U Create has a sweet Valentine for crafters of all abilities with the Stitchable Conversation Heart.  They made it even easier by providing a free template for your project!

 

A cute and easy project that will add a little touch of Cupid’s magic to our homes?  Count us in!

 

Please click here to visit U Create and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To make darling “grown-up” Valentine’s Day cards for my favorite people using my favorite fabric, felt!

 

Details:

  • I was in need of felt for this project and also to update my felt rosette wreath, so I picked up several sheets at my local JoAnn.
  • I also picked up some blank greeting cards so that I could adorn them with the felt hearts to make grown-up valentines.
  • I had needles and dental floss at home, so was all set to start once I got back with the materials.

I can’t wait to get these mailed out to my friends and family – snail mail is one of my favorite ways to let people know you love them.

Share the love – xoxo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I first cut out the felt heart shapes using the method of folding the felt in half-length wise and then cutting a heart shape. Each of my hearts is unique in shape and I love that aspect!

I tried marking the stencil pattern onto my felt, but it wasn’t working well with my pencil, so I decided to go the free hand route using just my needle and floss thread. Though my stitched lines don’t look perfect and aren’t nearly as cute as the free stitch-able print, but I feel it adds to the handmade cuteness of these Valentine’s Day cards!

If you did want to use a stencil, a chalk pencil would come in handy!

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

Easy to do and pretty quick when it came down to prep and finish time.

Plus there are so many options on how to create these and you can personalize them for your valentines.

Cons:

I don’t see any – such a great way to spread love. 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

They are so darling and I am excited to have created homemade Valentine’s for my loved ones.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Whip up a little Valentine’s decor for my home and my honey.

 

Details:

  • I used some left over felt from our Felt Rosette Wreath project.
  • My plain white cloth came right out of my scrap bin.
  • I grabbed my frame from the clearance aisle at Target a few months back!
  • I chose white embroidery thread, which I also had on hand!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!The hardest part about this project for me, was cutting out a normal looking heart.  I don’t recall failing this part of kindergarten, but I must have.

I chose “XOXO” as my convo and used a basic back-stitch as Kari from U Create did.  I thought I would be safe free-handing my writing, however sort of wish I would have stenciled it due to my anal retentive tendencies.

Embroidery thread is made up of 6 tiny strands.  I used 3 strands for the outline of my heart, and the full thread for my “XOXO”.

To finish my piece, I simply taped my fabric over the glass part of my picture frame and put it back together!  Wah-lah!

If I did it again, I would have ironed the fabric before putting it into the frame.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

A super easy and speedy project that adds a little V-day flare to your home!

Cons:

When making this project I accidentally thought about Cupid and got the damn “Cupid Shuffle” stuck in my head for the next 4 days.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

I liked this project!  There are so many ways to make it your own, and it’s easy enough for all skill levels.

I love that I didn’t need to spend a dime, and I also like the idea of having an easy project on hand to create cute holiday decor for any season!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: The magic word for me is “felt“. I just love everything about it and have tons of it. I would be wearing felt underwear if I could, but alas – that is another conversation. I am all about creating a Valentine-themed project out of felt!

Details:

In the original post Kari used the cutest picture frames for her hearts. I have a lot of random frames but nothing that really sparked my interest for this project.

  • I decided to use 2 embroidery hoops that were collecting dust.
  • I also had a large amount of linen from some previous projects that I thought would tie in nicely.
  • I used white and red embroidery floss and used a basic stitch.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would strongly suggest finding  several sizes of  hearts and sayings on the internet to use as a guide. The original post included a link to both, but I could not [for the life of me] get the darn images to enlarge.

I decided to free-hand everything and it turned out okay but using a guide would have been a lot easier.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

So easy and looks so lovely – Felt is so inexpensive!

Cons:

None – unless you suck at using a needle and thread or cutting.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

This project is one of my all-time favorites. I just love the end result; it was so easy to make and there are so many ways to make them.

I seriously have felt coming out of my ears, so I am super excited to make a few more of these to display around the house. This would also be a great gift for a grandparent or a child’s teacher.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread some love!

 
 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!
The darling Stitchable Conversation Heart and it’s photo by U Create

 


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Move over Pottery BarnThe Crafting Chicks have made the most adorable Felt Valentine Envelopes to fill with sweets for their sweeties this Valentine’s Day.

 

Since we a.) love felt b.) love holidays and c.) love our sweeties, this project was right up our alley!

 

Please click here to visit The Crafting Chicks and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Get my hot glue gun out and make something purdy that my kids will love year after year.

 

Details:

This little project was fun because I recently finished another felt project (mermaid tails for my kiddos) and it inspired me to go wild and pick up some embellishments like sequins,  ric rac, felt hearts and felt heart stickers.

  • I purchased all of my supplies at Joann and since some of them were purchased previously I could only estimate that I spent roughly $15.00.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

HelpersA toothpick will save your life. Okay maybe not your life but for sure your fingertips! I decided after the first few lines of rick-rac that my fingers were not going to make it through this project so I busted out one of my fancy appetizer toothpicks (they are thicker and more sturdy). It worked beautifully and allowed me to really push the embellishments into the felt without severe burns.

I also advise that if you have not worked with felt and a hot glue gun before beware of the amount of glue you use. Less is more! You will find that if you have too much glue when putting your envelope together it will show through and you will then be forced to cover it with some kind of decorative embellishment.

I used my handy Rotary Cutter whenever possible and it worked SO WELL! I am really anal about this and found that it created the easiest straight line with little effort and zero frustration. After the first round of measuring and cutting I had it down pat but since I had two helpers my concentration was limited. Good thing this was pretty easy to fudge if I measured incorrectly in some areas. I ended up cutting one of the envelopes down just a little to get everything to line up and it was just fine!

Amanda - Valentine 1

Pros:

Cheap, cheerful and really just a sweet tradition to fill every year for Valentine’s Day.

I am considering making one for each of my kids teachers too, since I still have felt and embellishments left over.

Cons:

The only con I can come up with is just the hot glue gun being a little messy but I think if I upgraded to a proper crafting glue gun, things would be so much easier!

Amanda - Valentine 2

Conclusion:

Loved this project and the idea behind it. I think it would have been nice to have had stiffer felt but using some that I already had was just so handy.

I recommend this to anyone with a loved one that they like to give goodies to on Valentine’s or any holiday really. You could change up the colors and embellishments. It would be fun to do a birthday envelope too!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: I always find wonderful and fun things for the kids when I am skimming through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. They always have the best holiday gifts. I always tell the boys that the best gift ever is love. Not toys…just love. We like to have a little valentine celebration each year to remember that. These envelopes are perfect for our party. Much like Christmas stockings and Easter baskets, I can fill these envelopes with notes of love, and remind them how special they are. I might even sneak in a couple of chocolates.

Details:

While embarking on this project I really wanted to make my envelopes a little more masculine. I found this great red felt that had an alligator skin texture. The boys loved it!

The instructions provided by The Crafting Chicks were easy to follow. A bit tedious having to measure everything seeing I was making 3 envelopes, but it went by faster than I presumed.

Once the envelopes were put together (thank you hot glue!), we got to be creative. I let the kids pick out their own decorations.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t try gluing the entire envelop at once… one half at a time so the glue stays hot.

Sheri - Valentine 1

Pros:

Now need to sew! Thank you hot glue gun.

Cons:

Pulling all the little spare hot glue strands off everything! Darn you hot glue gun.

Sheri - Valentine 2Conclusion:

I actually really enjoyed making these and the kids love them! They can’t wait for our Valentine’s Day party. The project actually got me missing cross-stitching. I haven’t done that since I was kid. I can’t wait to hang them and fill them with little notes and some Hershey Kisses. They are now requesting I get more alligator felt to make stuffed animals…I’m frightened, that requires sewing.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To create a darling Valentine envelope for my kiddos’ sweet valentines.

 

Details:

inprocessI LOVE felt! So, this project was one I was pumped about from the beginning! And, I LOVE using my glue gun, so again, a great project!

  • I picked up all of my felt supplies and adornments at Joann. I grabbed the traditional Valentine colors for the felt and I found some great gold sequins, felt sticker embellishments and ric rac.
  • I began the process by cutting out my felt to the correct shapes according to the directions. I was unable to find the larger sheets of felt, so our envelopes were made of three 9 x 12” felt sheets, which worked great!
  • After prepping the envelope forms, I let the kids go to town with the felt stickers – they would place them and then I would adhere them with the hot glue gun. The kids then picked out what ric-rack and sequin details they wanted and I helped by gluing them on as well.
  • These were done in no time, though the kids wanted to continue to add stickers to theirs which is why some of them turned out a bit chaotic. After we were finished, I added lace to the back so they could be hung in our home.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Felt is very forgiving, so don’t stress if things are cutting perfectly.

If you want to do this with your children, pick up some of the felt stickers – this allowed the kids to have a big part in the creation.

Sarah's Sweeties

Pros:

You can use your hot glue gun – I have an addiction to mine!!

And, these turn out adorable and are a great parent & kid craft project!

The kids had a BLAST with this project and have been toting them around the house since we made them. Though my kids won’t receive many Valentines this year since they aren’t school age, it was a great project!

Cons:

I honestly can’t think of any. If I were more skilled in hand sewing, I would have tried the hand-stitch for another cute finished look.

Sarah Valentine 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely LOVE the end result and even made an extra one to send to my niece for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: Felt project again? My lucky day!

 

envelope openDetails:

This project came together very quickly and very inexpensive.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This project is pretty straightforward. You could certainly use your sewing machine to create smooth edges, but not necessary.

Pros:

Quick and easy and the different possibilities are endless!

Cons:

None! Although I am not great at making a straight line with hot glue.

Alicia Valentine 2

Conclusion:

What a great project! Who doesn’t love getting mail, especially in a cute envelope! I have decided to make one of these envelopes for each of my kids, 4 Nieces and 2 Nephews. 8 total! Well, maybe that might be a lot of work.

 

Valentine Conclusion

 

The lovely Felt Valentine Envelopes and it’s photo by The Crafting Chicks


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Domestifluff has the recipe for perfectly modern Valentine decor with her Felt Rosette Wreath.  Faux rosettes of felt create a simple and chic way to celebrate Cupid’s big day!

 

Please click here to visit Domestifluff and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I’ve only ever done one other project with felt.  True story!  Saw this bugger and wanted to dive right in.  Wait.  How many felt circles?

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pour yourself a glass of wine and pull up a chair, it’s going to be a while!  I was certain that I had cut at the very least, my first 30 circles.  Nope.  It was 12.  I was feeling very dramatic.  Cut two at a time, and break it up into little chunks, like every time you go in the kitchen, cut 30 circles.  This was my plan of attack and it was a piece of cake!

I was so afraid to cute all of these circles, that I went and bought the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter praying that it could cut my circles for me.  Nope.  Not going to happen.

I used about 330 circles.  I also packed them in a little too tight.  I ended up pulling them randomly from around the wreath to fill in the last couple of inches.

Oh!  Almost forgot!  After reading the bit in Domestifluff’s post about not covering the backside, I decided to cover the back with felt, adhering with my hot glue gun.  This way I can hang it on a window and it won’t look strange from the back.

Lastly, I used Upholstery Twist Pins to attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath!  I don’t think that this project took more than a combined total of 3-4 hours.  Tah Dah!

Maren Wreath 1

Pros:

SO incredibly easy I can hardly handle it.  I love this wreath – it’s so cute!

Cons:

Just cutting a lot of circles, which really, was no biggie once I got going.

Maren Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely love this wreath!  It is so pretty and festive without being over the top or too girly.  I might even try for another one sometime!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: To use one of my favorite craft materials, felt, to create a darling wreath for my front door.

 

Details:

I know many of you have heard me say this before, but seriously, I LOVE felt! It is such a fun material to work with and it is so forgiving for those of us that seek perfection in our craft projects.

  • I decided to go with oatmeal colored felt and picked it up at my local JoAnn store. I wanted to make this project a little festive for the month of love – February – so I also planned to use any left over pink and red felt I had from another Crafty Collaborative project.
  • I began the process by marking my 3” circles onto my felt using a coffee mug and a pencil. I decided to cut long strips of my felt, doubled up, to allow for three circles across in a row and approximately ten columns. This allowed me to cut approximately 60 circles each time. I ended up using a grand total of 290 circles, 250 in the oatmeal felt and 40 in the red and pink felts. This process took much less time than I had anticipated, so I was able to start the wreath in no time.
  • I decided to put my felt rosettes pretty tight together on my wreath form, I just really like the look! Also, I love when designs have something offset, so I decided to add my pop of red and pinks on the lower right hand-side. I really like how it turned out.
  • After I felt I was finished adding rosettes, I placed some gold ribbon on the back for hanging – I secured it with about 6 pins just to make sure it would stay in place.

This darling wreath is now adorning our front door!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Felt is very forgiving, so don’t stress if things are cutting perfectly.  Double up your felt so that you are cutting more than one circle at a time – this was a great time saver for me!

Sarah Wreath 1

Pros:

Super easy project once you get set-up and it was a lot of fun to do.

Cons:

Slightly time consuming, but so worth it! My fingertips are slightly sore from pushing all those pins in the wreath form.

 Sarah Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I love this wreath project and really enjoy the simplicity of the final look. Because I went with a relatively neutral color, I may even try swapping out the colored section for other holidays. Maybe I’ll add shades of green in for the month of March!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: First thoughts, “This looks so cool!” Reading the blog post made me think this project would take ages.

 

Details:

  • Bought navy blue felt, foam wreath and straight pins at JoAnn.
  • Also picked up a white ink pad to use for my stencil. I found a cup at home that had a 3″ diameter, which worked perfectly as my stencil.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Fold the fabric in half when stenciling and cutting. This project is very forgiving, the circles do not need to be perfect.

I used about 190 circles…but cut about 300. What to do with all of those extra circles still boggles my mind. Start with about 200 circles and go from there.

For the 300 circles cut, I only used about 1 yard of fabric. Honestly, I didn’t need the extra 1/2 yard.

Buy the white/colored ink, it will save your sanity.

Janet Wreath 1

Pros:

Thankfully, it really didn’t take as long as she alluded to on the blog, it really only took me about 3 hours, plus I was doing laundry and watching a football game at the same time. I love to multi-task! It turned out really cute, I love it!

Cons:

I have a ton of extra navy blue felt…what to do, what to do.

Janet Wreath 2

Conclusion:

This is a perfect year-round decoration, or can be made specifically for a holiday. Very modern and very inexpensive. I loved this project!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: Felt is the magic word for me. I will always jump at the chance to work with it.

 

Details:

  • Alicia Wreath MaterialsThis project took 224 cut felt circles, styrofoam wreath and straight pins.
  • For the life of me, I could not find a white wreath so I settled for green. I was a bit worried that you would see it between the felt, but it turned out great. You could also spray paint the wreath white if needed.
  • I also used white and hot pink felt because I love the contrast and dimension.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Instead of tracing and cutting a million 3” circles on felt, I used a spool of ribbon that exactly measured 3” and used it as my cutting guide. I would then use my spool and cut 2 circles at a time. This saved a bunch of time and patience, which I ran out of. Ha!

Pros:

The completed project is so rewarding and beautiful.

Cons:

You need a lot of felt and time for this project.

Alicia Wreath

Conclusion:

This was a fun weekend project for me. After taking a few trips to Michael’s for felt, and purchasing things I did not need,  I feel that my wreath is beautiful additional to my Valentine decor. Or the perfect gift!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Create a festive wreath out of some leftover felt I had from other projects.

 

 

Details:

  • Once again I am going to coin myself as the lazy thrifty one. I used leftover felt from previous projects so I honestly haven’t a clue just how much I used in total but can tell you that I used 236 circles. I cut out 250 to be safe.
  • My wreath form was the exact same one used in the original post and is the perfect size as far as I am concerned! I can’t imagine it being any bigger. I think I would have given up.
  • For my circles, I used a good ole plastic IKEA children’s cup (it may be discontinued as I had zero luck when trying to locate it online to show ya’ll). It was the perfect size. I also stole my kid’s giant stamp pad and busted 250 circles in no time!
  • In total I would say that once all the circles were cut out it took about 1.5 hours to put the wreath together. I am sure I could have been quicker but my kids were still awake. Enough said.
  • You definitely need a small and very sharp scissor to make cutting out 250 circles slightly less painful.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t worry about perfection! This craft is very forgiving. I definitely didn’t have perfectly round circles and it still looked great. I also ended up being just slightly short on my grey circles (about 4 inches remaining on my wreath form) so I ended up pulling some of the circles I had already pinned from random areas on the wreath and placing them in my gap. You can’t even tell! I just fluffed and tugged at the remaining pinned circles and it filled in the gaps left by where I pulled some. No biggie!

Amanda Wreath 1

Pros:

Pretty, could be fairly cheap (I guess my supplies ended up costing roughly $15-$20) and after the prep work is done you could practically assemble it in your sleep.

Cons:

Oh just the occasional finger jab is about all I could complain about. It was otherwise a craft dream!

Amanda Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely make this again or at least use this method. I am considering using it for other tasks like on a tree form or even a ball for holiday décor. It could be really cool used in a shadow box too!

 

 

Felt Wreath Conclusion

 

The lovely Felt Rosette Wreath and it’s photo by Domestifluff


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Heather Hales Designs suggested a Hand Embroidered Felt Bookmark as the perfect last minute gift!

After seeing her cute creations, we were inspired to start stitching!

 

Please click here to visit Heather Hales Designs and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission:  A cute last minute gift?  Here, here!

 

Details:

I didn’t use wool felt for the entire project, as recommended. I chose a white cotton canvas for the top. I used baby blue polyester felt for the backing instead of wool felt because JoAnn rearranged their entire store and I was having a meltdown and just had to get out of there.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure that you select a pattern that can be easily stitched after you resize it.  I made a vintage pattern really tiny, then realized that was not such a great idea when I tried to do some of the stitches.

Pros:

This was easy, and i am happy with the finished product!

Cons:

Only easy if you have all of the equipment handy… if you’re not set up to sew on demand, then this might be a bigger project than you signed up for.

Conclusion:

I liked this little project.  I enjoy embroidery and sewing, so this was a quick, happy project for me to do.  I am looking forward to using this as a binder band, and making one or two for gifts as well!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission:  To try embroidery for the first time and hone in on my sewing skills.

 

Details:

  • Elastic
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery Pattern
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not sure I have any to share.

Pros:

When complete, a super cute and handy tool!

Cons:

Definitely a craft project for the more skilled…or patient-minded kind 🙂

Conclusion:

Let’s just say this one was challenging for me! First off…for those of you that can embroider – I bow down to you. I definitely gave it a try and would LOVE to be better at this some day as I always ogle over the beautiful embroidery work I see out and about.

In addition, I was challenged even further as my sewing machine was having technical difficulties, so I had to hand-stitch the elastic and felt pieces together, which I am horrible at and it shows. All in all, I’m not overly happy with the outcome of this project, but want to try it again as I envisioned this as a darling craft!

Loved the idea of this craft – just not the execution I ended up with. Maybe next time!

 


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