A good friend of mine is getting married on Valentine’s Day and asked me and Jo for some unique ideas for wedding favors. It didn’t take us long to come up with a cute and simple heart-shaped sachets made out of felt. A few Jordan almonds tucked into each sachet will make them perfectly lovely favors at the reception.
These sachets are quick and easy to make, and good for a lot more than weddings. Here are some other great uses for these sachets:
- Fill them with candy to make adorable Valentines for friends, classmates and loved ones.
- Stuff them with scented scented potpourri for your mother or grandmother.
- Put a little love note inside and tuck the sachet into your honey’s pocket, briefcase, or car on Valentine’s Day (or any day)
- Pop the question by tucking an engagement ring inside!
I’ll show you how to create the simple sachet, and then I’ll show you a fancier version and a kid’s version. They’re all so fun!
The simple sachet
First, print out our free heart pattern onto regular paper and cut out the three shapes. Pin the shapes onto a piece of felt and then cut around them.
Place the full heart on the table, then put the two half-heart pieces on top, making sure they overlap at the horizontal seam. (The horizontal seam is there so that you can get items in an out of the sachet later!)
Take the heart to the sewing machine and sew all the way around, about 1/4″ to 3/8″ from the edge.
After it’s sewn, take a pair of pinking shears and trim the edges to make them nice and even. The pinking shears also give the edges a nice zigzag finish.
Now you can open the flap on the back and put the goodies inside. Don’t stuff it too full, or the flap won’t close again.
The kid-friendly version
After completing the simple sachets above, you can now hand the hearts off to your kids to decorate. With puffy paints, buttons, ribbons, and glue, your kids can make custom Valentines for their friends or family members. Just take a look at the adorable heart Jo’s daughter made for her Daddy.
The fancy version
First, you can embroider a design or message on the front of the sachet. If you are lucky enough to have access to an electronic embroidery machine (like my new Singer Futura CE-150, which I love), this is quite easy to do. If not, you can always embroider a design by hand and personalize your sachet however you wish.
Another nice touch to add is a ribbon hanger. To do this, just cut a piece of nice satin satin ribbon about six inches long. Fold the ribbon in half and put the cut ends towards the center of the heart, on the back of the full heart. Hold it in place with your finger, add the two half-hearts just as before, and secure all the pieces in place with a pin. Then sew and trim the heart just as before.
A third way to spice up your sachets is to use a decorative stitch to sew it closed. You can do this by hand, or with one of the decorate stitches available on most sewing machines these days.
These extra touches can really put your sachet over the top!