentine's Day Envelope Tutorial

I have been in the mood for Valentine's Day the last few days. I know it is kind of a corny holiday but I love it.   Also, Jason is out of town and I have some free time on my hands.  I wanted to come up with some sweet little handmade somethings to use for giving out little Valentine treats. After a little brainstorming I came up with these!

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I am sure I'm not the first person to do something like this. But, I couldn't find anything online like it so I thought I would share a little tutorial with you. They are so easy and so cute I want everyone to make some. Will you please? Okay, here go the directions:

Supplies:
Felt (As much as you would like in whatever colors make you happy)
Needle
Embroidery Thread
Scissors
Pinking Shears (optional)

Step One:
Create an envelope template.

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I just drew a rectangle (using a ruler, you don't want crooked lines) on some scrap sketch paper.  Then I cut the top corners to make a triangle for my envelop flap. You can make it whatever size you would like.   I think mine is about 9 1/2 inches from the tip to the bottom and 4 1/2 inches wide.  I am planning on putting a couple little chocolates inside mine, so I made it pretty small.

Step Two:
Trace and cut out your envelope.

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I like to do all my cutting at once, so I went ahead and cut out several.  I used pinking shears (that I got for Christmas!) on the sides but if you don't have any the project will be fine with out them.

Step Four:
Fold fabric to make envelope shape (so you will know where to place the heart on the back).

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Step Five:
Place optional heart cut out of felt on back, you can skip this step but I think it makes it awful cute.

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Isn't this what your work space looks like in the middle of a project?  Nice and messy!

I just drew a simple heart shape by hand.  You can use a stencil or trace clip art if you don't want to free hand it. Make sure to hid your starting and ending knots.  I hid mime between the layers.  The picture below is a little blurry but I think you can see my thread.  This is right before I tied it and cut it.

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Step Six:
Refold felt into an envelope shape and stitch that bad boy up.

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Start by putting your knot on the very bottom of the envelope.  This way your knot will be hidden (once you trim the tail).

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Stitch the entire outer edge.  Make sure not to pull to tight.  This way you'll have a place to hid your ending knot (just like your starting knot).  Yes, apparently I am obsessed with hiding knots.

Step Seven:
Fold down tip and get an idea of where you need to sew your button.

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Sew that button on!

Step Seven:
Cut button hole after you have sewed your button on.

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I know it doesn't look like it in the picture, but I already sewed my button on.   This isn't an exact project. I few of my buttons moved while I was sewing them on.  This is why you want cut after you sew.

Step Eight:
Admire your handiwork.

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They aren't perfect but I think they will be a nice little addition to a Valentine's treat.  If you have any questions let me know.  I really hope you make some (and tell me about them). These puppies are pretty quick and easy.  I did five in a snap.  Happy early Valentine's Day!

PS.  If you were wondering, here is my reason for all the blurry pictures.

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The boycott on pants continues!

3 comments:

  1. What a lovely tutorial! Thanks for sharing

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  2. Thank you for the tutorial! This is a perfectly quick craft to do for my daughter's class. And I know all about pant boycotts.....

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  3. LOVE it - So doing this for my little boys' "special girlfriend" ;)

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