Use these cute Valentines Envelopes to send your love a note or little gift. You could also use them to package Heart Day Gifts for your kid's or their teachers! And honestly you could take out the Valentines theme and use them for other occasions such as Birthdays or Christmas!
Flip the envelope over to the front, this is where you can be creative! Use what you have on hand, scrap felt pieces or perhaps you picked up some fun Valentines Day embellishments you'd like to use!
The sky is the limit, decorate the front of the envelope as much or as little as you'd like!
Some of your additions can by sewn on by the machine or hand stitched depending what they are. Once you have pinned what you are decorating on the front, you can take the pins off the sides to open it up and sew them on.
I used my Big Shot and some die cuts to make some of my own embellishments out of felt and then I sewed them on with the machine!
Fold your envelopes back up and pin the sides again. Because we're working with felt and the edges don't fray, we can just sew up the edges without having to sewing wrong sides together and flip it back out like some of our other projects.
Now depending on how you want to fasten your envelopes, we have a couple options now. Check out the pictures (a,b,c left to right) if you are visual like me! :)
a) No fastener: you can sew the edges and then iron a proper fold so that it will stay down.
b) A button: hand stitch a button onto the bottom, back side of your felt and make a button hole with your scissors to fit the button
c) Velcro: Either sticky back or sew on a piece to each end of the back so it fastens.
I know that sometimes all the crafts you own can get into a big cluttery mess, but you don't have a ton of extra cash to spend on fancy organizational items. So I have found some amazing and clever items you may have around your house (of can find at the thrift store of garage sales) to help organize your crafty belongings!
Storage out of a Keurig Rack
Turn an old Keurig rack into a storage caddy for any of your smaller items using some mini dip-takeout containers! Store anything from sequins (like thecraftypickle.com on the right did) to buttons, beads, eyelets and so much more!
Or place your paint bottles in the Keurig rack (like hometalk.com left). I would put your paint tops down with a tight lid so you can see the colors in your bottles since a lot of brands don't have the color sticker on the lids.
It makes a great display piece too so you can easily leave it out on the counter or shelf!
Storage out of Tin Cans
These next three are just made out of tin cans straight from your recycling bin! Add some paint, scrapbook paper or washi tape to decorate them and you're done!
Storage out of Shakers
Wether it's a salt and pepper shaker, sugar shaker or spice shaker it'll work! It doesn't matter if it's plastic or glass either! I think this is most ideal for glitter (especially if you buy it in bulk like me!!) But I do also love how the twine is in the sugar shaker, it seems pretty easy to gab the piece you need right from the spout! I'm defiantly going to keep my eye out for a couple of those when I'm treasure hunting!
Storage out of Magazine Folders
This one is brilliant and the way that I store my cardstock and 8.5"x 11" papers! I originally had them horizontally on the shelf but if I needed one from the bottom they all seemed to come out! This idea is a way better solution and you can easily color co-ordinate them too! Ikea has some fairly inexpensive ones or if you want to spend no money, use your old cereal boxes and cut the tops and half the side off!
Storage out of Spice Racks
Similar to the Keurig rack, you can use an old spice rack and they come with perfect sized containers great for small storage or random items!
Storage out of PVC Pipe
So yes, I know that everyone doesn't have PVC pipe lying around the house, but it is pretty inexpensive from the hardware store so I had to share these storage solutions because they are amazing!! The photos say enough but I love how you can paint them, and connect the corners to make a box shape! Click on the pictures to get the link of how you can make them yourself!
Storage out of an Ice Cube Tray
Ice cube trays are a great storage for inside drawers being a perfect shallow height! They are great for organizing small things or miscellaneous things or as the pictured shown below with washi tape and bobbins.
Valentines Day is right around the corner and today we have some very simple decor that you can make to celebrate this special day around your house! And all you need is cardboard (mine is from the recycle bin cut out from a delivery box!) and yarn!
Trace as many heart shapes onto the cardboard that you would like to make! And then with some sharp scissors (so your hands don't get super tired;) cut the hearts out.
Use another piece of tape to secure the end of your yarn roll to the cardboard heart (photo on the left) and then start wrapping the yarn all around the heart until you cannot see any more cardboard.
Continue this step until all your hearts are covered. Then you can cut a piece of yarn to the length you would like to hang your heart garland (I would cut a little extra so you can adjust it to fit perfectly!)
Then weave that piece of yarn through the hoops you made in step two and hang your beautiful piece of art you created!
Have you ever had to purchase new needles for your sewing machine and wonder why they all have different numbers on them? What do those numbers mean and why should you be careful to use the right ones for the right projects? Find out today!
I found this great chart on the Schmetz website! Including charts and pictures, this guide is very self explanatory and a wealth of information!
If you would like to buy needles for your machine click here!
I'm Amanda -a wife, mom of two and small business owner- living on the West Coast and sharing my love of crafting with you! Here you'll find DIY projects, tutorials, crafting tips and so much more!