Tiny Valentines

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt


Approximately 3, 3-1/2, and 4 inches tall


Read through all directions before beginning.


For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com



You Will Need:

Material:  Scraps of contrasting material (at least 4 different prints)


Mechanical pencil


Rusty bell (or rust a plain bell with recipe and instructions included)

Decorative button

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

 Rusting:  White vinegar, peroxide, salt, paper towels, sprits bottle, large plastic container.

 Staining:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil.  Optional for staining:  Old cookie sheet, rags, wax paper, glass jar with lid.




All Valentines:

#1.  Print out valentine patterns and trace on wrong side of double material. 

#2.  Sew on traced lines; do NOT leave an opening.  Cut out about 1/4inch away from sewn lines.

#3.  On back, cut a small sit for turning.  Clip curves and turn. 

#4.  Stuff firmly; sew openings shut.

#5.  Stain with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.


Valentine #1 (Smallest):

#1.  Print out bow pattern and trace on wrong side of single layer material; cut out.

#2.  Stain with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.

#3.  Fashion into a bow and glue to front of heart.


Valentine #2 (Middle):

#1.  Print out cheesecloth bow pattern; trace on single layer cheesecloth.  Cut out.

#2.  Stain with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.

#3.  Fashion into a bow and either glue or sew to front of heart.

#4.  Sew a rusty bell to center of bow.  NOTE:  If you don't have a rusty bell, follow the recipe and instructions given below for rusting.


Valentine #3 (Largest):

#1.  Print out both bow patterns; trace both on wrong side of single layer material.  Cut out.

#2.  With your fingernails, scrape along all edges to fray out.

#3.  Stain with recipe and instructions given below at the end of these directions.

#4.  Layer the hearts with the largest on bottom and hand sew a gathering stitch up the center of both leaving enough thread at both ends to pull for gathering.   Pull to gather.

#5.  Sew a decorative button to center of bows.

Staining:  Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 1/4 cup Vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay what you’re staining here.  With a sponge brush or spray bottle thoroughly coat.  Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven.   Store left over stain mixture in glass jar with lid for your next primitive project.

Rusting Recipe:  Combine 2 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup peroxide and 2 tablespoons salt in a large plastic container; soak for 4 hours.  Remove to paper towels, spritz with peroxide and spread salt on them.  Let sit for another 2 hours. NOTE:  This recipe calls for a large container as this recipe foams up pretty quickly.

 You're done with Tiny Valentines.  I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I enjoyed designing them.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com


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I DO NOT offer refunds on my craft patterns.  Once you have received your pattern, the sale is complete.  All of my craft patterns are copyrighted.  You may create a reasonable amount of items from my patterns for craft fairs, bazaars, craft malls, and auctions as long as you give Lillie Mae's Crafts credit for the design.  You MAY NOT mass produce items from my patterns.  Copying for any reason at all is strictly prohibited.  You DO NOT have permission to alter them in any way.  No wholesaling of items made from my patterns.  My patterns are not to be shared or redistributed in any form without my express permission.  If you have any questions, please ask before you purchase.  Feel free to e-mail me at lilliemaescrafts@lilliemaescrafts.com


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