It’s no secret that I tend to go a little overboard with holidays; and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Therefore, with the holiday fast approaching, I wanted to create a fun way to shower my family with love.
Every year since we’ve lived in our house (this will be the third), I have made little candy boxes for my family. This year, I wanted to create something that could be used for many years to come – and so these candy grams were it!
What you’ll need:
9”x12” red felt (5 pieces)
9”x12” pink felt (1 piece)
Valentine’s Day foam stickers
Velcro (1 pack)
White fabric paint
White thread and needle
Also pictured, but not used: 1 piece of 9”x12” dark pink felt and fabric paint marker
You can purchase all of these supplies at your local Michael’s – I lucked out and got them on sale with an additional 40% of the store so all the supplies cost me just over $20 (score!).
First things first, you will start by taking three of the pieces of red felt and folding them in half (horizontally). Next, thread the needle. In order to make the thread stand out more, I doubled it. I hand stitched both sides, leaving the top open. Then, when I was done, I turned it inside out so that the thread wasn’t as obvious on the sides (also to hide my terrible sewing skills).
Tip: If you have a sewing machine, you can use it to create a more professional stitch.
Next, I took one of the remaining two pieces of red felt and cut them both in half (horizontally as well). I placed about half of the piece inside the pouch of the envelope and began hand stitching it to secure it in place and create the flap. I added Velcro to the top of the flap (both pieces) and then folded it over so that it would place the other piece where it would naturally sit.
Taking the pink felt, I cut it into six strips to create the handles which will attach the envelope to the back of our kitchen chairs. I added Velcro to the front and back of each strip. Next, I took the fabric paint and created the illusion of a large stitch along the edge of the envelope. I added some foam stickers to add a little colour. Then I left it to dry (about four hours).
Once the paint was dry, I folded down the flap and continued the illusion of large stitching. I finished by adding a name and a heart. I had to leave it to dry another four hours before I could finish the envelope with the straps.
To attach the straps, I hand stitched where the strap would fold when attaching to the back of the chair. This allows it to keep more of the shape when attaching it to the chair. You will need to stitch it to the back layer of the envelope only. In retrospect, this step might have been easier before the flap of the envelope was put on.
Last but not least, fill your envelopes with candy and attach them to the backs of the recipient’s chair!
Did you make any Valentine’s Day crafts this year? Let us know in the comments below!