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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Sophisticated Yellow has an easy way to class up your glass with her darling DIY Burlap Wine Bag.

 

With the holidays upon us, what better way to add a little craftiness to the time honored gift of booze?!

 

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

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I love to gift, and sometimes the wrapping is just as special as what is inside.  This project seemed right up my alley!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!When measuring, I thought that by making mine about 14″ x 14″ that I was making the bag taller when really I was just making it wider.  Stick to Natalie’s instructions!

Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set, seriously can’t live without this, especially when dealing with fabric that wiggles around, like burlap.

After sewing my bags, I ironed the seams and made creases at the bottom to help them stand.

To keep my stencils and wine bag as flat as possible, I taped it all down to the table with Painter’s Tape.

When stenciling, it is better to have less paint on the Sponge Pouncer and just continue to lightly tap until the image is solid, rather than have more paint on the sponge and push hard.  When you go with the latter option, the paint finds its way under the stencil and your lines will turn into a blob.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Pros:

Couldn’t be easier!

I had cracked out 5 of these in less than 30 minutes and the stenciling was done in about 10!

Cons:

The aftermath of working with burlap.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

Loved it! What an easy way to make a hostess gift just a little more personal!

For the thrifty ones out there, I bet that this project is much cheaper than the wine gift bags that you can pick up in the store.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Attack an easy sewing project that can double as a hostess gift this holiday season.

 

 

Details:

  • We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!I purchased a yard of burlap (just in case and also in hopes I might have a little extra for a runner) that had a black zinnia print.
  • I did decide to try my Martha Stewart Fancy Script Stencils on one for a different look.
  • I chose a white acrylic paint and used a Martha Stewart Foam Pouncer to apply the paint.
  • For a closure I chose grosgrain ribbon vs. twine. I felt like it made it a little dressier.
  • I did not add the corks (although I have a serious stash of them). You could also add bells (if you were gifting during the Christmas season) or maybe even attach a gift tag instead like I did on one.
  • I started by cutting out two bags. After I made my first bag I realized I would like to see the bag be a little taller so when I cut my third I added an extra inch and a half to the height.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

 

Using a rotary blade was very handy for cutting. Burlap is a little messy and can be hard to work with so a scissor isn’t as easy and precise.

Pay close attention to the original post and the way she sewed her corners in. I did my first bag with the bag flat instead of flattening the bag so that the bottom was flat and stitching. It works but isn’t as clean as her version. I corrected this mistake with bag two and three.

I feel like Natalie’s burlap may have been a little softer than what I was working with. It would have been nice to have it look more relaxed but mine worked just fine too.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Pros:

This project was REALLY simple with such an elegant finished piece.

I would say I am a less than average seamstress so this was right up my alley.

Cons:

I felt like I could have used a slightly longer piece than 14 ¾” which I did end up adjusting. My bag does not fold over like hers does but is still cute. This was partly due to my lack of reading and completely mistaking 4 inches for 1 when she mentions where to sew in the twine. Oops!

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

This is a sewing-for-dummies dream project that will have you looking like Martha in a pinch!

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: I am all about homemade gifts. These wine bags are so cute and I had to give it a shot.

 

Details:

  • I had a large amount of linen left from our leaf stamped/printed napkin project and decided to use that instead of burlap.
  • Hemp for ribbon
  • I did not thread my ribbon through the material, but wrapped it around the bottle.
  • I also decided not to use small screw eye hooks, although it looks really nice.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The gal at Sophisticated Yellow had measurements to follow for the bags, I just eyeballed it.

I ironed my material, sewed up the bag and then added my stencil!

Pros:

A lot easier to make than anticipated.

Cons:

None- unless you cannot sew.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

Who wouldn’t love a getting a bottle of wine in this cute bag?! I absolutely love it and  have decided to make a bunch more for housewarming and Christmas gifts. I will try using burlap next time.

 

 We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!


The darling
Burlap Wine Bag and photo by Sophisticated Yellow


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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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I’m With Cupcake has shared a terrific tutorial on mitered corners with their DIY Napkin tutorial.

With the help of Lindsey from Hot Polka Dot, I’m With Cupcake lets us in on the secret to perfect corners!

 

Please click here to visit I’m With Cupcake and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: To ACTUALLY sew. Just saying that makes me sweat.

 

 

Details:

I decided that since sewing is not really “my thing” I was going to make the most out of this while also being incredible lazy (pattern forming here…). I opted to create the “Perfect Edge” on a piece of fabric I was using for another Crafty Collaborative project. So I basically created a little rectangle with very little purpose but it was just the right size for my first attempt.

  • I used a cotton fabric (fat quarter I acquired from a random fabric store visit with my mom and sister who are much better at this than I) with an adorable elephant print.
  • I attempted to measure properly for each side but ended up sort of eye-balling it (I am actually very accurate this way).
  • I was also using a Singer sewing machine, that is older than, me from the 70’s (I am still quite youthful so this is saying a lot!).
  • My thread choices were light but didn’t match perfectly. I chose a pale lilac and white. Again being lazy I made these choices based on the fact that I would have to attempt to fill a new bobbin if I didn’t just go mismatched (I actually did attempt and pictures are featured in this post about my epic fail).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be PATIENT. Also it is okay to throw out an f*bomb here or there. In fact I highly recommend it otherwise you might actually get physical with the machine and that never ends well. Definitely read the directions and look closely at the pictures because they really do give you the best idea on how things should look step by step. I didn’t realize I could let the corner overlap a bit creating a smoother, more polished finish.

Pros:

Not NEARLY as hard as I thought it would be! Written well, even for a novice like myself.

Cons:

There really were not any cons. I found this project to be very realistic and the instructions very clear. Visuals are key though!

Conclusion:

An excellent first sewing project for someone like myself and I may venture into doing a few little cloth napkins next. Watch out kids because matching jammies could be on the horizon!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Janet

Mission: Whip up a little something for my home with a perfect corner!  It’s always great to learn new (and easier) ways to get great results!

 

Details:

  • I read the instructions, and decided right away that I would have no use for fabric napkins. Instead, I would make a dish towel for my kitchen.
  • I have a lot of extra fabric scraps from past sewing projects, so I dug through those first before running to the craft store. Alas, I came across a floral linen fabric that would be perfect for this project!! Sweet success!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would suggest eye-balling (a technical sewing term) the ¼” fabric press, as it can be cumbersome to have it measured out perfectly. If you’re a perfectionist, which I am not, use a small ruler.

Have fun! Sewing can always be frustrating when you are a beginner, so go into any sewing project with an open mind and be sure to know that it probably won’t be perfect, but that just means it has character.

If you want to make a kitchen towel like I did, I cut the fabric to 17” x 24”.

Pros:

Such a great sewing technique to learn, I’m sure I will use this technique again.

Super easy, definitely a good project for a beginner! Good way to use extra fabric.

Cons:

The fabric I used isn’t ideal for a towel, but I was successful at not having to make a trip to the craft store!

Conclusion:

Overall, a quick and easy project to whip out. I don’t see any use with fabric napkins, but could see it would be fun to make them for a special occasion or a holiday meal.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Katie

Mission: Make napkins in any print/fabric of your choice

 

 

Details:

This was my very first attempt at sewing….ever.

I received the fantastic brother as a birthday gift. I got very frustrated trying to create the mitered corners per the instructions…it’s me, not the instructions…I’m terrible with anything resembling math, especially geometry and so I modified the way that I cut the corners. They are not the “perfect edge” but look just fine from the front side of the fabric.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t use the pins. I forgot all about them.

Pros:

There are endless possibilities for fabric choices; great décor piece to customize for party themes, gifts, etc.

Cons:

For a truly beginner sewer, it seemed like a lot of effort for a napkin.

Conclusion:

I’m sure with more practice, this would be a super quick and easy project to make for any occasion.

 

 

 

The darling DIY Napkin and it’s photo by Lindsey of Hot Polka Dot

 

P.S.  Try kicking this project up a notch by adding your own touch.  Check out our Stamped Napkins Review


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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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