Stamped with Love, A Valentine’s Craft
10 Feb 2012

Stamped with Love, A Valentine’s Craft

12 Comments In the Craft Room, Tutorials

Today’s installment of our Winter Wolle blog series is an extra special one because we are thrilled to introduce our first guest contributor! You’ll surely enjoy all of Gail’s sewing creations, but I think her felt creations are simply perfect!  Be sure to check out the links below to her previous fun felt projects.  My favorite are those cute farfalle! 

Hello Clever Charlotte readers!

I’m Gail from probably actually, and I’m happy to be here to share a wool creation for the Winter Wolle series! I love to make things for my daughter, and a few of my favorite past projects have been made from wool or wool felt. There’s something so satisfying about working with wool, and I especially love felt – it has such a nice texture, and cutting and sewing with it is always such a pleasure. For me, felt and Valentines go hand in hand (I cut out loads of felt hearts for a garland last year), so I made tiny felt Valentine envelopes to house some mini Valentines.

My mom, sisters and I have a tradition of exchanging valentines, so these are for them (and one for Lila, of course).

The envelopes were cut using a Paper Source “baby” envelope template – the finished size is 2 1/8 by 3 1/2 inches (the size of a business card). Before sewing them together I added a little felt heart in the stamp corner and an “address label” that I rubber stamped on twill tape. If you crease the envelope flaps with a hot iron, it leaves you with a nice rectangle on the front, making it easy to get these additions in the right place before the whole thing is assembled.

I secured everything with a running stitch using embroidery floss. Whenever I can get away with it I sew stuff by machine, but working with felt is the one time I actually prefer hand-stitching, and the embroidery floss can add a nice pop of color.

The envelopes close with two little buttons. After sewing the button to the top flap, I pulled the thread (I used embroidery floss here, too) to the inside and left it about six inches long – that remaining length of thread is used to secure the envelope shut with the bottom button, manila envelope style.

Tucked inside are little Valentines – just a felt heart stitched on by hand and a stamped message.

There you have it. Thanks so much for having me, and happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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12 Responses to “Stamped with Love, A Valentine’s Craft”

  1. Jennifer says:

    LOVE these felt Valentine’s envelopes! I’m thinking I can also use these envelopes for other holidays too (red envelopes for Chinese New Year?!!). Thanks for sharing this tutorial! You are awesome!

  2. tara says:

    Very cute! The iron creasing and the button closure add a really nice touch! I might have to whip one of these up for my daughter next week, I’m sure she could find a million and one tiny items to store inside afterwards.

  3. kristin says:

    what an adorable little project! nicely done, gail!!

  4. Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} says:

    LOVE these! So sweet, & I love the button & floss closure. I need to make a few of these just for fun!

  5. Lisa says:

    oh my goodness – way too cute! over from gussy sews. :-)

  6. Alycia says:

    These are the cutest little envelopes I’ve ever seen! I’d love to leave a link on my blog to this :)

  7. Sandi says:

    adorable – now I wish I hadn’t already finished valentines!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Hello

    I just wanted to let you know that I shared your fantastic idea on my blog http://www.eatcraftsow.blogspot.com.au/. Please let me know if there is anything that you would like for me to remove.

    Cheers, Jennifer

  9. Sarah Adie says:

    Very sweet! Don’t have time to make them this year but will definitely remember this for 2013. Thanks!

  10. Marisa says:

    Those are beautiful! I made some felt valentines and envelopes for my kiddos, but I like the style of yours much better. Pinning for next year!

  11. Daneilia says:

    Those are super adorable.

  12. Rafa Ribeiro says:

    I love this tip and shared on my blog. Checks there:

    http://rafaribeiiro.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/daqui-e-dali-21.html

    Kisses and hugs. With love, Rafa.