Have you guys ever looked at the Pottery Barn Kids magazine and drooled over all that super cute stuff that is WAY too expensive? I have. I especially love their Easter and Valentines day stuff but when I saw these bad boys online, I thought, I could make that:
So here is my version of this little Valentine cutie:
They only took me about a half hour to make two of them! So here is the how-to:
You will need: 1. white embroidery floss, 2. 2 red sheets of felt (for each envelope), 3. any coordinating felt if you want the extra fluff ( I got two full sheets of white for the ric-rac edging. 4. hot glue and hot glue gun.
Take your first sheet of red felt and cut it in the shape of a house. I only cut the top so the envelopes are is big as they can be. Just fold down the corners like you are going to start making a paper airplane with it and that is a pretty good measure of how much to take off.
With your second piece of felt, you will need a shape like this: sort of a half circle at the top, and square at the bottom.
I measured this second piece by laying it on top of my “house” piece and lining it up. Then I took a mixing bowl and laid it over the top and traced my half circle right where I wanted it. Just be sure that the top of your half circle isn’t any higher than where it can be for your envelope to still close.
Next you get to embroider! Normally when you use embroidery floss you separate the floss into sections of two strings but I didn’t pull anything apart. I wanted my floss really big and in charge. Trace with a light pencil where you want to stitch. Stitch each piece of felt individually. You aren’t hooking them together yet. Be sure to do ALL of your stitching before the next step.
Next measure how much white you will need and do your best to make the roc-rac look with your scissors. Once All your white is cut, hot glue it into place and hot glue your house piece to your second piece of felt. The hot glue is the only thing keeping your envelope together. But its really strong.
Tip: Do NOT try to hot glue your peices together and THEN do your stitching. You won’t be able to get your needle through the dried hot glue. Trust me. Been there, done that.
Tip 2: Be really careful with your hot glue. Once it touches your felt, there is no peeling it off.
Next, if you want to add any extra embellishments, get creative! I did a little monogram on a heart so they were personalized for my boys.
Now that I have these cute envelopes, all I need is something to put in them…yeah. Let me know if you have any questions about this craft!
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