I find celebrating Valentine’s Day by recognizing friends a sweet way (yes, pun intended) to show my friends affection and appreciation. I think sending small Valentine’s gifts, like the Valentine’s cards we exchanged as children, a charming tradition to celebrate the holiday. This easy Valentine’s bag is an adorable way to share Valentine’s affection with a friend. Of course, a young child would also be thrilled with this Valentine’s Day gift.
This sweet little Valentine’s purse is a great beginner’s sewing project that only took about 20 minutes total to make.
I just love the texture and detail of that heart embellishment! It’s so pretty.
Easy Valentine’s Bag
The idea for this Valentine’s purse all started when I found this t-shirt with an elaborate heart embellishment on a trip to the thrift store. It would take me days and days to create a similar embellishment myself. Since it was winter and I knew there wouldn’t be any demand for a short-sleeve t-shirt (check out my tips on How to Go Thrift Store Shopping and Not Feel Guilty), I just had to get the shirt and find something to do with that gorgeous heart embellishment.
A friend of mine was having abdominal surgery and I wanted to give her a pre-surgery Valentine’s Day gift. I decided to use the heart to decorate a felt gift bag. I filled the gift bag with post-surgery gift items. How did I know what she’d need? Unfortunately, I learned a lot of Practical Tips for Recovering from an Appendectomy last year.
I cut out the heart with about a 3/4 inch border of t-shirt fabric. Since I was going for a handcrafted look, I just eyeballed cutting the border.
I cut a rectangle out of white felt. Again, I eyeballed the dimensions of the rectangle. I made the purse slightly larger than the heart. The rectangle was double that width and I added 1/4 of an inch on the side and bottom for seams.
I pinned the heart to the felt before I sewed the felt bag. I turned the unfinished edge of the t-shirt material under and sewed it to the bag by hand.
Once the heart was attached, I just sewed a simple seam 1/4 ” from the edge to form the bag.
It was a quick sewing project that only took about 20 minutes total. An easy Valentine’s Bag in less than a half an hour.
I know this will surprise you, but I just eyeballed the handles. They’re approximately 1 inch wide and when sewed on are about 1/3 the height of the bag. I handsewed the handles onto the inside edge of the bag.
Fill this Valentine’s Day gift bag with candy, fruit, a book, craft supplies, movie tickets, or whatever catches your fancy.
Make a spectacular and easy Valentine’s bag for your favorite Valentine. I was so charmed by this sweet Valentine’s purse that I almost didn’t give it to my friend.