Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ben's Valentine's Gift

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In the interest of "being real"

I must disclose that I'm not much of a Valentine's person.

Maybe it's all the pink (ick)
or the feeling of forced lovey-doveyness
or the fact that it falls in my least fave time of year...
probably "D", all of the above.

So really it's a minor miracle that this happened at all.
In my 1.5 year(s) of blogging, I don't have the best track record when it comes to V-day crafting
(see above statements).

Last year, I did complete my LOVE mini-quilt/banner,
but by the time I posted it, it was approximately 9 pm on the 14th.
you're welcome blogosphere.

No matter!
I did put together two of these quasi-valentine's gifts for Ben and his lady-friend, Lucy.
I originally intended them to be Christmas gifts,
and guess what?
Didn't order the books on time.
Shocking, I know.

All is well, t hough, because V day is about love
and there are few things that I love more than books.
and felt.
and kraft paper with twine.

The book is one of my favorites from childhood,
that I've been wanted to purchase for Ben since I got pregnant.

It's The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

The gist: a postman delivers mail to different fairytale characters
The best part: yes, there's actual mail that you can open and read.

Take a look! It's in a book! Reading Rainbow!!!

To go with the books,
I got these cute little mailboxes from the dollar bins at Target.

Then made felt envelopes to put inside (tutorial below).
and some heart, of course.

Felt Mail Tutorial

Step One:

Cut felt as pictured here.
Easy enough, yes?

Step Two:

Sew on a rectangular "stamp" in contrasting color.
I zigzag stitched around to keep it in place.

On some of them, I also sewed a zigzag for the "writing".

Step Three:

Fold the envelope so the sides match up and sew along each side (as pictured)
I did some with a straight stitch and some with a zigzag stitch.

Step Four:

I sewed a crease into the top of some of the envelopes so the flap would stay down, and the others I just tucked the flap in.

And done!

So cute.

Wrap it up
and gift away!

Happy V Day, all!


  1. yep gonna copy you on this idea. hoping target still has the mailboxes!

    1. Yes! You should! As of last night, they were still in my target, so here's to hoping! :)

  2. for "not being a valentines day person", you certainly can pull off quite a gift!

    1. haha. Thanks, Jodi. The key, obviously, is that I only made two and don't have to think about a whole class (yet).

  3. Oh my goodness, I loved that book when I was little! What a cute DIY gift!


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