Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines for Sweet Women

 I'm normally not very good at corresponding by snail mail, and even sending Christmas cards has fallen by the wayside the past few years, though I still love receiving them.  It's rare for me to hand-write a letter, especially since I work on the computer so much and type pretty fast.

But, I have always loved Valentine's Day and have fond memories of decorated valentine boxes stuffed with hand-made cards, back in 1st to about 4th grades at Smith School.  I wanted to make something this year from alpaca felt, and combine it with hearts and sewing and to give them to some of the women in my life that mean a lot to me.


I gathered some of the materials I love- red burlap, cute fabrics, and scrapbook paper, and even some paper Trader Joe's bags, without any idea of how I wanted to assemble everything.  First, I made the pins from hand-dyed alpaca felt, cutting heart shapes with pinking shears (I LOVE pinking shears, don't you?) and then sewing on hearts of coordinating fabric with zig-zag stitch.
 
I wrote a kinda corny/sappy but heartfelt poem, and printed it on scrapbook paper, trimmed it out with the pinking shears, and sewed it to the backside, signing each one in red ink.
 I found lots of online tutorials on how to make envelopes, here's one, and used a poster-board template to cut the envelopes from the Trader Joe's bags, leaving the printed side out.  I made label tags from the brown paper as well, and glued them to the outside with mod podge.  Homemade envelopes will definitely be on my agenda from now on, as they were fun and easy to make and added a unique touch.
Feel free to use any of my ideas, and Happy Valentines to All!
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4 comments:

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are so cute! I love.

Sue Steiner said...

adorable!!

Loco Lindy said...

Thanks! Love both your sites, by the way, and am infatuated with Mod Podge!

Dianne MacDonald said...

I love the heart pin! Such a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. The feelings are mutual! I so admire you for the way you live your life and all you accomplish. You are an inspiration.