I think making a special gift for Valentine's Day is such a sweet way to show friends and family that you care. These easy gift ideas are great to put together on a chilly day when you can't get outside, or when you are simply short on time.
Easy Valentine's Sewing Projects
- Fleece scarf: Fleece is an easy to work with fabric that does not fray and a scarf is basically a long, skinny rectangle, making a cozy scarf a quick and simple gift idea. For more details and step-by-step directions, check out my fleece scarf-making tutorial here on Stitching it Right.
- Heart-applique tote bag: Start with some sturdy denim fabric and a basic tote bag pattern, and a square of red fleece or felt. Cut out a chunky red heart and either zigzag stitch or hand sew it in the center of one other tote bag sides. Then stitch the tote bag together following the pattern directions.
- Walker tote: This gift idea is for people who have to use walkers. It's similar to the heart-applique tote idea, but instead of traditional bag straps, you'll need a pattern with a fabric flap that fastens around the front walker bar. One note: Make sure the pattern you choose has compartments to hold your loved one's needed items, such as a phone or the TV remote.
- Silky pajama bottoms: This is a bit harder than the other ideas, but if you choose a pattern labeled easy or beginner, you'll be amazed by how quickly these simple garments go together.
- Scented heart-shaped sachets: Cut out some small (about 4 inches tall and wide) heart shapes from felt or fleece, sew around the perimeter with a zigzag or other decorative stitch all but a 1-inch opening. Stuff some loose cotton batting inside the heart. stitch the gap shut. Sew or glue a small ribbon bow or rosette on the front of the heart, then spray perfume or cologne on the heart - kind of a lot - and let it soak in. Then your Valentine can just toss the sachet in a drawer and let the scent loose in the drawer. More scent can be added as needed, when it fades.