Valentines Day is on the way

Its February, so here is a cute little project for Valentines Day. It is quick to make and involves something sweet to eat. Whats not to like?

Don’t panic, it is just a bit bigger than the sweet! This photo looks enormous.

As with every project, read everything before you start .

You Will Need:

A Packet of ‘Love Hearts’

Felt

Embroidery Thread

Paper

Sewing Supplies and Sewing Machine

INSTRUCTIONS

First cut a strip of felt 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

In a contrasting colour cut a little heart. Make a paper pattern using a 3/4″ piece of paper folded in half

Cut the paper heart out and use it as a template on your felt.

Take the little felt heart and place it on the envelope felt 1″ from the top and secure with a pin.

Stitch around the heart using a needle and thread. It is really too small and thick to do neatly on a sewing machine. I just used running stitch, taking the needle right to the back and then right up to the front making tiny stitches. This sounds a bit fiddly, but it is such a small heart, it really doesn’t take very long at all.

Then add a ‘Cupids Arrow’ just using different sized straight stitches.

Fold your felt strip to make an envelope shape and pin ready to stitch on the sewing machine. At this point it is important to make sure you have thread that matches on the bobbin. Both threads on your machine will show on this envelope, one on the front and one on the back. Begin the stitching at the top of the pouch.

I used my 1/4″ patchwork foot using the inside edge to get a very small seam allowance. Stitch from the top of the pouch part of the envelope down to the bottom and then turn around. Stitch all the way back up to the top of the flap. Turn and stitch across the top of the flap. Turn and stitch all the way down to the bottom of the envelope, turn and finish at the top of the pouch. I finished the thread by tying a knot and losing the thread inside the pouch. This means the front of the envelope will look neat.

Now the important part. Choose which ‘Love Heart’ you want to put inside your envelope. This may mean you will need to eat some of the others!! Choose carefully. Also it goes without saying; choose who you are going to give this to carefully as well 🙂

Pop the sweet into the envelope.

To close the envelope, just one stitch of thicker thread. IMPORTANT – use more thread than you think, a short length of thread at this point would be very difficult to tie. Don’t tie a double knot as it will be impossible to undo.

Trim the ends when you have a cute little bow.

Now its up to you to deliver or hide this cute little thing!

Enjoy!

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