❤️ 7 handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas for darlings, sweethearts, and honeys ❤️

“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be . . . well, January.”

–Jim Gaffigan, Comedian

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word February? Maybe you feel a flutter in your heart because you know spring is closer than it’s ever been; maybe it’s the birthday month of somebody special to you. Heck, maybe President’s Day is your jam! But for most of us, February turns our heads toward our hearts . . . because Valentine’s Day is on the way!

Whether you want to shower someone you love with hugs and kisses, candy and flowers, or a night on the town, a gift you’ve made with your own two hands will help the day last forever. Today we’ve rounded up some smallish projects to whip up in plenty of time for the 14th—who would you make these pretty handmade gifts for?

❤️ Turn itty-bitty buttons and bits of wool into a beautiful pillow with a happy heart! We love how Stacy West adds pretty feather-stitched details to the seam that joins the front and back of the pillow:

Folk Art Heart Pillow
Folk Art Heart Pillow by Stacy West, from
The Best of Buttermilk Basin

❤️ We envision this little quilt in red and white—and the embroidered sentiments are something your sweetie will want to hang every Valentine’s Day (or perhaps all year long):

Love and Dreams Wall Hanging
Love and Dreams Wall Hanging by Gail Pan, from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

❤️ This darling tote bag shares an embroidered verse on the front that celebrates friendship in its many forms:

True Friend Tote
True Friend Tote by Natalie Bird, from
Cottage-Style Charm

❤️ Here’s another cute project from Natalie—wouldn’t this be a perfect gift for a little one who’s in love with a doll or a teddy bear? A tiny blanket for their bestie!

Heart and Bloom Mini-Quilt
Heart and Bloom Mini-Quilt by Natalie Bird, from
Cottage-Style Charm

❤️ Just one charm pack is all it takes to make this pair of coordinating mini-quilts—one to keep and one to give to a treasured friend:

Forever Friends
Forever Friends by Lisa Bongean, from
Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

This teeny heart quilt is perfect for making in multiples—sew one in each family member’s signature colors:

Little Love
Little Love by Edyta Sitar, from
Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels

❤️ Okay . . . so you might not be able to finish this gorgeous quilt by Valentine’s Day—but it looks so fun to make. And Valentine’s Day 2020 is only 375 days away!

Flower Power
Flower Power by Helen Stubbings, from
Red & White Quilts

Who would you like to surprise with a fabric valentine this year: your main squeeze, your mom and dad, your kids, your grandkids, your best friend? Tell us in the comments!


29 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My main squeeze, of course, and our 7 sons and their families. Of course, we don’t need a holiday to love and appreciate all of them.

    —Janey on February 4, 2019
  • My main squeeze and our daughter for certain.

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on February 4, 2019
  • My kids

    —Kaye Walker on February 4, 2019
  • My best friend, Lisa! We love the same things and each other!

    —Welton Renee on February 4, 2019
  • I’d like to make something for my daughters

    —Delinda on February 4, 2019
  • My 2nd Mom and Dad who are in their 90’s to let them know how much I love them.

    —Ann West on February 4, 2019
  • Wow some pretty cute valentine ideas… my main squeeze is my biggest quilting fan.

    —GwenH on February 4, 2019
  • Grandkid

    —Denise M Norton on February 4, 2019
  • My grandchildren, two girls and one little boy, have my heart. Definitely the little grandkids.

    —carol on February 4, 2019
  • My best friend, for over 50 years. She is in a nursing home and loves to get homemade things

    —Geri on February 4, 2019
  • Love to give “everlasting “ valentines to grandkids. These mini projects are great!

    —Julia S on February 4, 2019
  • I’d like to make something for my DH. He’d poo-poo the event, but would inwardly glow with warmth and appreciation.

    —SandyMay on February 4, 2019
  • I would have to say my best friend. She’s the one who "gets it"!!! Gets the crazy fabric, color, applique, and woolly mind I have!

    —Patty F. on February 4, 2019
  • I have so many scraps I need to use up, so I would like to learn how to make up a ready to give batch of quilted postcards, b’day cards, valentine cards, Christmas cards, thank you cards, etc. I have also made the Edyta Sitar’s heart mini quilt that you showcased, pin cushions and am inspired by your all your updates! So much to do! I need to get into action! I love my all my quilting inspirational books I get from Martingale.

    Thank you, Shasha, we love hearing that – it makes our day! –Jenny

    —Shasha on February 4, 2019
  • I have a surprise for my 2 girls.

    —Fran Claassens on February 4, 2019
  • My hubby.

    —Sue Goodin on February 4, 2019
  • my kids need somethng fab

    —Theresa J on February 4, 2019
  • thanks for the ideas: I need to do something for my hubby, and I have The buttermilk basin book, so I think that is what I’m going to do! 🙂

    —Helen on February 4, 2019
  • I have lunch once a month with my school friends. Most of us started school together in first grade and graduated from High School together. I would love to give these twelve ladies fabric hearts for Valentines Day.

    —Pamela Jones on February 4, 2019
  • My Daughter. Her favorite color is red and her favorite holiday is Valentine’s day.

    —Lisa Porter on February 4, 2019
  • My daughter Amanda.

    —Lisa Newton on February 4, 2019
  • I would make my grandsons a valentine. They are small so they like everything and they are so much fun!

    —Sharon Ray on February 5, 2019
  • I’d like to surprise my husband. He never sees my work (I have a "no entry" clause on my craft room), and I think he would be really touched.

    —Teri D. Gailey on February 5, 2019
  • I would like to surprise my granddaughter,but I don’t think she would appreciate like my best friend Tarita. She would truly treasure it.

    —Wanda Patterson on February 6, 2019
  • I would like to surprise my good friend who has been very supportive through some hard times.

    —Darliss Peabody on February 8, 2019
  • My grandchildren!!

    —Sherri on February 8, 2019
  • My main squeeze.

    —Carol Gouveia on February 8, 2019
  • I would like to make for a friend of mine, who this past year and a half has undergone chemo and radiation. It is too late to for me to make for Valentine’s Day, but I can do this anytime. These little quilts are adorable.

    Barb H. on February 8, 2019
  • It would be for my main squeeze. The support he has done for this family is beyond expectations. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net.

    —Darrell H on February 11, 2019

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