Sew valentines this year
I challenge you to sew valentines this year to show your love. Anyone can buy trinkets, but making something with love infuses more meaning into even simple gifts. Heartfelt gifts don’t need to be elaborate to mean a great deal.
From simple sewn hearts to labor of love quilts, the web is full of fun ideas that you could use to sew valentines this year. You can make a little something for every person you love. And there is nothing wrong with sharing a little love with people you just like, too. From your sweetheart to your grandma to your neighbor or teacher, everyone who you bless with a handmade gift will appreciate that you spent time making something just for them.
Sew valentines: my simple ideas
I’ll start by sharing three simple ideas of my own that I’m using this year to sew valentines for my family and friends, including an easy way to add a homemade touch to candy I’ll pick up at the store.
Felt or fleece hearts
These couldn’t be simpler to make. Just draw a heart pattern on paper, cut out, and pin to two layers of fleece or felt. Cut these out, then sew them with right sides together, leaving an opening for turning. Stuff, and then sew the opening closed. I’m stuffing them with dried lavender flowers to make simple sachets for my friends. I once made a pair of these and filled them with baking soda to stuff in my gym shoes, and this worked well to eliminate odor. You could also use lentils and make a set of heart bean bags for a game for your kids.
Valentine novelty fabric pillowcases
There is nothing easier to make from a yard of cute fabric than a pillowcase. To make one, hem across one long side. Then fold the fabric widthwise, with right sides together, and sew or serge the other two sides. Turn right side out. That’s it! Of course, you can dress these up with decorative trim. But choose a cute enough fabric and there’s no need to dress it up further.
Simple gift bags
Use the pillowcase instructions above in miniature form to create simple gift bags to fill with chocolates or other candy from the store. Or for children, include dollar store trinkets such as small toys. Tie with a ribbon. You could amend the directions slightly to make drawstring bags instead.
I’ll also be making some projects that I have collected from all over the web. Follow these links to find the perfect projects to sew valentines for everyone that you love:
Sew valentines: more easy ideas
- Fabric Heart Bookmarks: Here is another project so easy that you can whip up several in mere minutes. This is the kind of sweet gift that most anyone could use. I might make one for myself!
- Felt Heart Ornament and Garland: I plan to make a couple of these ornaments to share as gifts, and the garland for my house.
- Warm Heart Coffee Cozy: Here is another simple idea that makes a nice gift for most anyone.
- Fabric Heart Coasters: You could make a set of these for your best friend or your house.
- Heart Shaped Oven Mitt: Make one for your mom and she’ll remember you love her every time she uses her oven.
- Scrappy Valentine Pot Holder: This heart shaped pot holder uses tiny scraps.
Sew valentines: cards
- Hand stitched cards: The traditional valentine is a card; here’s how to incorporate your love for sewing by hand while making paper cards.
- Something Special card and envelope: Or make your cards and matching envelopes on your machine, from fabric.
- Fabric postcards: Make these for your kids and they’ll enjoy them all year.
- Quilted valentines: These cards combine sewing and paper cards, and they couldn’t be cuter.
Sew valentines: a game and a toy
- Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Game: With arrows, hearts, and ric-rac, this makes an interactive gift.
- Candy Cutie Softie: There are lots of ideas for softies to sew, but none are as cute as this sweetie.
Sew valentines: bags and purses
- Scrappy Heart Purse: Small purses are all the rage; you’ll enjoy both making and giving this one.
- Heart Applique Zippered Goody Bag: This bitty pouch is 5″w x 4.5″h x 1″thick at bottom.
- Sweetheart Zip Pouch: There is something so sweet about the simple hearts on this easy bag.
- Heart Shaped Mini Pouch: This change purse includes a key ring.
Sew valentines: pillows
- Patchwork Heart Pillow: So precious! This pattern features reverse appliqué.
- Knock-off Anthropologie Heart Pillow: Make from one color, as pictured, or sew colorful hearts.
- Easy Felt Valentines Pillow: This one uses hearts as flowers and is super easy to sew.
- Burlap Valentine Heart Pillow: Rustic and easy, this tutorial includes sew and no-sew options.
- Heart Pennant Throw Pillow: This one is another easy-yet-darling design.
- Bursting Heart Pillow: Here’s an unusual patchwork heart for a pillow, or use it for a quilt.
Sew valentines: quilts
- Love Mini Quilt: Sew this tiny quilt with paper pieced letters.
- Simple Heart Quilt: Repeating hearts adorn this simple quilt.
- 12” Heart Quilt Block: By Amy Smart; this pretty block was designed for charity quilts, to raise heart-disease awareness.
- 18” Patchwork Heart Block: Made entirely from squares, this large block could be repeated in a quilt. Or make only one, for a pillow.
- Hugs and Kisses Quilt: This intermediate quilt combines several techniques, including applique.
- Sweetheart Quilt Block: This easy patchwork heart appliqué block could be used many ways.
- My Heart is Filled with Joy Quilt Block: Here are hearts made from strips; could be a scrap quilt.
- XO Quilt: A small quilt made with an ombre of pinks.