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Creativity 521 #39 - A Heart for My Valentine

By A Happy Mum @A_Happy_Mum
I can't say I am a very romantic person but I do like to make 14th of February a special day. Special doesn't have to mean a luxurious dinner or a colossal bouquet, but it does mean we will get together, hold hands and be thankful for how we have come so far as a couple and remain as deeply in love as a decade ago.
While I like to surprise the hubby with a gift, I don't like to spend too much money on it and just so you know, I don't really wish to spend too much time on it too because hello, I have two kids at home yelling for my attention every five minutes.
So for this year's Valentine's, I decided to get him a book he has always wanted and just to add that special, loving touch, I did a personalised DIY felt heart bookmark. It's simple, straightforward yet sincere and sweet. Care to see how it is done?
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineMaterials:
1) Felt
2) Embroidery thread
3) Scissors
4) Needle
5) Pencil
6) Cardboard
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineUsing a corner of the cardboard, draw and cut out a heart shape as shown. Try to make it as symmetrical as possible, if you are not confident of drawing freehand, use a ruler to measure and make dots in the middle and on the left and right before joining.
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineWith the cardboard as the template, trace and cut out two pieces of felt hearts in the color of your choice.
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineNow, it's time for stitching! You can choose to use a running stitch, hemming stitch or blanket stitch to attach the two hearts together along the two straight edges. Tip: Use an embroidery thread of contrasting color to make it stand out.
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineNext, let's personalise the bookmark! I like to put names so that these gifts become truly unique and one-of-a-kind. If you like, you can also stitch on shapes or even use embellishments like buttons. This time, make sure you stitch onto the front heart only. Tip: If you like a thinner font for the name, use three strands instead of the usual six.
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineTa-dah! And I just made a Valentine's Day gift! Easy, right? I love that these bookmarks are so convenient to use, easy to slot the page in and only jut out slightly when the book is closed.
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineIn fact, they were so fast to make that I decided to make one bookmark for each of us. Yayyy, I have a Valentine's gift for my kids and erm, myself!! I did all four in an afternoon while the girls were asleep, so if you have a chance to lay your hands on the materials, I am sure you can finish one within a short time. It's gonna make your special someone feel really special, right?
Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my ValentineSo, here's wishing everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY in advance! Stay in love and bliss always!
The rose is red, the violet's blue, 
The honey's sweet, and so are you. 
Thou are my love and I am thine; 
I drew thee to my Valentine: 
The lot was cast and then I drew, 
And Fortune said it shou'd be you
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Creativity 521 #39 - A heart for my Valentine

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