Valentines from the Heart

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    Valentine Pockets

    For each pocket, you will need: a heart pattern, tracing paper, a pencil, scissors, red felt, white embroidery floss, a needle, white paper, and a black pen.

    1. 1.

      Trace Heart Pattern 1 on this page and cut it out. Trace the copied pattern onto the felt twice, then cut out the two hearts.

      Heart pattern

      Heart Pattern 1

    2. 2.

      Thread the needle with three strands of embroidery floss and tie a knot at the end. Whipstitch (bring the needle up through the felt, then around the edge of the fabric, and up through felt again; repeat) the hearts together except at the top (see illustrations).

    3. 3.

      From the white paper, cut out a slightly smaller heart to fit inside the valentine pocket, or cut a strip of paper 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (4 cm x 9 cm).

    4. 4.

      Write a valentine message on the paper, then slip it inside the pocket.

    Laced Valentine

    For each laced heart, you will need: the heart pattern, tracing paper, a pencil, scissors, construction paper, a hole punch, a 15″ (38 cm) piece of yarn, and a black pen.

    1. 1.

      Trace Heart Pattern 2; cut it out. Trace the copied pattern onto the construction paper twice and cut out both hearts.

      heart pattern 2(click to view larger)

      Heart Pattern 2

    2. 2.

      Put the hearts together and carefully punch holes around the edges (see illustration).

    3. 3.

      Starting at the middle of the top, and leaving a 5″ (13 cm) tail, lace the yarn all the way around the heart. Tie a knot close to the heart, trim the yarn ends to 4″ (10 cm), then knot the ends.

    4. 4.

      Write a valentine message on the heart.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki