Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentines for Sweet Women
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.
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.
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