Giving valentines has been a popular tradition since the 1600’s. With the advent of reliable mail in the 19th century, the practice of giving those Victorian-inspired lacy valentines fairly exploded. Today, more than six million valentines are given in the U.S. alone. While store-bought chocolates and cards remain popular offerings of love, there’s something undeniably special about a DIY valentine. The following ideas feature fun fabric ideas with embellishment and lacy trim that exude valentine love. Gift them to a special valentine this February.
Valentine Sleep Mask
Inspire sweet dreams with a handmade Valentine’s Day-themed sleep mask. For this project, you’ll want to avoid lacy trims or scratchy fabrics that could irritate the skin. You’ll need some fabric heart cutouts to cover the eyes and some satin fabric and ruffled trim for the mask and its embellishments. You can opt for a simple ribbon-tie for securing the band or cover some elastic in fabric to create a stretchy band for holding the mask in place. You can also add decorative objects like a small cupid or hearts made from a stiff sheet of felt from your craft store.
Stamped with Love Envelope-Shaped Wristlet
You don’t have to be adept at making purses or totes to create a whimsical envelope-shaped wristlet for a special valentine. All you’ll need is a few sheets of stiff white felt, a piece of red felt, ribbon of your choice, and—if you’re ambitious—some Valentine’s Day-themed fabric to line the interior envelope. The idea is to create an envelope out of white felt. Add your heart to the tip of triangular flap where the envelope would typically seal. You can use a button to actually create a closure or just allow it to hang without a seal. Add your ribbon to one corner of the envelope and you’ll have a sweet gift for a special gal.
If you’ve got lots of red, white, and pink fabric scraps, you can make a scrap wreath for hanging on the door or wall. All you need is a heart-shaped form made from foam or Styrofoam. Simply cut your fabric scraps into strips that you can tie around the heart so that the knot and their edges face front. You might want to use a decorative scissors to ruffle the edges of your knots. Enhance your fabric wreath with pretty heart-strewn ribbons or elegant floral satin ribbon with sweet crocheted edging.
Love Story Valentine Bookmark
Create an heirloom bookmark for your valentine reader. You can get creative with your fabric scraps to create a simply fabric bookmark. Embellish your fabric with velvet braid trim or some gorgeous ribbon with metallic touches and a stunning embroidered look. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you might even stitch a sweet message or your valentine’s name onto the fabric. Of course, you’ll need to complete the gift with a special volume. Consider a nice leather-bound edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets or a contemporary love story like Possession by A.S. Byatt, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, or Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
You can craft special heirloom for your favorite valentine with these sweet craft ideas. All you need is a little bit of creativity, some common craft supplies, and some valentine-themed fabric and trim and you can make someone’s Valentine’s Day a memorable one.