Groundhog Day/Candlemas is over and Phil the groundhog declared that we have six more weeks of winter left. Meanwhile, it was overcast and rainy hear, so I am wondering if Phil’s predictions count for the West Coast or if we get our own prediction. Regardless of the weather, Valentine’s Day is only twelve days away! This is one time of year when I am very happy that I homeschool my children, as I don’t have to deal with giving Valentines for a whole class. Still, even as homeschoolers, it seems that we invariably have one Valentine celebration that we have to bring a number of Valentines to. I always struggle with this. I hate giving out meaningless store bought Valentine’s that I know the kids will just throw away. Plus, I always try to respect other parents’ values by not giving out candy, as most of our acquaintances don’t allow their children to eat much, if any, candy. Plus, there are always food allergies, food dyes, and political correctness to worry about, such that I feel like the holiday has become a virtual minefield when dealing with other families (actually it kind of feels like every holiday and playdate has gotten to be like that).
The best answer I have found for the annual Valentine dilemma is to make Valentines by hand. Of course, this is nice in theory, but not always so nice in practice when my hands start to cramp from sewing 50 felt envelope Valentines. This year, we do not have such a large Valentine exchange to deal with, so I decided to make Valentines Day felt bookmarks. It is my belief that one can never have too many bookmarks! To make these, I cut two pieces of same-sized felt. I used a regular paper hole puncher to punch a hole in each piece.
I then decorated one piece of felt for each bookmark with embroidery and/or felt pieces that I attached with fabric glue. By decorating it first, you can hide the back side of your embroidery stitches between the two pieces of felt. I then sewed the two pieces together. Here I used a blanket stitch, but I have been experimenting with several stitches.
Finally, I pulled a ribbon through the holes and tied it into a knot.
Here I used several embroidery floss strands in lieu of a ribbon, because I didn’t have any matching ribbon.
For this bookmark, I actually cut a heart out of the light purple fabric so that the dark purple shows through. I also trimmed the sides with pinking shears to give it a different look. Mostly, I’ve just been kind of goofing around, experimenting with different styles, trying to find my favorite.
So if you have any felt scraps lying around, why don’t you give these a try! They were super easy to make and I’m sure anyone who actually knows how to embroider properly would finish them even faster than I did (like 15 minutes each). Sola loves them and keeps taking them for herself, so I’ve been trying to crank them out as fast I can.
If you need help with embroidery, I’m including my embroidery Pinterest board below. There are lots of good tutorials from people much talented than myself when it comes to embroidery!