I know I have discussed my best girlfriends on the blog before. These are some of the sweetest, most fun and lovely ladies you will ever meet. They are the type of people who band together in someone’s time of need, and also in their time of celebration. We look out for each other, we miss each other terribly when we spend too long apart, and we are always on the lookout for reasons to get together and fun new adventures we can have. We are a fun bunch!
The last few years, we have started a tradition of getting together around Valentine’s Day to exchange valentines. Last year it was a big house party where we ate junk food and watched The Princess Bride, and this year it was a bit more intimate at a chic little restaurant in Winter Park called Hot Olives. We give all sorts of valentines to each other…Little notes, cards, boxed valentines, candy, trinkets, small gifts, crafts, etc. It’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with. And of course, it’s wonderful just to be able to take some time to express just how much we appreciate and care about each other. Not that we don’t the rest of the time, but we make it a little extra special at Valentine’s Day.
As soon as I knew I was getting a sewing machine, I knew what my first major undertaking would be; making something to give as valentines to my girlfriends! I searched for a small, quick, easy project that I could easily make several times over with some fun pink & red fabrics. A couple years ago, my mother-in-law made me a purse-sized tissue case, which I thought would be perfect. When shopping at JoAnn Fabrics a few days later, I stumbled upon some Valentine-print tissue packs, and that sealed the deal for me! I looked up a tutorial on Pinterest, and set to work on a few practice runs of the project. I had to adjust the size a bit for the tissue packs I was using.
You basically cut out four rectangles of fabric (you can make them with rectangles of different fabrics, or all the same…I kept mine the same this time), 4″ by 5.75″. The tutorial I used, which can be found over on Life In Grace, suggested 4″ by 5.25″, but as I said before, mine needed to be a little bigger for the tissue packs I got.
Take 2 of your rectangles and lay them wrong sides together. Fold 2 of your rectangles in half the long way and lay on top with the folded sides facing toward each other in the middle.
Pin everything in place.
Sew all the way around with a 1/4″ seam allowance and turn inside out once you are done. Insert the tissue pack. And that’s it! Simple, simple, simple. If you have a sewing machine, you can do this, trust me.
To make them a little more special, I included a little valentine from a box (mine are Glee valentines this year…love that show!), and a Valentine-themed lip balm, all tied with a Valentine’s Day ribbon! So festive!
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