Friday, 13 January 2012

Crafty Projects for Valentine's Day

Whether you're planning a really romantic day on Feburary 14th, or just fancy some cute heart-themed crafting, hopefully you'll find a bit of creative inspiration in this project round-up from my tutorial archive...

Sew some felt heart brooches (these would also make sweet hair clips!)


 Embroider a romantic wall hanging with a faux woodgrain design:
 

Sew little felt heart ornaments - these would look very cute in candy colours, maybe hanging from some spring twigs in a vase.


Make a cute pillow (cushion) decorated with a heart and lots of colourful buttons:


(This project was originally designed for weddings, as a ring-bearer pillow, but if you just leave off the ribbon it makes a cute mini pillow to add to your decor. Instead of sewing a strip of felt at the back for carrying the pillow, sew a square or rectangle sewn along three sides to make a little pocket and tuck in a love note or other special message before giving it as a gift)

Sew felt lavender sachets decorated with a heart on one side (using the template from this tutorial) and pretty ribbons and buttons on the other:



Make sweet and simple Valentine's cards or invites to a Valentine's Day party decorated with felt hearts (great for using up scraps leftover from other projects!) ...


... or hearts cut from pictures in magazines, sheet music or other patterned papers:


You can also add hearts to your gift wrapping:




Hosting a Valentine's Day party? Here are a few more ideas that could be easily adapted to fit the theme...

Use large sugar paper (construction paper) hearts instead of butterflies to make a pretty paper doily curtain or mobile:



Add little felt hearts to this felt bunting project to make a Valentine's decoration you can use year after year:


Or use hearts cut from coloured card instead of the butterflies in this tutorial to make napkin rings and cake toppers (the napkin rings would look extra cute if you cut a scalloped edge around the heart, as seen in this tutorial).



P.S. if you're planning some Valentine-inspired crafting, my Valentine's Felt Packs are now back in my Etsy shop :)

12 comments:

Susanne said...

Åh!!vad många inspirerade tips jag fick på Valentindagen. Det riktigt kliar i fingrarna att sätta igång på direkten.
Kram Susanne

Lynn said...

I love your tuts. I want to make everything. LOL! Wish I had the time. How do you get your hearts cut so perfectly? And your circles? Does it just come with practice? Glad to see you posting regularly again.
Lynn

JO SOWERBY said...

loving the hearts attack............boom boom. so gr8 to be back in blogland. loving reading ur book too and did a lil plug on the blog on the 10th for Shimelle's 10 on the tenth bloghop thingy.
Jo xxx

nicedaydesigns said...

So many cute ideas! I love that button wedding cushion!If I ever get married I'll definitely have to make one

Skarbownia said...

very very very nice :)

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Anonymous said...

hello laura
just bought your book super cute felt its fab. I love all the projects i am not great at sewing but i think i will have a bash at making something small out of your book. I read your blog and love your hints and tips and quirky style. Helen

Stephanie @ Toastie Studio said...

I love that ring cushion!!! Buttons buttons yay buttons!! Some really nice things you make :)
Feel free to submit this to my link party, would love to share it with more people!
http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/made-monday_16.html

BugsandFishes said...

Lynn - practice definitely helps! it also makes a big difference having a good pair of small, sharp scissors to cut with. There are a few tips on working with felt in this tutorial I did I while ago: http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-design-and-make-felt-brooch.html ... plus lots more in my book :)

Jo - thanks for the mention of my book on your blog! I'm so glad that you're enjoying it xx

Helen - thankyou! I hope you'll have lots of fun with the book & that you'll continue to enjoy my blog! Lots of people seem to be trying the pansy hairclips and the gingerbread cookie garland as "beginner" projects from the book :)

Laura Bray said...

I just found your blog via Craft Gossip today. So nice to meet another felt addict! Love, love your projects. Off to add your book to my Wish List.

SuzeJones said...

Hi there

I've linked to this post from my blog:

http://thejoyofsew.blogspot.com/

Just ADORE felt! Hope this is okay!

Suze x

BugsandFishes said...

Hi Laura, nice to "meet" you too :)

Thanks for linking, Suze!

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