Sweet Valentine Treat Bags

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and giving something sweet to someone I love is my favorite way to celebrate!  It’s Jill Cornell here today with quick-and-easy treat bags to fill with goodies for someone special. (Complete supplies and instructions can be found in the February 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things).

I simply took glassine bags (which are somewhat transparent) and filled them up with treats. Then I decorated each bag. Pebbles, Inc. has a beautiful Valentine-themed collection called “With Love.” For the first bag, I added a transparent doily from Maya Road and a punched paper border. I folded the bag over and then clipped a gift tag, punched heart, and masking tape sticker to the bag with a decorative clothespin.

For the second bag, I cut a paper doily (found at craft stores) in half and punched a heart border strip from patterned paper. The bag was folded over and then I added another gift tag, masking tape sticker, punched heart, and tied the gift tag with twine before adding the cute clothespin.

Finally, I punched a heart border strip, added another transparent doily, and the gift tag with punched heart and masking tape sticker. I added a ribbon bow to the top of the tag and clipped it to the bag with a clothespin.

And now I have beautifully decorated bags to share with someone special!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Love Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

‘Tis the season… for love! Stitch this elegant pillow to create a romantic atmosphere in your home this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • 14-count white Aida, 12″x10″
  • White satin or fabric of choice (pillow backing), 12″x10″
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Gathered white lace of choice, 1-1/2” wide, 1-1/2 yards

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Fiberfill (for pillow stuffing)
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approx finished size: 8-5/8” w x 6-3/4” h; stitch count 120 w x 95 h

Pillow

1. Print pattern and key.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch design as shown using 1 strand Gray, Med (Anchor 400) embroidery floss.

4. To create pillow, cut 12”x10” pillow backing; zigzag stitch around edges to prevent raveling. Position pillow backing on work surface and secure lace with pins around outside edges, matching selvages. (Note: Lace should be laying inward, against pillow backing.) Baste lace to pillow backing; remove pins. Place cross-stitched pillow front on pillow backing with right sides together, matching selvages. Secure with pins. Stitch pillow together using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving 4″ opening for turning. Trim seams and clip corners; turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed.

by Pamela Kellogg

Victorian Sachets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Who looks forward to laundry day? It’s the lucky crafter who knows that with every load she’ll have another dryer sheet for making these sweetly-scented sachets!

Materials

  • Recycled fabric softener sheets, two
  • Victorian-themed rub-on transfers of choice
  • Trim of choice, 14” length
  • Pearl string, 3mm, 7” length

Tools

  • Rose petals, lavender buds, or scented batting (filler)
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Sewing machine with matching thread
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle

Directions

Sizes

Sizes shown are 2-1/2” square and 2-1/2”x4”. (Note: Materials listed are for one sachet only.)

Sachet

1. For small sachet, cut three 3-1/2” squares from fabric softener sheets and one 3-1/2” square from iron-on adhesive. (Note: For large sachet, cut same number 3-1/2”x5” rectangles instead.)

2. Fuse iron-on adhesive to one fabric softener sheet square/rectangle; remove paper backing. Apply rub-on transfer to adhesive side of sheet; fuse additional sheet on top of design.

3. With right sides together, sew fused sheets to remaining sheet with 1/4” seam, leaving one side open. Turn right side out; stuff with filler of choice.

4. Turn under raw edges and stitch closed. Hand sew trim around edges. Tie bow from pearl string; stitch to sachet.

5. Apply light coat of varnish over design. Let dry.

Tip

  • Add a drop or two of scented essential oil to batting.

Other Options

  • Embellish sachets with fabric paint.
  • Create different shaped sachets.

by Yvonne Lord

3D Valentine Heart

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Heartfelt Creations’ innovative matching dies and stamp sets to create this incredible dimensional Valentine. The heart folds flat for mailing, then pops up to surprise the recipient.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour Paper Collection (HCDP1 228)
  • Cream cardstock

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Passage To My Heart (HCP 3506), Timeless Sentiments (HCPC 3509), Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Vintage Floret (HCD 727), Timeless Amour (HCD 728)
  • Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • Dark brown dye ink pad
  • Markers: pink, green
  • Crystal ultra-fine glitter
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tools: Molding Mat (159223), Tool Kit (459222)
  • Art Institute Glitter Products: Metal Glue Tip (352854), Designer Dries Clear Glue (159723)
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, small alligator clips, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

7”x5”

Valentine

1. Cut 7”x5” panel from corner of floral Timeless Amour paper, cutting corner that features faded shutter image. Distress and sponge panel edges with dark brown ink.

2. Stamp brown sentiment at center right of panel.

3. Stamp dark brown flourish heart image onto cream cardstock; trace swirl lines with pink marker and color background leaves green. Die cut image.

4. To create rosebud and leaves, follow step-by-step tutorial at: http://youtu.be/wF0ka1vdK7Q.

5. Die cut five decorative hearts from dark burgundy Timeless Amour paper; fold each heart in half with burgundy side to center. To create dimensional 3D heart effect, view video at: http://youtu.be/NvaBTCCSXF4.

6. Fit Designer Dries Clear glue bottle with metal tip; accent stamped heart image, rosebud and leaves, and background paper as desired with glue, then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

7. Assemble card as shown in photo, gluing dimensional heart pop-up over stamped heart.

Tip

Use a fast-drying liquid glue to adhere heart pieces together for 3D embellishment; use small alligator clips to clamp pieces together while drying.

by Emma Lou Beechy for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)