Do you have a Valentine Wearable picked out for your little one? You can easily stitch up an accessory, upcycle a tee or create a new dress with just a bit of time and fabric!
Twirly Valentine Dress
There’s nothing more joyful than a girl with a twirl and this delightful red dress is definitely full of joy. Blogger Sara of The Sara Project created a beautiful circle skirt dress with under a yard of crimson knit fabric. Designed for a toddler, you can easily adapt Sara’s design for an older child – maybe even you! Following her easy directions, you’ll use an existing t-shirt to craft a bodice pattern and a neck facing. Sara links another tutorial in her post for the circle skirt portion of this Valentine Wearable. While Sara advises using a zig zag stitch for knit sewing on a sewing machine you will, of course, wisely use Coats Eloflex Stretch Thread! Click here for the Twirly Dress tutorial.
Knit Heart Dress or Tee
If time is short, you may want to make your Valentine Wearable with a purchased Tee or Dress. These super-cute Heart Dresses were designed by Alexia of the Sewing Rabbit blog team for her sweet twin daughters. Having twins means your sewing time is short, so this is a nice quick project! You’ll need just a few bits of different fabrics and coordinating Eloflex Stretch Thread. If you ‘re a reverse applique newbie, knit fabrics and the great instructions in this tutorial are a good way to start. Alexia made new dresses using a ready-to-wear dress as a pattern. You could easily add this applique right to a dress or tee that you buy instead! Click here for the Heart Dress tutorial.
Ruffled Heart Top
Awww, ruffles . . .how we love you on our little sweeties! If you or your little lady are ruffle fans, the Ruffled Heart Top I found on the See Kate Sew blog is the perfect Valentine Wearable for you. Guest blogger Terra used a long strip of fabric and wrote quick, easy instructions so you can create her ruffled heart. You can start your Top (or dress!) from scratch with a pattern or add this enchanting design to a purchased tee! Although the project is simple, you’ll appreciate the hints and tips for success that Terra includes in her post. Click here for the Ruffled Heart Top tutorial.
Monogrammed Valentine T-Shirt
We’ve looked at ruffled and reverse applique hearts, but maybe you’re craving a monogram on a basic, sewn-on heart. If that’s the case, Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker has you covered – in hearts, of course! Although, simple, it’s always nice to have an expert “hold your hand” when you’re creating and you’ll love Leslie’s easy steps. If you’ve never sewn applique before, you can gain confidence by checking out other posts she links in her tutorial. Supplies include scraps of fabric and fusible web, plus templates for a heart and your chosen monogram. It could be your wee sweetie’s initial or just the word Love – your choice! Leslie used a die cutting machine for her templates, but you can easily find shapes online to print, cut and use. Click here for the Valentine Tee Applique tutorial.
Onesie With a Tie
Girly tops and dresses are marvelous, but we mustn’t forget a Valentine Wearable for our little gentlemen. You could add a heart to a tee or onesie for your favorite mini guy, but how about a not-so-formal tie? Back on the See Kate Sew blog, Kate offers a great tutorial for a handsome, yet easy tie applique. Designed to let the bottom of the tie “fly free”, just the knot is stitched on. Soooo adorable and simple, you’ll want to make one for every holiday! Click here for the Tie Onesie tutorial.
You can top off your Valentine Wearable with an adorable heart headband for your darling’s lovely hair! Using a purchased headband, a little fabric and felt and a bit of glue, you can create a fabulous adornment. Tasha, guest blogger on the Somewhat Simple blog lays out easy-to-follow steps for this quick and captivating project. I do suggest that instead of gluing the heart together, you using your stitching skills. I’ve seen what little ones do with their accessories and I think the stitching would hold up better than glue. You know what I mean – headband on, headband off, toss in air and repeat! Click here for the Heart Headband tutorial.
Choose your project, pick your supplies and get busy now. There’s still plenty of time before February 14th. A cup of love, a dash of fabric and a pinch of sewing adds up to adorable little wearables for Valentine’s Day!