It's that time of year again, when I pull out my craft supplies and get busy making Valentines. I make them for my daughter to take to school and for friends and family near and far. This year's design, was inspired by finger knitting. Strange, but true. My daughter and many of her schoolmates are really into finger knitting, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate yarn or wool into their Valentines this year. I did a quick inspiration search online and found a vintage knitting Valentine with the phrase, "Wool you be my Valentine?" I thought that was pretty cute and my daughter liked it too. From there, I made the leap to a fuzzy wool sheep and immediately knew I wanted to use some of my felted wool sweaters. We changed the spelling of "you" to "ewe" and this is what we came up with.
I always enjoy sharing my projecst, so....are EWE ready to make some Valentines? Here's how to do it...
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES:
*felt or fabric cut into approx. 2 x 2 1/2 inch ovals (I did this freehand...no need to be perfect. If you are really motivated, you could even try to cut a scalloped edge.)
*heart punch (optional)
Felting Tip: I find wool and cashmere sweaters at thrift stores all the time and always snap them up to make felt with. They usually have holes in them, so I have no qualms about cutting them up to make something new. Felting them at home in your washer keeps them from fraying and makes a nice sturdy material to work with. Just wash them in hot water and dry on high heat...it may take a few cycles to get them where you want them, but it's easy.
STEP 1: Save the image below to your computer by right clicking and saving. Print it out on 3.5 x 5" cardstock just like you would a photo. You may need to adjust your printer's settings to do this. (I cut down an assortment of 8.5 x 11" sheets I had left over from other projects, but you can also buy pre-cut "4 bar" sized cards from places like Paper Source. If you would rather print four-to-a-page and cut apart after, here is a PDF file for you... Download Wool Ewe Be My Valentine.)
STEP 3: Lay your ovals face down in a box or on some paper; then spray the backs with spray adhesive. (I used a paper lined pizza box leftover from the previous night's dinner....using a box helps contain the spray, so you don't end up with adhesive all over your floor.)
STEP 4: Apply your felt ovals to the printed cards.
STEP 5: Glue on google eyes and punched hearts if you wish.
I thought they looked pretty cute at this point and could have called it quits, but something was missing. I was feeling a strong urge to add glitter. So glitter I did...all 45 of 'em!
KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Pour plain white glue into a shallow dish and pour glitter into a second dish. Dip just the edge of the card into the glue and then into the glitter...repeat for all four sides. (Be sure to check the back too, so you don't end up with sticky bald spots on the back.) Set them out somewhere to dry.
And, voila! The finished product is pretty darn sweet if I do say so myself.