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!
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:
Felt (As much as you would like in whatever colors make you happy)
Pinking Shears (optional)
Create an envelope template.
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.
Trace and cut out your envelope.
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.
Fold fabric to make envelope shape (so you will know where to place the heart on the back).
Place optional heart cut out of felt on back, you can skip this step but I think it makes it awful cute.
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.
Refold felt into an envelope shape and stitch that bad boy up.
Start by putting your knot on the very bottom of the envelope. This way your knot will be hidden (once you trim the tail).
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.
Fold down tip and get an idea of where you need to sew your button.
Sew that button on!
Cut button hole after you have sewed your button on.
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.
Admire your handiwork.
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.
The boycott on pants continues!