Plaid Flannel Puffy Heart Valentines

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I am going to be totally honest here, I love the thought of decorating my mantle for every holiday but I only decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That doesn’t mean I am not inspired when I see cute and creative Valentine’s Day crafts & décor. Pinterest definitely gave me the idea to make these plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines.

These plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines were made from my son's favorite flannel shirt. They are being given to his 3 sisters for Valentine's Day.

In the past, the extent of my Valentine’s Day festivities used to be helping my kids make valentine cards, fun gifts and treats for their class parties when they were little. As my kids got older and didn’t have class parties any longer I made it a tradition of hosting our own Valentine’s Day “dinner party”. I make a spaghetti dinner because it’s red which is also the theme of the dinner party and each place setting has a handmade card from me along with a small gift. We also take turns going around the table and telling each other something fun and positive that we love about each other.

I traced a stencil with chalk onto the black felt to make the backing for my plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines.

Over the course of the last year we have tried to re-incorporate family traditions but it is very difficult since my son unexpectedly passed away in 2015. I always get caught off guard when I am planning anything for my kids and no longer pick up 4 of everything or I plan a family dinner knowing that his chair is going to be empty and no matter how great the picture is I always see a big whole in family photos. After lots of therapy and guidance, rather than focus on the sadness of our loss, we have chosen to focus on our happy memories  of Cody and include him in our celebrations as much as possible.

Tracing hearts onto the felt for the back of the plaid flanned puffy heart Valentines.

At Christmas time I still hang his stocking on the mantle but instead of filling it with treats I write him a letter and put it in his stocking. This past Christmas I gave ornaments made out of his favorite plaid flannel shirt to our family and friends.

Sewing the plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines with some embroidery thread.

For this Valentine’s Day dinner, I have taken the remnants from Cody’s favorite shirt and made plaid flannel puffy heart valentines for my 3 girls. This really was an easy project that took me minutes but will be a cherished gift forever. I even sprayed it with his cologne.

Just a simple whip stitch to sew the plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines.

How to Make Plaid Flannel Puffy Heart Valentines

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Before we get started on my amateur instructions, keep in mind that I want this to look homemade and perfection is not my goal with this craft project. I just wanted to make something with materials that hold special memories and have meaning behind the gift. I personally like the uneven stitches and the frayed edges.

 Plaid flannel puffy hear Valentines are accessorized with a black velvet ribbon, gold key and some lace ribbon.

Directions– I used a heart die cut as my template and traced it onto the material with a piece of chalk. I cut out one heart from the felt material and one from the plaid flannel shirt. I placed them on top of each other and did a basting stitch around the edge making sure to leave a section open so I could add the stuffing. Then I finished the basting stich and closed the edge completely. Then I added a loop of ribbon so it could be hung up on a bulletin board or rearview mirror of the car or wherever the girls choose to hang it. I also added some twine, lace trim and a golden key from my collection of keys.

How to make a plaid flannel puffy heart Valentines from a favorite shirt.

This project is being shared with my friends at the Celebrate the Season Link Party , Ta-Da Link Party, I am Pinnable Party and the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party.

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