February’s Plush Of The Month Club boxes came with a box of three plush valentines chocolates, two hand cut valentines and some little red tootsie rolls.
The month of January involved a lot of sewing, 450 little chocolates in total. I watched the whole series of Gilmore Girls during the month as I cut, sewed, stuffed, hand sewed, added faces, and packaged these babies up. But I loved how they turned out and seemed to get a great response. I just finished up March’s plush and as always cannot wait until I can share!
You can find more info on my club here
Besides printable Valentine cards, with my print-outs
you can also make decorative banners. They are easy and fast! Here’s what you need:
-InkJet Iron-On Transfers
: I like the kind made for dark colors
-red and white felt
-Scallop Fabric Shears
: these are pricey and with some types of felt you can use scalloped scissors designed for paper instead. Instead I have a by Fiskars (which they no longer seem to make) and I love using them for cutting fabric and felt. They were also a bit pricey when I purchased them, but have lasted me almost five years of cutting fabrics in a scallop shape, and are still going strong. Also please keep in mind you could still get a great shape using fabric pinking shears you might already own to do the decorative edge.
First print out your valentines onto the iron-on paper following the directions on the package. Cut out a valentine with the plain scissors. Iron onto white felt. I then use a combination of my plain scissors and scallop to create a scallop design just around the heart as I cut it out of the white felt.
Use your glue to adhere your valentine to red felt and allow to dry. Cut out leaving a small border of red around the entire thing.
I glued the string to the back upper area of each valentine using a rectangle of leftover red felt. You could also sandwich and glue the string in between your white and red layer of felt, but I wanted mine to be behind the entire thing. Allow to dry and hang up!
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Since I am still not certain what sort of valentines might be crafted up for this year, I thought I’d share a few from previous years…
-Free paint by number valentines
-DIY Playing card valentines
-Vintage style Valentine candy boxes
-DIY Morse Code messages of love necklaces
This year’s Valentines are finally up in the shop
. You can still find previous year’s Valentines (and anti-valentines) there too, as well as a bundle of all of them. If you end up making something from them like dishtowels, gift bags, pin backs, ceramics with the printable water slide decals-I would love to see!
The anti-valentine printables are now on Etsy here
. They are instantly downloadable files!
I also made a few little things to show you what else you can do with the Valentines. I like to print mine out on iron on paper, and I made a few dishtowels, made the images smaller and made some Valentine pin-backs, and goodie bags. You could also make a felt garland you could use year after year with the same technique. I hope the ideas inspire you!