Thursday, February 3, 2011

Be Our Guest: Noodlehead Sews

Hi everyone, it's me, Anna, from noodlehead.  I was very honored that Kate asked me to guest blog today.  If you can't tell, I'm already in the valentines day mode, so here's what I'm sharing:
It's a fun little valentine that should be pretty appropriate for a wide variety of ages.  I think this would be an awesome project to start with for a child who's just learning to sew.  What could be more fun than making your own valentines, right?!
  • vellum
  • white cardstock
  • sewing machine, white thread, old sewing machine needle (used only for sewing on paper)
  • m&m's
  • color printer
Print the two downloadable sheets available here and here, they'll print off 6 to a page.  For the side with 'love mail' printed, I chose to use vellum paper.  You certainly wouldn't have to use vellum (available in packs in the scrapbooking isle at Hobby Lobby or Michaels - don't forget your coupon), instead just use regular 20# printer paper - you just won't be able to get that cool translucent look like the vellum does.  A little tip about printing on vellum: you'll want to give your sheets plenty of time to dry before cutting and sewing them up.  For the to/from side, I simply printed that on white cardstock.
Cut apart the valentines (there are 6 printed to a page).  Have your child address the valentine's to/from parts.  It's easier to do this now rather than try to write on them after you sew them together with the candies inside. 
Place one front piece and one back piece together. 
Sew around edges using a longer stitch length, mine was set to 3.0, but it could be different on your particular machine.  It'll just take you less time with a long stitch. 
When you get to the last side to sew, stop with your needle in the down position and wiggle your finger into the opening of the two papers and insert your m&ms!  (You for sure will want to wash your hands before doing this step or just use latex gloves.) 
Once you've tucked in about 20 candies, scoot them back away from the opening, squeeze the two papers together with your fingers and finish by sewing the last side shut!  No need to backstitch, just clip your threads and you're set. 


  1. that's so cute, anna! what a great idea. i am so going to use this.

  2. I just discovered this blog and I also love the idea of this cute love mail ... I will probably make a set ...

  3. This is so cute. My 4 1/2-year-old granddaughter is just learning to sew. We will definitely do this project together!

  4. Love the idea, really cute and versatile - a great project for children (oh! and adults as well)

  5. these are adorable!! I already made Valentines this year but these are on my to-do list for next year!

  6. eek! Such a sweet idea Anna! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Love it, Ana! I'm totally making these and sending them to my 12 year old son:) I've been searchin' the web for cool, fun valentines to make him- I think I just found my fave!

  8. Anna, these are adorable!! Such a cute idea!
    Thanks for sharing!!:)

  9. I LOVE these! Today I went and got the paper, printed them, cut them out. I wrote the names of all the little bubs in my five and a half month old daughters play group and Heidi did her little squiggle on them - now I just have to find red m&m's and I will give these to all the mums in our mums group! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial!! :)

  10. very cute and yet ANOTHER way to use your sewing machine!

  11. I LOVE I do with everything you do!! Thanks so much!!!