Go ahead and buy candy, but don’t neglect a handmade Valentine gift for your mini-sweethearts! There’s nothing more heartfelt than something you’ve made, so choose a project or three and start stitching. Your little ones will love what you make and appreciate the care you thread into every stitch!
Be still my heart. This Heart Backpack from the Sew Much Ado blog is SO adorable! Abby, a gifted, professional pattern designer, created this charming hold-all for her sweet daughter. It’s a Valentine gift your mini-me is sure to love, too! Fully lined with adjustable straps, Abby’s excellent instructions will lead to a sturdy backpack usable for school or sleepover times.
Supplies include quilting cottons or home décor fabric along with interfacing, fusible fleece and a few other things on the detailed list. Abby generously linked a free pattern download in her post along with valuable instructions for zipper insertion. She uses a “tab end” method for the zipper that you can use for many other projects, too. When your pretty pack is done, you can fill it with a few surprises for shenanigans as Abby suggests! Click here for the Heart Backpack tutorial.
Fabric Covered Notebook
A Fabric Covered Notebook is a fun, functional Valentine gift and Deby of So Sew Easy designed the perfect one! Whether you use a heart or an alternate shape, her patchwork design is a definite winner. Deby’s notebook is a great way to learn reverse applique and you’ll have a wonderful time choosing fabrics. You’ll create your own template and, following the marvelous instructions, stitch a cover that’s just right for your chosen notebook. A handy, appliqued pocket is hiding inside as a delightful surprise! Click here for the Fabric Covered Notebook tutorial.
Heart in Hand Gloves
When I became a mother, my heart swiftly flew from my chest and landed firmly in the hands of my child. So, what better to make our minis than Heart in Hand gloves as a Valentine gift! Elizabeth of Simple Simon and Co. designed this charming, quick project you can create from purchased gloves or mittens. She used felt and a little glue and thread that you may already have at home. Elizabeth’s directions include just three simple steps and a sweet printable you can include as a tag. So lovely and easy to stitch that you’ll need a pair, too! Click here for the Heart in Hand Glove tutorial.
Ferdinand, a Frog Prince with Heart
If you’re going to make a softie, Abby of the While She Naps blog and podcast is a flawless guide! As a pattern designer and author, Abby creates fabulous, detailed instructions that are a joy to follow. You’ll love sewing Ferdinand with his hook-and-loop hands, golden crown and plush heart. He’s the perfect Valentine gift for any little (or big!) sweetheart in your life.
Abby provides downloadable pattern templates and a link if you’d like the pattern emailed to you as a PDF. The hints, tips and techniques she provides are clear and confidence inspiring. Tricks like pre-stuffing the limbs make Ferdinand a ribbey-great making pleasure. Beware though – softie sewing is definitely addictive! Click here for the Ferdinand Frog tutorial.