Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I can’t pass up the excuse to tackle some love-themed projects. Because when it comes to quilting, sewing and crafting, who can resist any reason to make something fun and festive? Count me interested! So whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, S.A.D., or just another day of the year, take a quick few seconds to scroll through and see if anything tickles your fancy. We all know that handmade has precedence over store bought, plus you’ll have fun making it! It’s a win-win way to bring a little extra love and joy to a cold winter day.
No Sew Valentine Decor
Cut, press, glue, hang. Did you see ‘sew’ anywhere in those instructions? I didn’t think so. Did you see gold pleather in the materials list? You betcha. Banners are a great, simple way to change wall decor throughout the year. So go ahead and add a few hugs and kisses to your wall this February - when they’re this easy to make, why the heck not!?
Eight different hearts made from easy to find craft supplies. I think the hardest part of this project is having to measure the wall to make sure the nails and hooks are evenly spaced. And just imagine how cute one of those hearts would look using tiny fabric trimmings, like dog-ear confetti or super skinny fabric strips? Dig in to your fabric trash for ways to upcycle into these adorable little heart artworks.
Hand Sewn Felt Valentine Tutorials
How cute is it that these hearts came from the idea that two people would each carry around a little stuffed fabric heart and that when one is missing the other, they can hold the heart and feel closer together. Adorable! I also think that these would make a sweet mobile or garland. And the little note pocket would make these perfect for creating a tiny advent calendar! Just add a love note, a few words of gratitude, or even a little treat for 14 days of countdown kindness.
This nearly-cross-stitched heart on felt is almost too darling to tuck into your pocket! And like the sentiment of the Sweetheart Charms above, your loved one is bound to think about you when they’re holding these warm little hearts in their chilly hands. If you prefer a cotton hand warmer, there is a flannel, machine stitched tutorial in this winter holiday round up you can try instead!
Cute, cheap and easy. Enough said.
I feel like there’s a really bad ‘that’s what she said’ joke or some other clever quip waiting to be discovered here, but there are more tutorials to be shared so I’m moving on ;)
I have to admit, my favorite part about this was the funny “I love your stupid face” flag! But these softies are easy to make, especially because they leave the guess work out by providing a printable template for the bodies of these little cuties! And since they’re entirely hand-sewn, these would also make a great, easy project to do together with the bigger kids in your life (who can safely handle needle and thread).
I think these envelopes are so fun! A great, reusable way to add a little handmade touch to any valentine. And don’t you agree they be great for holding gift cards! I especially like the button closure and the stamp detail. If you’re looking for a slightly smaller envelope/gift card holder, this tutorial is really simply too.
I think books make some of the very best gifts, but occasionally a book on it’s own isn’t quite enough. Enter: the easy reading pillow! No piping, zippers, appliqué or binding tape required. Just ~2 yards of fabric and less than an hour to whip up this fun and simple pillow. If you’re desperate to add more Valentine’s Day flair to this otherwise holiday-neutral pillow, you can add some embroidered hearts, choose a fabric that’s very ‘Valentine-y’, or just add in a Valentine book! Like Pete The Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!, or Love Monster.
I don’t know if my favorite is the easy appliqué LOVE letters, the fact they are outlines, or the super fun, retro floral fabric! Seal it with a zipper closure, or make it easy on yourself with an envelope backing. Either way, this pillow can easily be left out on your bed or couch year-round.
Patchwork pillows are such fun to make. You get all of the joy of quilting, like cutting and piecing, but the basting and quilting portions (my least favorite bits) are so fast and easy that it doesn’t feel like a chore! Take a few simple granny squares, make them in fun Valentine’s Day colors, et voila! Another great pillow that can be used for holiday or year-round.
Okay, so not technically a pillow, but kind of! And this little scrappy heart can easily use up lots of fabric scraps from your stash (you know you have them). Every sewist (sewer? sew person? anyways, you get it..) needs a pincushion, and this cutie would make a sweet gift for all those sewing friends in your life! Or just make one for yourself, I won’t tell ;)
Heart Quilt Blocks
These quick hearts go together quickly, and the straightforward instructions give you seven (yes, 7!) different sizes so you can mix and match and patchwork to your hearts content! Use a few to make a mini quilt, mug rug, wall hanging, or go nuts and make quilts of many sizes! Be sure to browse the hearts roundup for other ideas on how to use this block.
This hourglass / quarter-square triangle patchwork quilt block is actually for a mini quilt (just one heart), but how cute would this be to make a full quilt from it! Use up some charm pack squares to make hearts from a fabric line (like these Bonnie & Camille basics), or this makes a great stash-buster project too. Ohhh, what if you made each heart in a different color? Like a rainbow of true love blocks! Someone make that, please.
This quilt was made by Amy for her Paperie fabric line back in 2015. I loved it then and I love it still! I don’t think of these as broken hearts, but two halves of a whole. Each block is about 7”, and her free pattern provides measurements for a 51” x 64” throw quilt. Of course, this baby size (shown) is so cute too - I especially love the grey frame and the peachy-pink binding! If you’re looking for more inspiration using this pattern, check out #halfheartedpattern on Instagram.
More Valentine DIYs
If you didn’t see something here you want to make, I’ve got a whole Pinterest board full of other projects to make for Valentine’s Day! Do you have a favorite Valentine DIY? Feel free to share it in the comments. Happy making!