Valentine’s Day gifts can be lovely and truly heartfelt, but sometimes I wonder if somehow along the way we haven’t just been caught up in the commercialisation of it all? (Valentine’s Day is sometimes called a ‘Hallmark holiday’.)
I think one way we can show our love is to make something for our loved one/s by hand. A Valentine’s gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money (new cars, diamond rings, or huge bunches of roses are so passe, don’t you think?) nor does it have to take a lot of time. In fact, some of the best handmade gifts I’ve ever received have been super simple but the love behind it was truly evident.
One of my favourite gifts to give is a book. I’m a book lover, and firmly believe that to gift a book we have purposely chosen and sought out, is a divine act of love in itself. Books often share and deliver the message we are trying to speak but cannot necessarily invoke. If I can add a little something handmade to a gift of a book, then this to me, is perfection.
This little something I’m talking about doesn’t take long to make at all, yet I have no doubt of its’ usefulness and purpose. It’s a book corner pouch page-saver- a little handy tool that helps one find our way back to our page in an instant, and of course, it looks pretty.
Why not make one for your loved one too?
To make your own, start by cutting two triangles of felt to fit the corner of your book. (Notice the book I used for my photo- Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, yes, she of Eat Pray Love fame. Committed is a really really nice book about marriage and love and life.)
Then draw your motif you’d like to share on a piece of post-it note.
Cut it out and sew it on using teeny tiny blanket stitches.
Personalise it further with a bit of hand embroidery. I drew the outline of the initials A & N in faint pencil, then used stem stitch to make them come to life.
When the stitching of your pattern is complete, sew up the two straight sides (not the diagonal) using blanket stitch, about 2-3mm apart. Cut off any loose threads.
Now, all that is left is for you to find that perfect book and slip your bit of handmade goodness over the front page cover.
For full instructions and more pictures on a printable A4 sheet, download my Valentine’s Day book pouch PDF.