Kid’s Valentine Artist Kit
I hope everyone had a super fabulous Christmas and New Year’s!
If you are like me you are having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Today’s project is a simple one to ease you back into it. I’m actually making them for my Primary kids for Valentine’s Day. After not finishing some of the Christmas gifts I had planned this year, I decided I better start getting things going earlier. Since it is for Valentine’s Day, I put hearts on all of them for the boys and the girls. The symbol of love is universal and unisex enough, right? Ha! If you don’t agree, it’s easy enough to skip that step and finish it without the heart or add a different shape.
Here’s what it looks like fully loaded. It fits a mini notebook, a pack of eight crayons, and a small pack of stickers or whatever treasures you want to add to your second pocket. You can slip the notebook inside the pocket of just the covers so the paper is exposed and ready to be drawn upon.
Let’s get started.
- Two fat quarters (or one fat quarter and some smaller scraps)
- Heart template (download and print)
- Fusible Pellon interfacing
- 7″ square scrap of felt for the heart
- Pellon Wonder Under, sewable basting adhesive, or pins
- A marking pen
- small elastic (1/8″)
- A button
- Needle and thread
*1/4″ seam allowance on all seams.
Cut your fabrics to the following sizes:
- (1) 17″ x 6″ (for the front)
- (2) 4.5″ x 6″ (inside)
- (1) 8.5″ x 6″ (inside)
- (1) 4.5″ x 10.5″ (notebook pocket)
- (1) 4.5″ x 9.5″ (sticker pocket)
- (1) 8.5″ x 6.5″ (crayon pockets)
Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your fabrics, following the package’s directions.
Fold your pocket fabrics (all three) down and top stitch the top edge (not the raw edges).
Take your crayon pocket and lay it on top of your 8.5″ x 6″ inside piece. Line it up so that the bottom raw edge of your pocket matches up with the raw edges on the bottom of your inside piece and tack down on the three raw edges’ sides.
Now let’s make the spots for your crayons to fit. Measure in 1 1/4″ from one side and mark a line. Then mark 1″ lines all the way across until the end where you should have 1 1/4″ left.
Sew along your lines, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
TIP: Start from the top by your top stitching on the crayon pocket when sewing your lines to avoid any awkward fabric bunching.
Now that we’re done with the crayon pockets, we will sew on our two other pockets. To do so, sandwich your fabrics in this order, lined up on the left:
- Bottom: the crayon pocket (face up)
- Middle: your top stitched notebook pocket (face down)
- Top: One of your inside 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, face down.
Line all of them up and sew together, just one seam down the left side. I like to arrange them how they will look when finished and then just flip the pocket and backing over onto the crayon pocket side and pin.
Repeat with the other pocket on the right side. Press open.
Tack your pockets down on the outside and bottoms just to ensure there is no funny business while we finish it off.
Set the finished inside piece aside and grab your Wonder Under, felt, and your main front piece (the 17″ x 6″ strip).
Trace your heart onto the smooth side of the Wonder Under. Cut around the hearts and iron on to the back of your felt following the directions on the back of the Wonder Under package.
Cut out your hearts and peel off the paper backing from the Wonder Under. Take your front piece and fold in the sides. Place your heart shapes on the ends so that it makes a heart. Match them up, making sure you have 1/4″ leeway on the top and bottom so they won’t get caught in your seam.
Take it over to the ironing board and iron in place. Stitch them in place.
Grab your elastic and button. Wrap the elastic around the button loosely, add 1/4″ to that and cut off. Fold your elastic in half and tack it in the middle along the raw edge on one of your heart sides.
Pin the front and back of your little artist kit, right sides together. Make sure the pockets and the heart are both facing up. Sew all the way around, leaving a two- to three-inch opening in the middle at the top for turning.
Turn and press. Pin your opening closed and top stitch.
Almost done! All we have left is attaching the button. You’ll need a needle and thread for this and your button.
Fold the sides of your kit in so that the heart matches up and then find your button placement right across from your elastic. Sew on your button, making sure not to sew through your pocket on the backside. Sew it so the knot will be hidden inside your pocket. Tie off and you are done.