Make the cutest mini valentine from a matchbox with a tiny hand-sewn heart plushy inside. This would make a very sweet gift for somebody special!
Everything is better in mini, don’t you think?
Cupcakes, houses, cars, donuts, groceries (we have a most enormous collection of them thanks to the Coles Supermarket promotion)… and now, valentines!
This adorable hand-sewn heart in a matchbox would be perfect for someone you love. It has been created by talented contributor Muhaimina Fiaz, from The Craftoholic Witch
How to make a matchbox mini Valentine
You will need:
- Soft felt
- Needle and thread
- Craft glue
- Coloured craft papers
- Confetti or any kind of craft decor
Cut a small heart shape from red coloured craft paper (or any colored craft paper you want). Cut out a basic pencil shape from a white craft paper.
Fold the square part of the pencil shape cut out into half, keeping the triangular part intact.
Now fold the triangular part towards the square part. This will form a mini envelope pattern. Glue the heart cut out on the envelope to close. Keep in mind that the size of the envelope should be smaller than the matchbox.
Cover the outer part of the matchbox with colored craft paper. You can also cover the inner bottom surface of the inner part of the matchbox, with craft paper.
Glue the mini envelope (created in previous steps) on any one of the big flat sides of the matchbox. Use a black gel pen to write a message or quote on the matchbox. Draw any design you want. I did a swirly dash lines from the quote towards the envelope.
Cut out 2 same sized heart shapes from felt fabric. The size of the heart should be smaller than the matchbox, as it should fit inside the matchbox.
Prepare needle and thread. Place both heart cut outs together, making sure to match the sides of both heart cut outs.
Do simple running stitch around the sides to join both heart cut outs. Keep a small opening for stuffing the felt heart. Use scrap felt fabrics to stuff the felt heart. Insert the scrap felts through the small opening to stuff the heart.
Done stuffing the heart? Close the open end to secure the stuffing. Tie knots and cut off extra thread.
I used round confetti to decorate the small heart plush, Use craft glue to attach the confetti on the heart plush. Allow the glue to dry entirely.
Place the heart inside the inner part of the match box and cover it with the outer part.
You could even put a tiny letter inside the matchbox with the heart plush. So cute!
More cute and easy Valentine craft ideas
• These heart pillows from repurposed fabric art are so colourful
• Make some funny paper heart people with this printable template
• Make an adorable paper roll love bug, this is a fun craft for preschoolers
• Here is a pretty paper craft heart ornament
• Do you know anyone who would love a hand-sewn sweetheart bookmark?